We have heard some strange nicknames, but some are just worse than others. Boxing has to be one of the most he-man sports there are. Which is why it baffles me that some boxers pick some goofy and down right girlie nicknames to go by. I am going to list five of the worst boxing nicknames, in my opinion anyway.
5. Bam Bam – I get why Robert Hines probably decided on this nickname, you know, give someone the old “one, two”, but every time I hear this nickname I think of “Bam Bam” the cute little kid in the Flintstones show. Robert Hines is former Middleweight title holder so he has obviously earned his nickname, it just baffles me why he would want to call himself Bam Bam and not some more manly nickname.
4. The Quietman – Real name is John Ruiz and he definitely deserves a round of applause from everyone because he became the first person with Hispanic origin to hold a world heavyweight title, an honor he received in 2000. Not only was he the first but he is also the only person of his nationality to have held that title. The reason why I hate this particular nickname is because when you’re in the boxing ring facing an opponent, it is anything but quiet. On a different note I think this man desperately needs to shave or wax because he looks like the guy that Ben Stiller played basketball against in the movie Along Came Polly.
3. The Choirboy – With a nickname like choirboy it is hard to believe Peter Culshaw is a former super flyweight title holder and has won 24 fights in his career. Choirboy is hardly the nickname I would have chosen for someone I would want to be seen as a formidable opponent, especially when Peter Culshaw only stands at five foot, six inches. All of the places that I went to school at growing up, if someone would have said they like to be called choirboy they were asking to get their butt kicked from everyone within earshot.
2. Brown Bomber – His real name was Joseph Louis Barrow or Joe Louis for short. He was a heavy weight boxing champion from 1937 to 1949. Joseph Louis Barrow had a very eventful lifetime. His father was committed to a mental institution when he was only two years old, his mother later remarried. His family decided to move from Alabama to Michigan after coming into contact with the Ku Klux Klan. He started an amateur boxing career while in his late teens. He later won the heavy weight boxing championship in 1937 and continued to hold onto it for the next 12 years until he announced his retirement in early 1949. Joseph had his share of financial troubles, at one time he owed the IRS in excess of five hundred thousand dollars. He also had personal problems, like many celebrities before and since, Joe Louis struggled with cocaine usage, which caused him to be hospitalized more than once. Joseph Barrow died at age of sixty-six of a heart attack. The reason why I think the Brown Bomber is such a horrible nickname because when I hear it I think of someone throwing a paper back filled with feces at someone.
Now the number one worst boxing nickname in my book.
1. Little Big Man – Sure he only stood at five foot seven inches tall, but come on, couldn’t he have come up with a better nickname than Little Big Man. Sharmba Mitchell began his professional boxing career at the young age of eighteen in 1988 and is a former welterweight champion.
Well that’s it for my top five worst boxing nicknames. In no way am I saying these men were terrible at what they do, I just wish they had chosen better nicknames. I would like to give credit to google and wikipedia for helping me with my research.