Boxing is a sport that has never been short of highly decorated characters. The names of boxers have come and gone but the nicknames of boxers will forever be etched in our memory banks. These are the worst of the worst.
Eric ” Butterbean” Esch
Butterbeans rise to fame was an unconventional one but one memorable on nonetheless. He began in the toughman competiton wheir ordinary people would step in the ring and see how tough they were. Butterbean dominated his opponents. Knocking them out one by one which led him to belive he could turn his no holds barred style into a professional career. It worked. 12 years later at 385 pounds the Alabama native posted a professional record of 71-7-4. His most notable fights were against Peter McNeely which he won and against Larry Holmes in which he lost. After boxing he switched to MMA.
James “Double M” Tillis
This is one nickname that will make you wonder why anybody would use it besides the creator. Born May 7, 1957 James had a very storied career. He stood 6 feet 1 inches tall, had and orthodox stance and was trained by Muhammed Ali’s famous trainer Angelo Dundee. Double M would go on to fight some of the bigger names in boxing. He lost his first title bout to Mike Weaver in a fairly close fight. Other notable fighter he would later fight are Tommy Morrison from the movie Rocky 5, Frank Bruno and Evander Holyfield. Double M will always be remembered by his fight with a up and coming fighter by the name of Iron Mike Tyson. Needless to say that fight did not last very long. He finished his profesional boxing career with a record of 42 wins 22 losses and 1 draw. Double M had 31 knockouts along the way.
Chuck ” The Bayonne Bleeder ” Wepnar
The Bayonne Bleeder had a terrific professional career which landed him in the boxing hall of fame. Chuck was undefeated as an ameature boxer. He attained New Yorks golden gloves and UAA boxing championship. In 1970 he defeated Ernie Terrell for the North American boxing championship. That fight caught the attention of fight promoter Don King. Very few people thought that when The Bayoone Bleeder took the fight with Muhammed Ali that Chuck would have a chance of winning. Everybody was surprised how baffled he had Ali during the fight. Often times Ali would have a puzzled look on his face in between rounds. With the jabs and combinations he threw during the fight caught Muhammed Ali off guard into which he knocked Ali down which was a rare occasion for the hall of fame Ali. He would eventually lose to Ali but will always be remembered for that night for giving the champ the fight of his life
Marlon “Magic Man” Starling
Marlon Starling was a showman in the ring, so much some would even say he was clowning. Even in his biggest fights that would not stop the magic man from showing off. Marlon is from Hartford Connecticut. He won his first 25 fight in very dramatic fashion knocking out 16 fighters He lost his first televised fight because he could not stop his flamboyant antics inside of the squared circle. Throughout his career Magic man knockout 27 boxers and lost a close decision the the hightly touted Floyd Mayweather Sr. Magic Mans carerr had some bizarre twists and turns along the way. Six fight into his career he knocked out Charles Newell who passed away nine days later from injuries sustained in the fight. He will also be known for the fight aginst Tomas Molinas. He was ahead against Molinas when he was knocked out right after the bell sounded. Magic Man was unconscious for a while and he also hurt his leg on the way down. During the post fight interview he stated that he was not knocked out. The boxing commission later changed to a no contest.
“Big” George Foreman
Most known for his grills George Foreman was one of the best boxers of a few eras. He a a tremendous bout with Muhammed Ali when George was not so big in Sout Africa aptly titled The thriller in Manila. He and Evander Holyfield were in an all out slugfest that no one thought that George would would even finish the fight. Big George won the heavyweight championship belt in two separate decades that will always be remembered. He was a consumate professional who will go down as one of the sport of boxings hardest hitting punchers.