Ever wonder how some of the most well know professional boxers get some of their great nicknames? A boxer’s nickname is supposed to not only be catchy but inspire fear in their opponents. I was curious to know how some great boxers get stuck with awful nicknames. When it comes to boxing nicknames here is a list of what has to be the top five stinkers of all time.
Lance Whitaker is an American Heavyweight boxer who was discovered in 1989 while standing in line at a Burger King. Known for his size at a towering 6’8″ and 250 pounds once billed as Mount Whitaker he officially filled papers to have his first name legally changed to Goofi. Whitaker said his decision to change his name was about him wanting to have fun in life and for publicity. Unfortunately being called Goofi did not seem to have the positive effect for his boxing reputation that he wanted.
Born in Michigan Eric Esch was a professional boxer, kick boxer, and martial artist whose nickname is “Butterbean”. This former IBA World Super heavyweight champion has been featured in MTV’s “Jackass” movie with Johnny Knoxville. At 5’11’ weighing 350 pounds with a bald head and vicious scowl he was intimidating regardless of his strange nickname. Maybe he was given the nickname Butterbean because of his stature and bald head. This popular boxing figure currently lives in Alabama with his family he owns a BBQ restaurant, who knows maybe they serve butterbeans on their menu.
Now retired Pernell Whitaker is considered one of the all time greatest professional boxers despite his odd nickname. He is a lightweight silver medalist from the 1982 World Championships he then received a gold medal from the 1983 Pan American Games and 1984 Olympics. Pernell got this nickname purely by accident when he was a child he was called Pete by his family and at matches his fans would call him “Sweet Pete.” Later his nickname was quoted as being “Sweet Pea” accidentally by a local journalist and it just stayed with him.
Archie Moore was born in 1913, this now deceased professional boxer holds the record for the most KO’s at 141. He had one of the longest professional careers in the history of sports fighting for an amazing 27 years. He was the light heavyweight world boxing champion between 1952 and 1959 and again in 1961. He was also the only boxer to fight both Muhammad Ali and “Rocky” Marciano. Upon retiring he was involved with a program he started called “Any Boy Can” to help reach out to troubled youth. After seeing his quick reflexes when fighting he was given the nickname “The Mongoose” after the animal since they are very fast. But with all the inspirational things he achieved in his lifetime he won’t be defined only by his strange boxing nickname.
“The Bayonne Bleeder”
Chuck Wepner definitely has been given one of the worst nicknames in boxing history. When you hear his it doesn’t inspire fear or make you think he is a tough opponent. It does just the opposite you think all he is going to do during the boxing match is bleed everywhere himself. This is exactly how he got this bad nickname he was know to bleed easily when fighting. Born in 1939 in Bayonne this boxers most memorable fight is in 1975 when he went 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali. Watching the fight at home Sylvester Stallone was said to be inspired by this fight and Wepner is credited for being the inspiration for the movie great Rocky Balboa.
wikipedia.org – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lance_Whitaker
pridefc.com – www.pridefc.com/pride2005/index.php
wikipedia.org – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pernell_Whitaker
saddoboxing.com – www.saddoboxing.com/boxing-article/Archie-Moore-Old-Mongoose.html
wikipedia.org – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Wepner