We're kicking off a new month and as we always do we get the chance to go back and look at some of the best, most unique, and most interesting names in Asian boxing history. This week we're going to leave our typical stomping ground, of Indonesia, along and focus on Japan, with 5 names from Japan. Included this week a Phantom, two former champions, someone who is very honest and some one who is new!
Attack Harada (23-29-4, 4)
We begin with a former champion as we look at Takeo Harada, better known by his fighting name of "Attack Harada", who fought from 1965 to 1976 and achieved a lot more than many fighters in this series. In fact Harada did a lot more than most fighters, full stop, during his 56 fight career. He struggled early on, debuting at the age of 17, but would go on to win the Japanese Super Bantamweight title in in 1970, dethroning Kuwashi Shimizu. Sadly his reign lasted just a few months, and he failed in 2 subsequent attempts to reclaim the title. Incidentally he also fought internationally, travelling to Thailand, Philippines, South Korea Guam and the US. Sadly despite his name he lacked stopping power, though was in some real battles during his time in the ring.
Snappy Asano (31-11-8, 1)
We mentioned Attack Harada failed in two attempts to reclaim the Japanese Super Bantamweight title, one of those actually came against another man making his way on to this list. Snappy Asano, born Eiichi Asano, was a fighter who fought from 1966 to 1974 and also won the Japanese title at 122lbs. He went on to hold the belt for 9 months, recording 2 successful defenses. As well as holding the Japanese title Snappy also fought for the OPBF title, earned a draw with the legendary Masao Oba, another draw with Chartchai Chionoi, in Thailand, and shared the ring with Venice Borkhorsor. Sadly Snap lacked the bite needed to make life easier, scoring just a single stoppage in his 50 fight career.
Sincere Inoue (3-1, 1)
The name "Inoue" has become one of the most notable in Japanese boxing in recent years thanks to Naoya Inoue, his brother Takuma Inoue and the unrelated Takeshi Inoue. Before the current wave of Inoue's there was the Sincere Inoue, a Japanese fight from the 1970's and 1980's. Sadly Inoue's record appears to be an incomplete on boxrec, though we're not sure what his complete one would be. What is known is that he faced future Japanese Lightweight champion Cheyenne Yamamoto in 1982, in the only loss Boxrec has for him. We are, very confident his record is wrong, due to him having a 4 year gap and "beginning" his career in an 8 rounder, but sadly details of Sincere are limited. Hopefully he'll be honest enough to update boxrec one day!
Phantom Ogawa (1-3-1)
Another man who's record is probably incomplete is Phantom Ogawa, who's Boxrec record of 1-3-1 run from 1979 to 1981. Strange from his 5 recorded bouts 3 of them are with the aforementioned Cheyenne Yamamoto, who he reportedly went 1-1-1 against. As well as the trilogy with Yamamoto it's worth noting he also clashed with Masaharu Owada, a future Japanese Middleweight champion. Sadly it's unlikely we'll ever see much footage of Phantom.
New Micky Yoshinobu (2-6, 1)
To finish this month's names article we look at a more recent fighter, in fact one who debuted in 2002 and last fought in 2010. That is Yoshinobu Murata, who was also known as Micky Yoshinobu, and New Micky Yoshinobu. Likely when they found the Old Micky Yoshinobu. Yoshinobu never got beyond fighting in 4 rounders during his career but we do absolutely love his final name. Interestingly his record does have some big time gapes and potentially, some missing bouts on his record, though we suspect his record is pretty accurate in fairness.
Another month is here and we get to, once again, enjoy some strange names from the world of Asian Boxing, and the long history of boxing in Asia! As is usually the case some are moniker's and not birth names, but that hardly matters for this series which is just a fun break from the usual sensibility and seriousness of the sport.
Yess Kill (1-0-1)
One of the most violent names we've come across is former Indonesian Flyweight Yess Kill, who's record shows two bouts in 1988, both of which were scheduled 8 rounders. Kill is thought to have made his debut in May 1988, with an 8 round win, and returned to the ring in 1988 where he fought to an 8 round draw. It's certainly not often we can write "Yess Kill", and not been seen to be advocating murder, so Kill certainly deserves his moment in this series!
Staying with little known Indonesian fighters we need to go back to the 1930's for the brilliantly named "Rookmaker". It's hard to known just how incomplete Rookmaker's record is, but Boxrec have him listed as making his debut in November 1938, losing to Clever Sison, and then fighting again just 3 months later, against Battling Net, a name that belongs on some sort of war website. Sadly after fighting to a draw with Net it appears Rookmaker vanished from the world of boxing.
Risky Albert (1-0, 1)
A final Indonesian for this week is Risky Albert, a Flyweight from 2012 who fought for the one and only time in December 2012, stopping Bintang Sembrani in 4 rounds. Sadly, despite being Risky, Albert appears to have left the sport after just one fight. We suspect he must have found something more exciting for his life, maybe sky-diving!
Nuclear Sor Tanapinyo (1-2, 1)
We've had Kill and we've had a risky, and now we bring you the nuclear option, Nuclear Sor Tanapinyo. The Thai seems to have an incomplete record, though did fight in relatively recent years, with recorded bouts in 2010, 2011 and 2015. Unlike many fighters in this series Nuclear did actually fight some fighters of note, sharing the ring with both Yuma Iwahashi and Ryuji Hara. Sadly though he was stopped by both of those men.
Public Akihiko (0-1)
The Japanese Cruiserweight scene has never been a particularly busy one, and it's certainly not been stacked with talent, but in 1992 we did the public show interest in the division. Or more precisely Public Akihiko, who fought his one and only bout on October 29th 1992 when he battled Yosuke Nishijima. Amazingly Akihiko was the only Japanese opponent that Nishijima fought during his very unique and often thrilling career. Sadly for Akihiko his career lasted just 3 total rounds.
Here we are, a new month and another chance to share some bizarre names of boxers. This month we're looking at names linked with food, with all 5 men this month having names related to food, in some way.
As is always the case these are all names from BoxRec and all are fighters from Asia, with the records correct, as per BoxRec, at the time of writing. Though of course we know BoxRec is always adding new fights and by the time this goes live the fighters may have had new bouts found and added to their records.
We start this off a bit of a regional one, with Mikado, which is known as Pocky in other parts of the world. We suspect most people have seen Mikado, or Pocky sticks, but for those that haven't they are a biscuit stick, typically covered in Chocolate or some other kind of flavouring. As for the fighter he was officially known as Mikado Jittigym. Sadly Mikado, a Japanese born fighter who fought out of Thailand, his career was a flop fighting twice in 2015 and being stopped in both bouts. Rather amazingly we do actually have the full fight footage of his bout with Taiwo Ali. Originally that was thought to have been his debut, but was instead his second professional bout and we've included the video at the end of this article.
Justin Cake (0-1)
The second treat on this list is Justin Cake, who's only recorded bout was a Flyweight clash back in 2003, which he lost via 6th round TKO to Dolfu Lolaru. Strangely this was a scheduled 8 rounder at the RCTI Studios in Jakarta, so we wonder if Cakes does have an incomplete record, as even in Indonesia 8 round debuts are relatively rare. In regards to his name it's one of our absolute favourites and one that genuinely makes us feel just a touch hungry.
Henry Extra Joss Gym (0-1)
Another win-less fighter was Henry Extra Joss Gym. Extra Joss, for those unaware, is a line of powered energy drinks, that you add water to and mix. The Extra Joss Gym is, or maybe was we're unsure, a probable sponsor for some fighters, like CP Freshmart is in Thailand. Sadly for Henry the sponsorship didn't help him here, when he took on Johny Manulang and lost a 6 round decision in 2003.
Bobby Extra Joss Gym (0-1)
We've just explained what Extra Joss is, so we won't do the same here, but we will point out that Henry wasn't the only fighter from the gym, as we also got Bobby Extra Joss Gym. Sadly Bobby was even less successful than Henry and was stopped in his 2003 debut by Rommie Joe.
Sadly the two losses by Henry and Bobby appeared to have Extra Joss consider other options to expand their name. Interestingly they would later go on to have adverts featuring Chris John promoting their products, so despite the losses for their fighters, they weren't done with the sport in 2003, even if we couldn't track down other fighters using their name.
Chewing Tom (2-0-0-1)
We end this with the most successful fighter of the 5, Chewing Tom, who apparently went unbeaten during his short career in the 1920's. Chewing, as we're going to refer to him, began his career in in 1924 with a decision win over Hoekstra and notched another later that same year. Sadly however his career appears to have come to an end in 1925 after suffering a shoulder injury in a bout against Battling Sparendam, which resulted in a No Contest. That is, sadly, the final bout recorded for Chewing, who seemingly retired having fought outside of the Deca-Park in Jakarta
Another month is upon us and we have another chance to look at some the great, weird, whacky and wonderful names that are in the BoxRec database. For this months volume of Great Boxing Names we're going to be spending the entire time in Indonesia where we have managed to find 5 more brilliant names with a mix of humour and WTF'kery!
Please note, and this should be clear by now, this is very much a light hearted series, and isn't supposed to be taken seriously, though all the names used in and their records are legitimately on boxrec.
We begin with a sense of mystery as we talk about a fighter known only as "X", though we suspect he should be referred to as "Mr X". X only has bout listed on his record, and that is a 1925 loss to a fighter called "Maxim", which came by 8 round decision in Jakarta. Given his short, and very limited, career we don't expect too much more to ever be revealed about him, and that, sadly, includes his real name. So with that in mind we give you Mr X.
Heri Suparman (1-0)
Another man who only fought once, and may be hiding an alter-ego is Heri Suparman, who we believe may be a long haired super hero! Suparman, not Superman obviously, has a single recorded bout on his record from 2001 when he took an 8 round decision over Anton Tena. It's hard to believe he debuted in an 8 round, so we're assuming he did have other bouts, perhaps under a less memorable name, but his record, as we right this stands as a perfect 1--0 one. That was because he was Suparman!
Gigah Volt (0-1)
Full of power but he couldn't use it! The electrically charged Gigah Volt had so much power he simply couldn't stay in the sport and retired after a single bout, losing in 2016 via 3rd round TKO to Jackson Koel Lapie, who we suspect may have been a rock type Pokémon. As with all these fighters we really wouldn't be surprised by Volt having more bouts to his name his record shows, but sadly Indonesian record keeping is awful and we miss out on knowing just how many times a fighter fought.
M Bazoka (0-1)
Another fighter who was too dangerous for the sport was M Bazoka, who, like Gigah Volt, fought fought just a single recorded bout and lost, by stoppage. Bazoka was around a few years before Mr Volt, fighting in his sole recorded bout in 2013, when he was stopped in the opening round by Sahlan Coral. Interestingly that bout was scheduled for 10 rounds, which really does make us assume that Bazoka was a much more experienced fighter than his record shows. Either way he was blown up in a round in the recorded bout of his career and didn't fight again.
Now to end this we have a proper thinking man's fighter as we bring you one time Featherweight fighter Socrates! Sadly the fighter wasn't very good, unlike his namesakes from the fields of Philosophy and Football/Soccer, but that doesn't matter here! Socrates's record in the ring was seemingly just 3 bouts long, losing all 3 bouts between 1988 and 1993, though we suspect his record is incomplete. He was stopped in 2 of his losses and really didn't achieve anything in the sport, other than being featured in this rather silly series!
So a new year is here and a new selection of great names from the world of boxing will help kick the year off!
Little Loone (13-4-1)
Malaysian fighter Little Loone, we're assuming not his real name, was a fighter who made his in ring career between 1943 and 1955 with 18 bouts in total. Although he won most of his bouts, with 13 wins from 18 contests, he failed to score a single stoppage on the rather poor Malaysian domestic scene. Despite that he did claim the Perak State Featherweight title, and defended it, but went on to be stopped in 3 of his final 5 bouts. One pretty interesting thing about Loon is that so many of his opponents had great names, like Little Paras, who has been featured in a previous Volume of these names articles, and Young Tara.
Star Diamond (0-1)
Interestingly Little Loone's final opponent was also another man with a great name, Star Diamond! It sounds like a wrestling name or someone who doesn't quite understand geometric shapes, but regardless it's a fantastic name. Sadly the only recorded bout on Diamond's record is his February 1995 debut, which was a 10 round decision loss to Loone, who had seemingly been out of the ring for over a year. It seems odd for Diamond to debut in a 10 rounder, suggesting his record is incomplete, but we really do love his name.
Smiling Castillo (5-12-4, 2)
In a previous of these articles we mentioned Slogger Ang and briefly dropped in the name of Smiling Castillo. The reality is that Castillo deserves more attention than just a quick name drop. The Singaporean Featherweight fought in the 1940's and 1950's, with Malaysia and Singapore hosting all of his fights. He certainly didn't have the greatest career, losing 12 of his 21 bouts, and he was stopped 7 times. Despite that for a man to be smiling after being stopped in 7 of his 21 bouts we want to say well done to Castillo!
Monte Carlos (5-23-1, 3)
We're going to finish this month's article with two Monte's, the first of which is Monte Carlos. The Indonesian fighter, who fought form 2001 to 2009, was born Juneven Monthe, but adopted a much more recognisable name during his 28 fight career. Whilst no world beater Carlos did face some pretty notable fighters. These included Prawet Singwancha, Saddam Kietyongyuth and Yoshihiro Kamegai. Although Carlos was pretty much a journeyman through his entire career, but one with a damn good name
Monte Negro (22-2, 13)
The second "Monte" is an even more interesting bit of world play with Monte Negro, another Indonesian fighter from the turn of the millennium. Also known as "Smart Boy", though boasting no recorded real name, Monte Negro fought from 2001 to 2007 and claimed a national title but faced nobody of note. Literally his record has no fighters of any international fame. Whilst his record looks good on paper, it's more padded than pretty much any other fighter featured in this series so far. In fact we're going to struggle to ever find a more padded recorded than this guys!
A new month is upon us and we get to return to our fun monthly look at some of the best, funniest, strangest and most unique names in Asian boxing history!
Dick Carlos III (13-13-2, 2)
Doing these articles we can feel a little but cruel and that's certainly the case with our inclusion of Dick Carlos III, the Filipino journeyman from the 1980's and 1990's. Carlos fought about 30 times with his most notable opponent being a then 5-0 Jon Penalosa. The real intriguing thing here however is his name, or rather the fact he was the third Dick Carlos. Dick, of course, means something particular in English speaking countries, but to be a third generation Dick is something rather unfortunate.
Jack La Motta (2-0, 1)
One strange thing about Indonesian boxing, or one of the many strange things, is the number of boxers who appear to have fake names, based on the names of real fighters. For example Jack La Motta, presumably the Indonesian cousin of Jake Lamotta. Jack was a Featherweight who appears to have fought from 2002 to 2003, though given his "debut" was an 8 round win over a guy with 10 wins we do wonder if there was maybe a few missing fights from his record.
Robert Duran (1-0)
Another Indonesian who appears to have adopted a new name is Robert Duran. Yeah you read that right, Robert Duran. Duran was an Indonesian who's only recorded bout seems to have occurred in the summer of 2005, when he took a decision over Rolly Suot. Like La Motta we wouldn't be surprised to find out he had more fights that were unrecorded, but the names seems high suspicious to us and it seems deliberately suspicious!
Arbon Pryor (1-2)
To complete a trifecta of "names suspiciously like that of more well known fighters" we bring you Arbon Pryor. Unlike La Motta and Duran, who retired unbeaten, Pryor actually lost, at least twice. His record shows his debut as coming in 2002, which he won, before losing in 2004 and 2007. With big gaps in his record it seems almost a given that he fought more than just the 3 bouts that Boxrec have got recorded for him. Once again we're fairly confident this isn't the fighters real name, making us curious why all 3 went by pseudonyms, rather than chase personal glory. We suspect they were fighters who have fought under different names, but with Indonesian record keeping being so poor it's hard to know for sure, and it's almost certain boxrec are missing bouts for all 3.
Slogger Ang (2-8-1, 1)
We end this months names with a Malaysian fighter who appears to have fought from 1939 to 1948, though of course records from this era are notoriously incomplete and inaccurate. The fighter in question is the wonderfully named "Slogger Ang", another likely pseudonym. Whilst we love the Indonesian scene for great names the middle of the 20th century Malaysian names are some of the best two, with Slogger being a great one. Slogger actually fought a string of fighters with other great names, like "Golden Boy", "Smiling Castillo", who he stopped in a round we suspect wasn't smiling afterwards, and "Young Tara", who we hope wasn't a young girl!
Although not an Asian fighter we have to shoe horn in one final fighter and that's the man we all want to have visit in a few weeks time. Santa!
That's right, Santa (2-0-1, 1), was an unbeaten French Welterweight from the 1930's who we hope sees all of you guys in the coming weeks!
Another month is here and we're back with another look at some great names from the history of the sport.
Indian fighter Honey made his professional debut in 2016 winning a decision over Rahul Ganguly, be vanishing from boxing for 3 years and then losing to Sunil Siwach. It seems unlikely that the fighter is really called Honey, but at the time of writing he has no full name available, and he is listed by the same name as the delightful food. One things for sure, we wouldn't spread him on our waffles!
Little Park (1-4)
Korean fighter Min Jin Park was better known by his ring name of "Little Park". From records that have been collected he fought from 1975 to 1977, though Korean records from this time are patchy, at best. Whilst it's unclear what Park's "real" record is, it is clear he faced some incredibly tough competition. In his 5 recorded bouts he took on Montsayarm Haw Mahachai, Sung Jun Kim, thrice, and Sang Il Jung. That means from his 5 recorded bouts he faced 2 world title challengers and a world champion, three times. A notable fighter, with a name that sounds like a wonderful place to visit in summer.
Little Paras (18-17-2, 5) AND (0-1)
For the first time in this series we have a name that two different fighters used.
Between 1943 and 1952 we have one fighter going by the name Little Paras and fighting 37 times. His career was spent, mostly, in Australia and Singapore and he certainly did little of real note. In the 1970's there was another Little Paras, who apparently had a single fight in 1975, going 0-1. What makes this name worthy of note is the fact in the 1990's Nintendo's "Pokemon" series would go on to have a small Pokémon called "Paras". To have a little Paras would be a diminutive fighting monster!
Little Holmes (8-4-2)
Little Park was one of numerous "Little's" in the sport, another was Little Holmes, an Indonesian who fight in and around the Super Bantamweight division from the 1980's to the early 00's. We're not certain on Holmes' record, as Boxrec says he had more than 10 years between his final 2 bouts, but what is known is that almost all of his bouts were in Indonesia, a country renowned for poor record keeping. Notably he scored an early career win over former world champion Ju Do Chun. We're fairly confident that Little Holmes wasn't his real name, though it's unclear why he would have adopted such a ring name.
Bigface Tahara (6-10-2, 3)
Japanese fighter Junji Tahara went by the amazing ring name of "Bigface Tahara", one of the most interesting names we've seen in this series. Tahara fought between 2005 and 2011 and had a pretty unremarkable career, rarely fighting in anything more than preliminary bouts. The most notable thing about "Bigface's" career was his 3 fight trilogy against Yasuyuki Fukushima, in 2009 and 2010. Although not a great fighter being known as "Bigface" is something truly brilliant!
In April we began our mini series looking at some of the most interesting names of Asian boxers. We continue that series once again today as we look at 5 more great names of fighters from Asia.
Once again we're including fighters for either their real names, a fighting name or an alias.
Sounding like some sort of super hero Indonesian fighter S-Man was an active fighter in 2006, when he fought both of his professional bouts. He lost his debut by decision, to someone we're going to discuss next, in April 2006 and a month later he was stopped by Hengky Elleuw before vanishing from the boxing world. Like many fighters featured in this list from Indonesia not much is known about S-Man, but given his boxing record the "S" sure didn't mean super!
Rocky Killer (1-0)
We just spoke about S-Man and mentioned that he lost his debut, that was to Rocky Killer another Indonesian fighter with a short career in 2006. In fact the only recorded bout of the man who kills rocks was his 4 round decision win over S-Man. Sadly other than that one recorded bout, which took place at the Indosiar Studio in Jakarta, there is nothing else known about Killer. A real shame that someone with such a good name had such a short career.
Jimmy Kicks (2-3, 2)
We remain in Indonesia here with Jimmy Kicks, would fought in the 1920's and 1930's. We suspect his record is missing bouts, given there is more than 14 years from his first professional bout to his final bout, though it's hard to be totally sure. From what we can see on his record Kicks actually win his first 2 bouts before failing to pick up a win, though of course he may well have picked up some yet to be recorded wins. Whilst "Kicks'" isn't the best name ever we do like the idea of a boxer called kicks, an aggressive move that's not allowed. Maybe, given we're confident it's a fake name, he should have chose "Punch".
The real reason Kick's is include is actually for a couple of his opponents.
The debut opponent of Jimmy Kicks, way back in January 1924, was the wonderfully named "Klomp". Despite losing to Kicks it's worth noting that Klomp did fight twice more, beating fellow 1-name fighters Gerrits and Richters, both by decision. As for the name Klomp the word is a type of clog in the Netherlands, but lets be honest, it just sounds like he's a guy who makes a lot of noise when he walks around. By it's self the surname isn't that rare, it's a Dutch name with it's roots in the names of the Klomp type of footwear. With that in mind we are assuming Klomp was an Indonesian of Dutch descent. But that's just an educated guess. Despite the Dutch roots of the name we can't help but think he's a bad guy in some platforming video game.
Fighting Rapp (0-2)
The other opponent of Jimmy Kicks with a great name was Fighting Rapp, who was stopped by Kick's in August 1924. Rapp fought both of his recorded bouts in 1924, losing both by stoppage. As with many of these fighters from before World War 2 it's hard to know much about Rapp, though from what we understand he was a Singaporean fighter based in Indonesia. We don't have his real name, his date or birth or his death and it's likely we're the only people to have mentioned him. Whilst so little is known about him it must be said that he has a damn awesome name! Just a shame he wasn't a very good fighter.
We return to looking at names of fighters with the 6th in this series of looking at the best in boxing names. This time we're going to focus on Indonesia, which has gone pretty over-looked in the series so far, barring Don King Fortune, but boy does it have some great names.
As is always the case the fighters we pick aren't picked to be disrespectful, but to merely look at their names, and their careers, at least as much of their careers as we can. Sadly with these being Indonesian fighters it's likely all the records are incomplete.
One record we suspect is incomplete is that of Jeremy, no surname given, who fought between 2006 and 2009. Given how how western the name is we're assuming that Jeremy is either a foreigner who ended up in Indonesia or a fan of Pearl Jam who took their fighting name from the track by the American grunge band. The only thing really known for sure about him is that he fought Samuel Tehuaya in 2009, losing that bout, and beat a fellow novice in 2006.
In the 1950's there was an Indonesian fighter who went by the name "Wimpie". Again no surname given, and no "real name" listed. We are almost certain that boxrec has an incomplete record for Wimpie, who supposedly debuted in July 1954 in a 10 rounder, a draw with Phillipus. In fact he then fought 2 complete 10 rounders in September 1954, and then ended his career in 1957 with a loss to Mac Hurrricane, more about him another time. Given the name, and it's meaning in English, it's certainly not a great name for a boxer, and we do suspect he had a lot more losses to his name than the 2 listed on boxrec.
Golden Boy Hoff (2-1, 1)
Another fighter with a very incomplete looking record is that of Golden Boy Hoff, who apparently ran up a 3 fight record over a 7 year window. When we first saw the name we assumed Golden Boy Hoff was a relatively recent fighter, looking to cash in on David Hasselhoff's nickname but surprisingly "Hoff" fought from 1964 to 1971, with all 3 of his bouts taking place in Malaysian. Rather impressively he did stop Hisao Minami in 1964, who would later win Japanese and OPBF titles, defeat Ki Soo Kim and challenge for a world title. Whilst Hoff is here for his name it's nice to see he has a very notable win on his record.
A much more recent fighter is Lazarus, who fought in the early part of the 00's, supposedly debuting in 2003 and fighting through to 2005. Given the biblical name, after all Lazarus was the beggar from a parable of Jesus, the name is certainly an interesting one and we wouldn't be surprised to learn that the fighter in question was incredibly poor. Once again it's unclear on what "Lazarus's" full name, or real name, was and his competition certainly wasn't much to talk about. His name however is a very intriguing one and leaves more questions than answers.
James James (0-1)
We move forward even further in time, to 2016, when James James apparently made his debut. We know New York, New York was so good they named it twice, but we're unsure why James used his name twice. We typically have a rule where we don't trust fighters with two first names, so sorry James, we ain't trusting that's your real name! Interestingly the man James fought in his only recorded bout is still fight, with that being domestic journeyman Stevanus Nana Bau, so there is a strange link to the modern day here.
We return again today for out fifth article in the "Great Boxing Names" mini-series that began when boxing was put on lock down, in April. We'll look to continue these for a bit even when boxing does return in a more regular fashion, as our research really did through a lot of names we were able to include, more than we ever expected to find.
Don King Fortune (0-1)
We've all heard of the American promoter Don King but maybe not many will be aware of Indonesian fighter Don Kong Fortune. The Indonesian fighter appears to have only fought once, though his sole bout was a 2nd TKO loss to Andika "D'Golden Boy" Sabu, who was also making his debut. With Sabu now being a world ranked fighter his debut opponent is an interesting little bit of trivia. Not much more to say here, other than that Fortune hasn't killed two people, like his more famous American namesake.
Lucky Strike (0-1)
Around the world "Lucky Strike" means lots of things. It's a name of some cigarettes, a brand of matches, a line of bowling alley's and various songs. It's also the name a Filipino fighters used in 1951. Details of "Strike's" career are obscure though he was apparently an opponent for the legendary Flash Elorde in December 1951. That is "Strike's" only recorded bout. Given his very short career it's hard to say much more, but anyone who debuted against Elorde can't be termed "Lucky".
Waling Waling Boy (4-3-3)
We stay with Filipino fighters from the 1950's as we mention the wonderfully named Waling Waling Boy. His career appears to have started in 1955 and ended in 1962, though as with many records from this era it's unclear how many other bouts "Boy" had. What is known is that he fought Ric Magramo in 1962 and was stopped by the then unbeaten Magramo. Given that "Waling" and "wailing", and even "Whaling" are all homonyms this may have been misconstrued as "Crying Crying Boy". Or someone who is "Wailing" their shots.
Midget Louis (4-4)
Another Filipino from the 50's with a great name was "Midget Louis". Sadly, though as is typically the issue with fighters from the 50's, his full and his height aren't well known. What is known is he fought in and around the Flyweight and Super Flyweight division. His most notable opponent was Tanny Campo, who he fought in 1953, and other than that he didn't really face anyone who had any kind of success, at least from what is listed on his boxrec record.
Trash Nakanuma (27-6, 12)
We end this month's name article with someone who should be well known among fans of the lower weights. That is Trash Nakanuma, who was born Masaki Nakanuma. The Japanese fighter fought between 1993 and 2006 and was a very, very capable fighter. He won the Japanese and OPBF Flyweight title and fought for both the WBC and WBA title, giving Pongsaklek Wonjongkam and Lorenzo Parra very tough bouts. Whilst his name might not stand out to non-English speakers, "Trash" means rubbish in English, essentially calling himself rubbish. The reality however is Nakanuma was a long removed from being rubbish. He was a damn good fighter, a real tough nut and a very strong and under-rated boxer.
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