When you think of boxing nicknames you probably think of “Iron” Mike Tyson, Evander “The Real Deal’ Holyfield, or Ray “Boom Boom ” Mancini. Most of the great boxers had great nicknames, but there were some exceptions.
Today we recap some of the worst nicknames in boxing history.
5. Mitch “Blood” Green – A top ten contender most of his professional career. “Blood” Green was best remembered for getting into a street fight with Mike Tyson in Harlem. “Blood” got the worst of the deal and lived up to his nickname. He also at one time was TKO-ed for refusing to throw a punch, and kept coming out of retirement until 2002 in an attempt to win the coveted “New York Heavyweight Title”. He had a distinguished amateur career, and wasn’t a bleeder, but took a great deal of punishment in bouts with many fine fighters.
4. Wayne “Pocket Rocket” McCullough – This featherweight fighter is not named after a woman’s novelty toy, but for the gym he trains out of and the fact he is durable and attacking puncher. He is from Northern Ireland, and amassed a 308-11 record as an amateur. Now based in Las Vegas, he won a Japanese bantamweight championship and has fought the likes of Oscar Larios and Prince Nassem Hamed. When McCullough is asked about his nickname he always shrugs off the question and laughs. McCullough has been a great ambassador for boxing and said he will always love his sport.
3. “El Terrible” Erik Morales – At first glance, if you don’t know how to translate Spanish you might think Erik Morales was a terrible boxer. But the fact is ‘El Terrible” translates as “one who is feared” in English. Morales was a 4-time world champion in four different weight classes. Morales was anything but terrible, in fact he made it into ESPN’s 50 Greatest Boxers of All Time. In February 2000, “El Terrible” defeated Marco Antonio Barrera to win a Super Bantamweight title in what many called the fight of the year for 2000. Morales would’ve been more popular in English speaking circles if people actually realized what his nickname translated to. Morales is currently retired and living in Tijuana, Mexico. He is thinking about a return to the ring sometime in 2010. Let’s hope he is not terrible.
2. Jerry “Wimpy” Halstead – “Wimpy” Halstead sure had an unusual nickname. Halstead proved during his career he was anything but “Wimpy”. Fighting for seventeen years, Halstead finished with an impressive 84-19-1 record with 62 by knockout. Halstead fought mainly as a heavyweight. He fought many name fighters including James “Buster’ Douglas, Tommy Morrison and Alex Stewart; all losses. He was not afraid to fight anyone, so he was anything but “wimpy”. Halstead came to fight each and every night, not blessed with great talent or athleticism he won 84 bouts by outworking his opponent. Halstead sure deserved a better nickname than “Wimpy”.
1. Micky “Toy Bulldog” Walker – Born Edward Patrick Walker, Walker earned his nickname “Toy Bulldog” because he was often the smaller man in the ring by over 10 pounds. Still, he fought with the determination of a Bull Dog. While a Toy Bulldog doesn’t strike fear into most people, Walker earned his boxing stripes when he stepped into the ring as a professional at the tender age of 16, and after having a grand total of zero amateur bouts. Walker fought most of his fights in either Elizabeth or Newark, New Jersey. He retired after a thirty year boxing career and a record of 103 – 22 -5. He held the Welterweight and Middleweight titles during his career, but he is best known for having an 11-1 career record against fighters that outweighed him by 20 or more pounds.
There you have it, my ranking of the worst boxing nicknames of all time. Fathers, if you have a son that is a young boxer, think carefully about the nickname he might chose to enter the ring with. It may stick with him a long, long time.