Legendary Boxers Who Changed their Names for Professional or Religious Reasons


Legendary Boxers Who Changed their Names for Professional or Religious Reasons


To some people a name is just a name but for some they want their name to live up to the next generation. For those who change their names, there must be a valid reason why they have opted to go towards that route. Well, this practice is no exception for many sportsmen including boxers. The likes of Lew Alcindor, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jeff Pendergraph changed their names.

Many legendary professional boxers have changed their names for different reasons and we are going to look for the reasons behind. Some ended up starting online casino gaming career.

Eligio Sardinas Montalvo to Kid Chocolate

Considered a boxer with much potential. Eligio took part in the lightweight division and managed to win the world championship after defeating Benny Bass. Sugar Ray is one of the people who admired the young lad a lot. His boxing style was top-class and was good for the eye and the ring.

Eligio change his name to Kid Chocolate after becoming a professional boxer.


William Harrison Dempsey to Jack Dempsey

Born in Colorado William Harrison became a world heavyweight champion in 1919. The prolific boxer remained unbeaten for the next seven years of his career. His punching ability was remarkable. During that time, he was considered one of the greatest boxers of all time. And we reckon that sports bettors of that time would with no doubt place their bets on the player.
He was known as Jack Dempsey in the ring and besides boxing, he was also a soldier. He took part in the World War II. He was included in the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1954. There's also an online slot at some UK online casinos based on the legendary Jack Dempsey.

Walker Smith Junior to Sugar Ray Robinson

Sugar's real name was Walker Smith Junior. He was born in Georgia and he was a welterweight and middleweight champion with a good professional record. His record stood at 128-1-2 along with 84 knockouts. In his career, he managed to overcome LaMotta, Henry Armstrong and Sammy Angott to become the world champion.