Least threatening boxer nicknames

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by Saintpat, Apr 2, 2024.

  1. Saintpat

    Saintpat Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jun 26, 2009
    Everybody wants a badass nickname )Bonecrusher Smith, Thunder Gatti, Hit Man Hearns, Iron Mike) or a marketable one (Golden Boy, Boom Boom, etc) or a descriptive one complimentary of one’s style (Sugar Rays and Marvelous Marvin) … but what about pushovers? Which boxers of some note (whether champions or contenders or even plucky journeymen) embraced the kind of nicknames that might make an opponent quick to sign up for an easy night if they judged only by monicker?

    I have a few and figure we can come up with many more:

    Sweet Pea Whitaker has to take the cake … but you have to eat your vegetables first! Pernell was indeed sweet, but the ‘pea’ added to it just makes him seem adorable … until you try to hit him. After 12 rounds of missing and getting countered, most guys would probably stick to meat and potatoes rather than venture into Whitaker’s garden again.

    Termite Watkins is a good one. Actually it’s a scary nickname if you’re a block of wood or a homeowner, but otherwise it’s just an ant with an appetite. Yet he was plucky and scrappy and annoying to those who learned first-hand why he got the nickname.

    Cookie Wallace was a 1970s journeyman heavyweight who fought them all, out of Texas iirc. Well, C is for Cookie, and that’s good enough for me.

    Kid Chocolate sounds sweet, but it was a bitter experience for most who fought him.
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  2. scartissue

    scartissue Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    Robert 'Songbird' Williams

    Willie 'Birdlegs' Jensen

    Willie 'The Worm' Monroe
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  3. Romero

    Romero Slapping Enthusiast Full Member

    Mar 27, 2024
    If I ever fight I’ll be stealing Mr Jensen’s moniker. To add some answers @Saintpat “Slapsie” Maxie Rosenbloom and Stanley “Kitten” Hayward.
  4. Ioakeim Tzortzakis

    Ioakeim Tzortzakis Active Member Full Member

    Aug 27, 2020
    Jose ''Mantequilla'' Napoles
    Georges ''The Orchid Man'' Carpentier
    James J Braddock ''The Cinderella man''
    Roman ''Chocolatito'' Gonzalez
    Maxie ''Slapsie'' Rosenbloom
    Owen ''What the heck'' Beck
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  5. USFBulls727

    USFBulls727 Member Full Member

    Oct 7, 2022
    Bruce "The Mouse" Strauss
    Lance "Goofy" Whittaker
    Edward "Pee Wee" Parker
    Maurice "Thin Man" Blocker

    Never thought "Gentleman" Cooney/Corbett was very intimidating.

    Can't pass up a chance to throw Frank "Rootin Tootin" Newton's name out there.
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  6. Thread Stealer

    Thread Stealer VIP Member Full Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    “Boxing” Andrew Maynard. Also the least creative.
  7. USFBulls727

    USFBulls727 Member Full Member

    Oct 7, 2022
    Anvi Yildirim's nickname is "Mr. Robot", which is hands down the most ridiculous nickname I've ever heard. It also fits this thread of being not very threatening.
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  8. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo VIP Member Full Member

    Jan 3, 2007
    Gerald “ The Jedi “ Nobles wasn’t exactly a “ weak “ name but kinda corny
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  9. Saintpat

    Saintpat Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jun 26, 2009
    Mushy Callahan is another.

    Battling Bozo (t/n Curtis Hambright)

    Johnny “The Entertainer” Nelson

    Julius “The Chef” Jackson

    I wish longtime Louisiana referee Elmo Adolph had gone by “Tickle Me” (at least he didn’t lean into his last name and go by “The Fuhrer” … far as I know he didn’t have a nickname at all).
  10. Flo_Raiden

    Flo_Raiden Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Oct 12, 2010
    Alberto “Tweety” Davila
    John “The Quiet Man” Ruiz
    Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade
    James “Chunky” DeGale
  11. USFBulls727

    USFBulls727 Member Full Member

    Oct 7, 2022
    Lou "Honey Boy" Del Valle
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  12. BoB Box

    BoB Box Rollin with the punches Full Member

    Jun 13, 2022
    Pretty Boy Floyd! Lol!
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  13. Kid Bacon

    Kid Bacon All-Time-Fat Full Member

    Nov 8, 2011
    Eric Scott Esch, better known as the mythical "Butterbean", is a must in any "weird nicknames" list.

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  14. Ney

    Ney Active Member Full Member

    Feb 13, 2024
    The Toy Bulldog sounds adorable…but…
  15. Pedro_El_Chef

    Pedro_El_Chef Member Full Member

    Mar 29, 2023
    The Boston gob, Jack Sharkey.
    The Boston tar baby Sam Langford.
    "Kingfish" Levinsky.
    The Cleveland Rubber Man, Johnny Risko.
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