Also known as the ring name, a boxer's alias is a nickname that usually describes the type of boxer he is.  Usually, the boxer will choose his own alias or ring name, but more often than not, it is a name that the press or others have attached to him or her that has stuck.

The origin of aliases and ring names in boxing may go back to the early days of boxing when boxers would assume an identity to fight in other states and places sooner than the allowed time limits following a loss or knockout.  Once federal IDs were put in place, it thwarted efforts to do this obviously due to the unique identification that could easily reveal a boxer's true identity.

Examples include:

  • Bernard Hopkins - "The Executioner"
  • "Sugar" Shane Mosley
  • Antonio Margarito - "Tijuana Tornado"
  • Oscar De La Hoya - "Golden Boy"
  • Kelly Pavlik - "The Ghost"
  • Ricky Hatton - "The Hitman"
  • Wladimir Klitschko - "Dr. Steelhammer"
  • Floyd Mayweather - "Pretty Boy"
  • Manny Pacquaio - "Pac Man"
  • Jermaine Taylor - "Bad Intentions"
  • Felix Trinidad - "Tito"

Know of any other ring names of note? What do you think is the most appropriate or inappropriate ring name of all time?

Coach Aaron

Coach Aaron founded Commando Boxing in 2003. When he's not boxing, he's running ultramarathons or using data science/blockchains to create mixed reality HoloLens applications.