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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