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Although it seems like a life time ago Rocky 4 was almost a foretelling of what was to come in the boxing world. Prior to Ivan Drago, Rocky's rival in the movie, there was little really to make people think about Russian boxers taking over the boxing world.

Whilst the movie was fictional, it hasn't stopped the Russians (and Eastern Europeans in general) from making a mark on the boxing with a number of top fighters coming from Russia. One such fighter is Denis Grachev (13-1-1, 8) who has genuinely started to make his name in recent years.

Aged 30 Grachev first came to prominence in kick boxing where he compiled and excellent record and claimed various world titles. Since then however Grachev has turned his hand to both MMA and boxing.

It's as a boxer than Grachev has achieved major international fame thanks to televised fights from the US, Canada and Monaco which has seen him beating Zsolt Erdei and Ismayl Sillakh whilst suffering a controversial loss to former world champion Lucien Bute.

Despite his achievement in the ring, Grachev is probably getting more recognition for his new nickname, "Drago's Son" a name clearly taken from the aforementioned Rocky 4 character.

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If a name could sum up a fighter I doubt many would want the moniker given to Filipino journeyman Rodel Tejares (20-27-4, 5) who is known to many simply as "Hard Worker".

We're not sure why Tejares got his name though we've got 2 separate theories:
1-Tejares is a fighter who is always in the gym and always ready to fight. His record of 50 fights in 9 years is pretty impressive so it's a theory that could be right
2-Tejares is very limited and just tries incredibly hard every time he's in the ring. Win or lose Tejares works hard. To us this theory seems more likely, though it's possible that there is a different reason all together.

Although Tejares is all but unknown in the West he has faced a genuine who's who in the East including Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, Kompayak Porpramook,     Tepparith Kokietgym, Xiong Zhao Zhong, Merlito Sabillo, Pornsawan Porpramook and Denkaosan Kaovichit (all former or current world champions) often giving a solid account of himself despite suffering numerous defeats.

Aged 28 Tejares is a fighter who has now suffered 8 losses in his last 9 bouts, including 3 by stoppage and it's unlikely his fortunes will turn around. Unfortunately with the punishment he's being forced to take it's likely that his career won't last much, though the "Hard Worker" will likely manage to find another career somewhere, you know, with his hard work!

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In the past we've stuck to only really using male fighters in this section of the site though we managed to stumble on a name this week that just made us smile. Lady Love Sampiton.

Yes Lady Love.

Lady Love Sampiton (0-1) is a young female Filipino fighter who made her debut in August of 2012 when he was stopped by Jessebelle Pagaduan. The two women fight in a rematch this coming weekend (and we'd be shocked if Sampiton manages to score her first victory). Whilst we're not expecting her to win we will be cheering her on.

Although we're sure that "Lady Love" wasn't her birth name we do love the name and feel it belongs to be on weirdboxing!

We've really got to say thank you to Glenn Tam for the video below which shows Sampiton v Pagaduan I.

Gun Hero



Gun Hero=Soldier, right?
Some names are obviously not real despite them being a fighters "fighting" name. One such name is the excellent, yet obscure, Gun Hero (2-3).

Although genuinely unknown outside of his homeland of Indonesia, Gun Hero has actually managed to fit a 50 rounds in to his professional career that started back in April 2011.

On his professional debut Mr Hero out gunned (see what I did there?) Hofifi Arjat over 12 rounds for the Indonesia Boxing Commission Super Bantamweight title.

Sadly Hero was to lose in his second professional contest as the experienced Arief Blader claimed a decision over 10 rounds in a bout for the Indonesia Boxing Association Super Bantamweight title.

Sadly since starting his career with successive title fights Gun has not fought in a major bout for almost 2 years as he's gone 1-2 in local bouts as his record has become less interesting than his excellent name.

For those wondering, the picture above isn't of Gun Hero but a hero with a gun...
*watches the tumbleweed*

    What is in a name?

    Boxing nicknames (and even real names) range from the frankly stupid to the nonsensical. Here we hope to look at the best, worst and silliest names and the fighters who had those names.


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    2008 Olympics
    Adam Sandler
    Amateur Boxing
    Apollo Creed
    Archak Termeliksetian
    Audley Harrison
    Best Nickname
    Boxing Nickname
    Boxings Most Stupid Nicknames
    Boxings Silliest Nickname
    Boxings Worst Nickname
    Captain Cleopas Marvel
    Carl Weathers
    Darth Vader
    Denis Bakhtov
    Denis Grachev
    Derrick Chisora
    Derrick Murray
    Dragos Son
    Evgeny Chuprakov
    Funny Boxing Name
    Funny Name
    Funny Real Name
    George Best
    George Foreman
    George Strictly The Best
    Gun Hero
    Happy Gilmore
    Hard Worker
    Henry Buchanan
    Hiroyuki Hisataka
    Hitler The Killer
    Jerry Halstead
    Jukebox Timebomb
    Lorenzo Parra
    Masaki Nakanuma
    Memorable Nickname
    Misleading Nickname
    Nominative Determinism
    Orhan Delibas
    Pongsaklek Wonjongkam
    Prince Octopus
    Prince Octopus Dzanie
    Proud Kilimanjaro
    Rabbit Tail
    Richel Hersisia
    Rick Repo
    Rodel Tejares
    Ronnie Fails
    Sando First Son The Devil
    Sexy Soldier
    Shark Attack
    Sonny Liston
    Star Wars
    Strictly The
    Sugar Poo
    Sugar Poo Buchanan
    The Dutch Sonny Liston
    Trash Nakanuma
    Trenton Titsworth
    Turkish Delight
    Walter Ringo Star
    Whoop Dat Ass