100 Greatest Boxing Nicknames

Colorful Nicknames of Famous Boxers

Vinny "The Pazmanian Devil" Pazienza
Vinny Pazienza was given the nickname "The Pazmanian Devil". Al Bello / ALLSPORT / Getty Images

Boxers are among the most colorful athletes in all of sports. It should come as no surprise that they also have the best nicknames. Here is a list of 101 of the greatest nicknames in boxing history. It's bound to provoke a friendly fight to vote for the best.

101 Best Nicknames in Boxing

Andrew "Six Heads" Lewis
Arturo "Thunder" Gatti
"Baby" Joe Mesi
Beast from the East (Nikolay Valuev)
Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins
"Big" George Foreman
Bobby "No Dice" Chacon
Butterbean (Eric Esch)
Darnell "The Ding-a-Ling Man" Wilson
Davarryl "Touch of Sleep" Williamson
Donovan "Razor" Ruddock
El Terrible (Erik Morales)
Evander "Real Deal" Holyfield
Everett "Bigfoot" Martin
Explosive Thin Man (Alexis Arguello)
"Ferocious" Fernando Vargas
"Gentleman" Jim Corbett
Hands of Stone (Roberto Duran)
Hector "Macho" Camacho
Homicide Hank (Henry Armstrong)
Iran "The Blade" Barkley
"Irish" Micky Ward
"Iron" Mike Tyson
James "Bonecrusher" Smith
James "Buster" Douglas
James "Hard Rock" Green
James "Lights Out" Toney
James "Quick" Tillis
Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy
Jerry "Wimpy" Halstead
Jersey Joe Walcott (Arnold Cream)
John "The Beast" Mugabi
Jose "Mantequilla" Napoles
Juan "The Hispanic Causing Panic" Lazcano
Laila "She Be Stinging" Ali
Lance "Mount" Whitaker
Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson
"Marvelous" Marvin Hagler
"Merciless" Ray Mercer
Michael "Dynamite" Dokes
Michael "Second to" Nunn
Mike "The Body Snatcher" McCallum
Mike "The Bounty" Hunter
Mitch "Blood" Green
Nonpareil (Jack Dempsey)
O'Neil "Give 'em Hell" Bell
Owen "What the Heck" Beck
Pac-Man (Manny Pacquaio)
"Prince" Naseem Hamed
"Bazooka" (Rafael Limon and, later, Ike Quartey
Raging Bull (Jake LaMotta)
Randall "Tex" Cobb
Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini
Renaldo "Mister" Snipes
Riddick "Big Daddy" Bowe
Ronald "Winky" Wright
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter
Smokin' Joe (Joe Frazier)
Sugar Ray (Ray Robinson and, later, Ray Leonard)
Sweet Pea (Pernell Whitaker)
Terrible (Tim Witherspoon)
The Acorn (Earnie Shavers)
The Ambling Alp (Primo Carnera)
The Atomic Bull (Oliver McCall)
The Baby-Faced Assassin (Marco Antonio Barrera)
The Bayonne Bleeder (Chuck Wepner)
The Black Assassin (Stanley Ketchel)
The Boogieman (Jesse Ferguson)
The Boston Tar Baby (Sam Langford)
The Boxing Banker (Calvin Brock)
The Brockton Blockbuster (Rocky Marciano)
The Brown Bomber (Joe Louis)
The Cincinnati Flash (Ezzard Charles)
The Cinderella Man (James Braddock)
The Count of Monte Fisto (Apollo Creed)
The Easton Assassin (Larry Holmes)
The Flushing Flash (Kevin Kelley)
The Golden Boy (Oscar de la Hoya)
The Greatest (Muhammad Ali)
The Hawk (Aaron Pryor)
The Hitman (Tommy Hearns and, later, Ricky Hatton)
The Italian Stallion (Rocky Balboa)
The Living Death (Lew Jenkins)
The Louisville Lip (Muhammad Ali)
The Magic Man (Antonio Tarver)
The Manassa Mauler (Jack Dempsey)
The Mongoose (Archie Moore)
The Motor City Cobra (Tommy Hearns)
The Nigerian Nightmare" (Samuel Peter)
The President (Ike Ibeabuchi)
The Quiet Man (John Ruiz)
The Rock (Hasim Rahman)
The Sweet Swatter from Sweetwater, Texas (Lew Jenkins)
The Truth (Carl Williams)
The Undertaker (Harry Wills)
The Wild Bull of the Pampas (Luis Firpo)
Tommy "The Duke" Morrison
TNT (Tony Tubbs and Tony Tucker)
Two Ton Tony (Tony Galento)
Vinny "The Pazmanian Devil" Pazienza