Boxing nicknames

Try our boxing nickname quiz – see how many you know, then let us know any of your fistic moniker favourites that we’ve left out.

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The Hispanic Causing Panic

The Explosive Thin Man

The Ghost with the Hammer in his Hand

The Ambling Alp

The Bayonne Bleeder

The Boston Tar Baby

The Casablanca Clouter

Two Ton

The Scotch Wop

Motor City Cobra

Macho

The Michigan Assassin

The Manassa Mauler

Second to

The Matchstick Man

Boom Boom

The Pazmanian Devil

Hands of Stone

Lights Out

Jimmy Wilde must be in contention for the record for the most number of monikers installed on a boxer

The Mongoose

The Bronx Bull

The Beast

The Body Snatcher

Sweet Pea

The Nordic Nightmare

The Nigerian Nightmare

Black Uhlan of the Rhine

Livermore Larruper

Basque Woodchopper

The Orchid Man

Pottawatomie Giant

Pittsburgh Windmill

The Pink Pounder

The Southpaw Joe C Wales

The Count of Monte Fisto


The Hispanic Causing Panic

Alexis Arguello

Alexis Arguello (Photo: jorgemejia)

Juan Lazcano

The Explosive Thin Man

Alexis Arguello

The Ghost with the Hammer in his Hand

Jimmy Wilde. Wilde must be in contention for the record for the most number of monikers installed on a boxer, other memorable epithets including the Tylorstown Terror and the Mighty Atom

The Ambling Alp

Primo Carnera

The Bayonne Bleeder

Chuck Wepner

The Boston Tar Baby

Sam Langford. The great Langford is another fighter with multiple nicknames, his including the Boston Terror and the Boston Bonecrusher

The Casablanca Clouter

Marcel Cerdan. The great French-Algerian middleweight was also known as the Moroccan Bomber

Two Ton

Tony Galento

The Scotch Wop

Johnny Dundee

Motor City Cobra

Thomas Hearns is more famously known as the Hitman, but I always preferred the Cobra epithet

Macho

Hector Macho Camacho

The Michigan Assassin

Stanley Ketchel

The Manassa Mauler

Jack Dempsey

Second to

Michael ‘second to’ Nunn

The Matchstick Man

Johnny Owen. The loveable and tragic Merthyr man was also known as the Bionic Bantam

Boom Boom

Ray ‘boom boom’ Mancini

The Pazmanian Devil

Vinny Pazienza

Hands of Stone

Roberto Duran

Lights Out

James Toney

The Mongoose

Archie Moore

The Bronx Bull

Jake LaMotta. This is the more authentic fighting name for LaMotta, although the alternative epithet of Raging Bull has become much more commonly used since the book and film of his life came out with that title

The Beast

John Mugabi

The Body Snatcher

Mike McCallum

Sweet Pea

Pernell Whitaker

The Nordic Nightmare

Robert Helenius

The Nigerian Nightmare

Samuel Peter

Black Uhlan of the Rhine

Max Schmeling

Livermore Larruper

Max Baer

Basque Woodchopper

Paulino Uzcudun

The Orchid Man

Georges Carpentier

Pottawatomie Giant

Jess Willard

Pittsburgh Windmill

Harry Greb

The Pink Pounder

Charles Jones, who was billed as the first ‘out and proud’ gay boxer

The Southpaw Joe C Wales

Joe Calzaghe. Calzaghe tried numerous uninspiring nicknames throughout his career – the Pride of Wales, Super Joe, the Italian Dragon. None of them stuck, and this Clint Eastwood-inspired moniker was only coined by US writers when Calzaghe headed across the Atlantic in the twilight of his career. Too wordy to really catch on, but truly inspired

The Count of Monte Fisto

Apollo Creed. Ok, he wasn’t a real boxer. Great nickname, though

What do you think of the list? Have you got any favourites we’ve left out? Let us know…

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