In the sport of boxing, nicknames are a necessity. Certain names are part of the history and culture of the sport. When we hear the words “The Champ” in boxing we know its Mohammed Ali, if its the “Real Deal” its Evander Holyfield. But there are some names, that are better off forgotten. Here are the top five worst names in boxing.
El Terrible (Erik Morales): With a career record of 48 wins, 34 knockouts, and only 6 losses according to Wikipedia, El Terrible, is really pretty good. He retired in 2007. He is still a well known Mexican boxer. Currently he is working as a manager of a attraction in Mexico. His salary is donated to charities around his native country. El Terrible is really a El Teddy Bear.
Hands of Stone (Roberto Duran): With a impressive career that spans from the late 1060’s into early 2001, the nickname for this boxer should have been “Made Out Of Stone.” His record is very impressive with 103 wins, 16 losses and 69 knockouts according to About.Com. Duran is of Panamanian descent and entered the world of boxing at the young age of 16.
Jerry “Wimpy” Halstead: Why would any boxer with a record like Halstead be called “wimpy”? Maybe they were referring to his opponents after a few rounds in the rink. Jerry “Wimpy” Halstead was a hefty boxer who fought some famous names in boxing such as Larry Frazier and Bobby Crabtree. His career spanned from 1980 to 1997.
Owen “What the Heck” Beck: Owen’s nickname was not very intimidating as a boxer, however, at a 73-5 record, you would would need to give a “heck.” Jamacian born, Owen entered the boxing world impressively, winning his first 24 fights. He is 24 years old and currently being promoted by Don King. His goal is to become the heavyweight champion of the world. If he accomplishes that, he may have to change his nickname.
The Boston Tar Baby(Sam Langford): One could never imagine baby and boxing in the same breath. Sadly, this is one of the worst nicknames for a rough sport like boxing. He was refereed to by ESPN as the “Greatest Fighter Nobody Knows.” Sam Lanford was a African Canadian who was a asset to the sport. Sadly, he died alone and blind in 1956. Later, he was recognized for his achievements in the sport with a induction into the Boxing Hall of Fame.
In a sport considered one of the roughest, it hard to imagine a boxer attaching themselves to a nickname that did not match it. The future of boxing is secure as it remains one of the most money making sports in history. This sadly, almost guarantees more nicknames to be added to the worst in boxing.