10 Most Awful Nicknames in Boxing

Published 09/07/2021, 1:37 PM EDT

Boxing and combat sports, in general, see fighters get their own moniker. Fight fans base these nicknames usually on appearance, fight style, or an attribute of the fighter. Every time the fighter performs, the announcer calls out this name as well as their legal name. And a lot of the time fans call the fighters by their monikers instead of their real name.


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Today we take a look at the 10 worst nicknames in boxing history.

1. Anthony ‘Sugar Ray Clay Jones Jr.’ Small


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This has to be the most outrageous nickname on this list. The British boxer decided to pay homage to his idols in his nickname. If you haven’t guessed it yet, here it is, Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Cassius Clay, and Roy Jones Jr make up ‘Sugar Ray Clay Jones Jr.’

2. Joel ‘Love Child’ Julio

Joel ‘Love Child’ Julio boasts 37 wins, out of which 31 were by knockout. You wouldn’t want to mess with the Love Child.

3. Scott ‘The Pink Cat’ Walker

Scott Walker was not the ideal boxer, the one that instills fear into his opponent’s hearts. Instead, he was the boxer with the not-so-manly nickname and pink shorts.

4. Lance ‘Goofi’ Whitaker

What a goofy nickname. What were they thinking? Apparently, his moniker was a stunt by his manager Rock Newman to create publicity and affection towards him, and for a while, it worked, and he became headline news. But ‘goof’ things don’t last long.

5. Jerry ‘Wimpy’ Halstead

They were probably trying to throw his opponents off by calling him ‘Wimpy’. But because Jerry Halstead boasts a career record of 105 fights and 84 wins, 64 by knockout, it wouldn’t be a good idea to call this guy a wimp.

6. Darnell ‘The Ding-A-Ling Man’ Wilson

The Ding-A-Ling man has to be some sort of inappropriate joke that Darnell Wilson’s manager or promoter pulled on him. What fighter goes into a sport such as prizefighting with the moniker, ‘The-Ding-A-Ling man’?


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7. Donnell ‘The Real Touch of Sleep’ Holmes

Just in case fans thought there was another man named The touch of sleep, Donnell Holmes made sure everyone knew that he was ‘The Real Touch of Sleep’.

8. Francois ‘The White Buffalo’ Botha

South Africa’s Francois ‘The White Buffalo’ Botha was nothing like a white buffalo. If he was, he would have run through the heavyweight division. Instead, he got run over by the likes of Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko, and Michael Grant are evidence of that.


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9. Chuck ‘The Bayonne Bleeder’ Wepner

Chuck Wepner was a real tough guy. He had an iron chin. Wepner acquired the moniker because of his unfortunate tendency to get cut badly and bleed profusely during bouts. For a tough fighter like Wepner, ‘The Bayonne Bleeder’ didn’t do his fighting style justice.

10. Tony ‘The Punching Postman’ Thornton


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Tony Thornton raked up 45 career fights, 26 knockouts, seven losses, and a draw. ‘The Punching Postman was never a top-tier middleweight, but what he lacked in skills, he made up for with a tireless work ethic. He challenged for the belt thrice but failed all three times. ‘The Punching Postman’ just couldn’t land that one decisive punch.

Who do you think has the most awful nickname in boxing history?



Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Combat Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Allan is a semi-professional football player for Diego Juniors FC.