Louisville Lip-And other Famous Boxing Nicknames
Louisville Lip,Brockton Blockbuster, Sugar and Hands of Stone are the nicknames of some of my favourite boxers.These nicknames will be familiar to all boxing fans, but how did these particular boxers acquire these nicknames.
Muhammad Ali-Louisville Lip
Arguably the greatest heavyweight boxer the world has seen, Cassius Marcellus Clay Jnr was of course born in Louisville, Kentucky.Ali had great strength and power in the ring and also had tremendous speed and agility with his feet.His other great ability was that he could ruffle the feathers of other boxers with his talk.So Ali became known as the Louisville Lip and also the Mouth, and many people refer to Ali as The Greatest.
Ali had many quotes for many occasions, but one I like best is a quote a little removed from boxing. When the Louisville Lip heard the size of his alimony cheque following his divorce to his first wife Sonja,he was uncharacteristically lost for words. After cooling off he quipped " I'm having to pay so much money out, they've named the payments after me! Ali-mony
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Sugar was born in Ailey, Georgia on 3rd may 1921 and soon Walter Smith moved to New York with his parents, where he started boxing at the age of 12.At fourteen years of age he tried to enter his first boxing tournament, but was refused as he did not hold his Amateur Athletic Boxing Card.He borrowed one from his friend Ray Robinson and went all the way and won his first tournament, the New York Golden Gloves Championship.
It was his future coach who described his boxing style as sweet as sugar after only watching him box once. Walter soon became Sugar Ray Robinson, who went on to have a long boxing career in which he was never knocked out.
Pound for pound, Sugar Ray Robinson is regarded by many boxing critics as the best boxer of all time.
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