November 24, 2014

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10 Famous Boxer Nicknames

Boxer Nicknames

Boxer Nicknames

You may or may not remember the names on the list below, but all of them went down in history as some of the most ferocious pugilists the world of boxing has ever witnessed, way before the “Pretty Boy”, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. or “Pac-Man”, Manny Pacquiao.

So, here we go:

1. Primo Carnera, “The Ambling Alp”. Primo Carnera (October 26, 1906 – June 29, 1967) was an Italian boxer, nicknamed the Ambling Alp, who became the world heavyweight champion.

2. Rocky Marciano, “The Brockton Blockbuster”. Rocky Marciano (September 1, 1923 – August 31, 1969), born Rocco Francis Marchegiano, was an Italian-American boxer and the heavyweight champion of the world from September 23, 1952, to April 27, 1956. When he retired he became the only heavyweight champion to finish his career undefeated. Marciano was also nicknamed “The Rock from Brockton”.

3. Joe Louis, “The Brown Bomber”. Joseph Louis Barrow (May 13, 1914 – April 12, 1981), better known as Joe Louis, was the world heavyweight boxing champion from 1937 to 1949. He is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweights of all time.

4. Gene Tunney, “The Fighting Marine”. James Joseph “Gene” Tunney (May 25, 1897 – November 7, 1978) was the world heavyweight boxing champion from 1926-1928 who defeated Jack Dempsey twice, first in 1926 and then in 1927.

5. James J. Corbett, “Gentleman Jim”. James John “Gentleman Jim” Corbett (September 1, 1866 – February 18, 1933) was an Irish-American heavyweight boxing champion, best known as the man who defeated the great John L. Sullivan.

6. Max Baer, “The Livermore Larruper”. Maximilian Adelbert “Max” Baer (February 11, 1909 – November 21, 1959) was an American boxer of the 1930s, one-time Heavyweight Champion of the World, actor, entertainer, professional wrestler and referee.

7. Muhammad Ali, “The Louisville Lip”. Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.; January 17, 1942) is an American former boxer and three-time World Heavyweight Champion, who is widely considered one of the greatest heavyweight championship boxers. Ali carried several additional nicknames like “The Greatest” and “The Champ”.

8. Jack Dempsey, “The Manassa Mauler”. William Harrison “Jack” Dempsey (“The Manassa Mauler”) (June 24, 1895 – May 31, 1983) was an American boxer who held the world heavyweight title from 1919 to 1926. Dempsey’s aggressive style and exceptional punching power made him one of the most popular boxers in history.

9. Stanley Ketchel, “The Michigan Assassin”. Stanislaw Kiecał (September 14, 1886 – October 15, 1910), better known in the boxing world as Stanley Ketchel, was a Polish American boxer who became one of the greatest world middleweight champions.

10. Georges Carpentier, “The Orchid Man”. Georges Carpentier (pronounced car-pun-tee-eh) (January 12, 1894 – October 28, 1975) was a French boxer. He fought mainly as a light heavyweight and heavyweight in a career lasting from 1908-26. Nicknamed the “Orchid Man”, he stood 5 feet 11½ inches (1.816 m) and his fighting weight ranged from 125 to 175 pounds (57 to 79 kg). Carpentier was known for his speed, his excellent boxing skills and his extremely hard punch.

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