Back at the start of April we brought you "Great Boxing Names (Volume 1)" and now, a month on, we're bringing you Volume 2, where we again look at some of the best, funniest, and strangest names for Asian fighters. Today we're looking at another 5 names as part of this series.
As with volume 1 the ground rules are simple. We will be accepting fighters who either have a strange Ring name, Nickname or Real name. We will also only be accepting fighters who have some form of a link to Asia, be it that they are a citizen of an Asian country or they fought in Asia, or they fought for an OPBF or PABA title, for example an Australian who has fought for a regional title will be included.
Again we don't mean to disrespect the fighters, but we've found their names interesting enough to share with you guys, our readers.
Wang Ya Nan (8-0, 3)
The first female fighter to feature in this series is actually a pretty notable fighter. Before there was Zou Shiming and Can Xu China did actually have some world champions, and no we don't just mean Xiong Zhao Zhong. Chinese female boxers actually had some notable success before the men started to make a bit of a buzz. Among those females fighters was the wonderfully named "Wang Ya Nan", who won the WBC female Minimumweight title in 2008, years before Zhong became the first Chinese male world champion.
Win Twingym (0-1)
We're probably going to come across a number of names that could be seen as reflective, or not, on a fighters record. One guy who doesn't live up to his name is Win Twingym. This is obviously a ring name, and we don't have any idea of his real name, but it's still a brilliant one. His only recorded bout was a 10 round decision loss to the then PABA Light Flyweight champion Deeden Kengkarun back in 2001. A real shame Win's only bout saw him lose.
Wonder Boy Roya (2-5-1, 2)
Win Twingym wasn't the only fighter with a notable name to face Deeden Kengkarun, in fact Indonesian fighter Wonder Boy Roya challenged Deeden for the PABA Light Flyweight title, in what was Roya's debut. Sadly for Roya he was no wonder boy, losing to Deeden on his recorded debut and never picking up a win of any note at all.
Dejvarin Hollywood (9-8-3, 7)
We really don't know too much about Dejvarin Hollywood other than his record, though it appears he was also known as "Mike Hollywood" later in his career. What is known is that he was based in Thailand and fought from 1979 through to 1990, at least. We say at least as there's a good chance his record isn't complete. Notably he was the Thai Super Bantamweight champion in the early 1980's and faced off with a number of notable names. Among those he shared the ring with were world title challengers Sa Wang Kim, Paul Ferreri, and world champion Seung Hoon Lee. Although for a rather nondescript Thai he got around a lot, fighting not just in Thailand but also Australia, South Korea, Philippines, Indonesia and even the UK! One extra interesting fact here is he holds a win over Sak Galaxy, scoring that win a year after Sak had beaten Khaosai Galaxy!
Missile Kudo (10-12-2, 3)
We started this with a successful fighter, so we'll also end this with a successful fighter, or at least a semi-successful fighter, in the form of Missile Kudo. The Japanese Minimumweight was born Masato Kudo in 1959 and made his debut in 1982. He won the Japanese Minimumweight title in 1988, becoming the 5th man to hold the title, and held it from June to November. Although his reign was a short one he was also in the inaugural bout for the title in 1986, dropping Kenji Ono but losing a close decision. Two two would rematch, fighting to a draw, before Kudo out pointed Yasuo Yogi in the summer of 1988. We won't call Missile a star but he did manage to win a Japanese title, and that's not an easy task. What is rather humorous however is his name, "Missile", something not very apt for a fighter with just 3 stoppages in 24 bouts, 1 stoppage for every 8 bouts he fought!
Whilst everything in sport is pretty much on a world wide lockdown we've decided to try and have a bit of fun. As part of this we've agreed to do a small series on some of the best names in boxing history. Those who follow us on twitter will notice we do share some of these occasionally and thought they would make for a bit of a fun series.
To lay down some ground rules. We will be accepting fighters who either have a strange Ring name, Nickname or Real name. We will also only be accepting fighters who have some form of a link to Asia, be it that they are a citizen of an Asian country or they fought in Asia, or they fought for an OPBF or PABA title. Sadly this rules of the legendary greats like Jukebox Timebomb.
Even with those rules we still feel fairly confident we can come up with enough great names to make this a semi-regular series over the coming months.
Army Wonder Boy (12-9-5, 7)
Filipino fighter Army Wonder Boy is a fighter from the 1950's and 1960's that appears to have never had his real name recorded, though we're open to adding that if someone can inform us of his birth name. Unlike many with great ring names he was a fighter who actually went on to achieve things, and in 1961 he stopped Hisao Kobayashi to become the OPBF Featherweight champion. His reign was a short one, but his name is now etched in history as the 4th ever OPBF Featherweight champion.
Clever Tony (2-2, 1)
Having mentioned Army Wonder Boy we'll include some of the great names he fought in this article. One of those was Clever Tony, who we again don't have a birth name for. Little is really known about Tony, and his record is likely incomplete, but what we do know is that he fought in the 1950's and lost to Army Wonder Boy in the 1956. It appears that was it for Tony, who may have hung up the gloves before before becoming less clever Tony.
Young Terror (24-9, 13)
Whilst Clever Tony was unable to defeat Army Wonder Boy "Young Terror", the ring name of Fulgencio Cabangon, was able to defeat him. In fact Young Terror fought a number of notable fighters. He beat Wonder Boy in 1959, future OPBF champion Yukio Katsumata in 1960, Carl Penalosa in 1962, Ric Penalosa in 1963, and twice lost to the excellent Rene Barrientos.
Crusher Miura (15-5-1, 10)
Heavy handed Toshimi Miura adopted a brilliant name during his career in the 1980's. "Crusher" wasn't a nickname as such, but instead his actual ring name. Like many fighters from the International Gym, which we will feature a lot of, he adopted a fighting name, combining a word that meant something in English with his surname. In the amateurs Miura was a very good fighter, going 43-5, and made a mark on the professional ranks by winning the Japanese Bantamweight title.
I M Gentle (6-11-1)
We'll finish this with a great one. Australian fighter Charles Costa went by the name "I M Gentle". Typically we wouldn't include Australian fighters but with Gentle having been an early opponent of future OPBF Light Heavyweight champion Gary Hubble we have to include him, and one of the least offensive and least scary ring names of all time. Given his name it may come as no surprise that he failed to pick up a single stoppage win in his 18 fight career.
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