Sometimes a fighter can genuinely live up to their name and one such case is the rather unfortunate Ronnie Fails (0-6) a former Cruiserweight who fought between 1991 and 1997. Sadly, I believe in aptronym and as a result I assume if your name is “Fails” you are bound to suck at whatever you choose to do with your life and as Fails's record indicated he wasn't much of a boxer.

Fails made his professional debut in Augst 1991 and faced Bill Corrigan with Corrigan winning a decision, the two men rematched just months later with Corrigan again winning the bout. Amazingly Corrigan would later go on to fight a who's who of the heavyweight division including David Tua, Mike Weaver, Bruce Seldon, Frans Botha, David Izon, Wladimir Klitschko, Damon Reed and Joe Hipp.

Following the back to back loss to Corrigan it seemed as if Fails would try his luck against some one else, sadly that just gave the chance to Zeb Wilson to pick up a win, which he did over the 4 round distance. This was to be the last win for Wilson who was knocked out in a round in his next bout by the hard punching David Izeqwire (who later go on to win the IBO Cruiserweight title).

Fails returned to the ring just days after losing to Wilson and was stopped for the first (and only) time in his career by Steve Brewer. Brewer's win over was then followed by Brewer going 6-17 in a career that ended in 2000 and saw him facing a young and emerging Montell Griffin in 1994.

After the loss to Brewer Fails took a year and a half away from the sport before returning to the ring to face Rocky Graziano Jr (sadly no relation to the great Middleweight champion). Graziano, like Corrigan and Wilson managed to outpoint Fail over 4 rounds. Graziano himself had a bit of a bizarre career fighting his most recent fight in 2009 just 8 days before his 46th birthday and seems to have retired with a record of 4-1-0-1 (3).

Fails appeared to hang up his gloves after losing to Graziano and was out of the ring for over 3 and a half years before dusting off the old trunks and returning to the ring to face the wonderfully named Harry Funmaker. Funmaker would score a 4 round decision over Fail in what would be Fail's last fight as a professional. Amazingly Funmaker actually went on to have a trilogy of fights with Eric “Butterbean” Esch winning 1 of the 3 fights.

Whilst we do feel a little big sorry for Fail who seems to have been unluckily struck by nominative determinism it's interesting to see that a number of his opponents did fight in much bigger fights than Fail ever managed.

After laughing at the wonderfully named “Sugar Poo” and the ridiculous “The Dutch Sonny Liston” we are now taking the chance to laugh at someone's real name, the unfortunately named Trenton Titsworth. Titsworth, currently a Welterweight journeyman fighting in the US is actually in action in a few hours time and we couldn't resist the chance to mention him on

Titsworth, from Nebraska debuted back in 2007 with a win over Sean Ryan Wilson and just months later he returned to defeat Alain Olivero since then however his career has been down hill with just 2 wins in his following 16 bouts as he compiled a record of 4-13-1 (2).

In 2008 Titsworth was involved in one of the most bizarre boxing incidents we've seen. Titsworth was facing a young Jessie Vargas on HBO's “Boxing After Dark” series and during the course of the bout Titsworth kissed Vargas on the neck. This lead to the referee deducting 2 points from Titsworth (one for “unsportsmanlike conduct” and another for “intentional”) and to Vargas firing a very clean, hard blow on the break call. Jim Lampley, working for HBO summed it up perfectly in his commentary “He kissed Vargas behind the ear which prompted Vargas to knock the living shit out of him. A lot of guys will do that when you kiss 'em.”

Last time out Titsworth beat the equally amusing Nick Runningbear by decision and will tonight be looking to upset unbeaten prospect Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (I swear I couldn't make this all up).

At just 28 years old we are likely to see Titsworth's name come up a few times in boxing reports over the coming years so watch out for it and enjoy the wonders of a funny surname.

    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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    Archak Termeliksetian
    Audley Harrison
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    Carl Weathers
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    Denis Bakhtov
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    Derrick Chisora
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    Dragos Son
    Evgeny Chuprakov
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    George Best
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    Gun Hero
    Happy Gilmore
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    Hiroyuki Hisataka
    Hitler The Killer
    Jerry Halstead
    Jukebox Timebomb
    Lorenzo Parra
    Masaki Nakanuma
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    Richel Hersisia
    Rick Repo
    Rodel Tejares
    Ronnie Fails
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    Sonny Liston
    Star Wars
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    Trash Nakanuma
    Trenton Titsworth
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    Walter Ringo Star
    Whoop Dat Ass