Another new month and another chance to look through the annals of Asian boxing history for some unique, weird, whacky and unexpected names of fighters from Asia. This month we're doing things a little bit different, and actually have a theme...and names you'll all likely recognise! In fact this month we are bringing you 5 "fakes" from Asia!
What we mean here are 5 fighters who "adopted" monikers of much, much more famous fighters!
Muhammad Ali (0-1)
What better way to start this list than beginning with "The Greatest"! Yeah, yeah, we all know Muhammad Ali was the best but what about the Indonesian Muhammad Ali! There must have been some huge balls on this chap, to steal the name of the Heavyweight icon when he made his debut in 2013, and LOST to the limited Rengga Rengga! Ali, this Ali not the one from Louisville, apparently lost a 4 round decision on October 5th 2013 and never returned to the ring. We guess you can steal the name but not the talent!
Frank Bruno (1-0)
Oh don't worry it wasn't just American Heavyweight greats who had their names stole, as the hugely popular British Heavyweight Frank Bruno was also a recipient of name stealing Indonesian's. The Indonesian Frank Bruno fought his only recorded bout on October 25th 2003 and unlike Muhammad Ali he actually won! He scored a debut win over Anwar Solihin and then seemingly vanished from the boxing world... maybe he was worried that the affable Frank would find out what had been done to his good name!
Michael Nun (0-2)
A slight variant on a spelling here, but still a necessary inclusion is Michael Nun, who fought twice during his short career. Nun made his debut in 2005, losing to Billy Sumba and lost in a rematch to Sumba the following year. Our Asian friend here was likely aware than the American Michael Nunn, who was a fantastic fighter, was serving time for drug trafficking when he stole his name, making this mis-appropriated name one of the strangest. Fair to say this guy was certainly second to Nunn!
John Davidson (2-1, 2)
Another slightly altered spelling here, and a much more obscure reference than the first 3. John Davison was a British boxer from 1988 to 1993, best known for his loss in 1993 to Steve Robinson for the WBO Featherweight title. John Davidson, with an extra "d" in his name, was an Indonesian fighter who fought in the early 00's, with his 3 recorded bouts coming from 2002 to 2006. He reportedly won the Indonesian Boxing Commission title on debut, in August 2002, but seemingly failed to defend the belt before ending his career in obscurity.
Peter Jackson (0-1)
Name stealing isn't just a recent thing! In fact we found the case of Indonesian fighter Peter Jackson starting this trend back in the 1920's! The first Peter Jackson was the Peter "the Black Prince" Jackson, an Australian great who has been inducted into both the IBHOF and the World Boxing Hall of Fame, and was one of the finest fighters of the late 1800's. His name sake however was a man who fought just once, losing in 3 rounds to fellow Indonesian Matthias. We're not sure whether this was as deliberate as some of the other stolen names here but it certainly felt worthy of inclusion in this look at stolen names!
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