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!
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