Boxing nicknames | 40 of the most memorable monikers

By Leroy Cleveland - July 3, 2022

Boxers are among the most colorful athletes in the world and, accordingly, have the most creative nicknames.

Below is a list of 40 of the greatest nicknames in boxing history:

Should we add a few more?

Please feel free to add new names in the comments section below as we’ll revise this list and publish a new-and-improved listing later this year.

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If you submit names, keep in mind:

1. The fighter must be at least relatively high-profile and
2. the more creative and memorable his moniker, the better.

Who can forget names like “Lights Out” Toney, “Bonecrusher” Smith, and fat man “Two-Ton” Tony? In some cases, a fighter’s nickname was so good, that it actually replaced his real name. For example, Donovan Ruddock is known more by “Razor” Ruddock and the name Eric Esch pales in comparison to his moniker, “Butterbean.”

Can you think of any more boxing nicknames?

James “Lights Out” Toney
James “Bonecrusher” Smith
Two-Ton Tony (Tony Galento)
The Nigerian Nightmare” (Samuel Peter)
The Baby-Faced Assassin (Marco Antonio Barrera)
“Hands of Stone” “Manos de Piedra” (Roberto Duran)
Darnell “The Ding-a-Ling Man” Wilson
Donovan “Razor” Ruddock
Michael “Second to” Nunn
Ronald “Winky” Wright
Homicide Hank (Henry Armstrong)
Iran “The Blade” Barkley
The Living Death (Lew Jenkins)
John “The Beast” Mugabi
Juan “The Hispanic Causing Panic” Lazcano
Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson
Merciless Ray Mercer
Mike “The Body Snatcher” McCallum
Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe
Smokin’ Joe (Joe Frazier)
Sweet Pea (Pernell Whitaker)
Hector “Macho” Camacho
The Boogieman (Jesse Ferguson)
The Brockton Blockbuster (Rocky Marciano)
The Brown Bomber (Joe Louis)
The Easton Assassin (Larry Holmes)
Eric Esch “Butterbean”
The Golden Boy (Oscar de la Hoya)
The Greatest (Muhammad Ali)
The Motor City Cobra (Tommy Hearns)
The Truth (Carl Williams)
“Marvelous” Marvin Hagler
Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza
Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins
Andrew “Six Heads” Lewis
Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini
“Sugar” Ray Robinson
“Iron” Mike Tyson
DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley
“The Viking Warrior” Mikkel Kessler
“The Black Mamba” Roger Mayweather

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