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10 meteorologically named boxers

boxers Tavoris Cloud
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As Croydon’s Sunny Edwards prepares to defend his flyweight title again this weekend in Dubai, we take a look at 10 other boxers whose names make us think of the weather

1. Tavoris Cloud
Tavoris ‘Thunder’ Cloud ticks more than one weather-related box and reigned as a light-heavyweight belt-holder from 2009 to 2013.

2. Jimmy Thunder
Heavy-handed New Zealand heavyweight Thunder – birth name: James Senio Peau – battled the likes of Tim Witherspoon, Chris Byrd, Trevor Berbick, Johnny Nelson and John Ruiz in his 49-fight pro career and, in 1997, famously knocked out Crawford Grimsley with the first punch of the fight.

3. Norman Snow
Welterweight Snow turned pro in 1927 and fought 157 times before retiring in ’42. He won the Southern Area lightweight title in 1934, when stopping Peter Price in 11 rounds, then won the Southern Area welterweight title in ’36 with a 15-round decision over Leo Phillips.

4. Teddy Rainbow
Born Edward Ernest McGuiness, Australia’s Teddy Rainbow was active from 1953 to 1965 and won 24 of 43 fights, competing primarily as a bantamweight.

5. Bob Frost
West Ham’s Frost boxed at welterweight from 1947 until 1953 and twice came up short in challenges for the Southern Area welterweight title.

6. Windy Meyers
A featherweight from Cincinnati, Meyers had 41 fights as a pro, winning 21 of them, and turned over all the way back in 1927. By ’31, the year of his retirement, he had been stopped only twice.

7. Bob Freeze
Born Hillman Livingston Sweeting, this heavyweight from Bahamas was better known as Bob Freeze and competed from 1973 to ’75, winning seven of 10 pro fights.

8. Dan Breeze
Walsall’s ‘Hurricane’ Breeze boxed 10 times as a pro between 2014 and 2016 and won all 10, going the distance in each of them.

9. Jimmy Gust
A middleweight from Indiana, Gust started and ended his career in 1943 and had 14 pro fights, winning six, losing four and drawing four.

10. Doug de Wet
Not to be confused with Doug DeWitt, South Africa’s de Wet was active from 1973 to ’77 and fought for the Cape light-heavyweight title on his pro debut. He won six of 17 pro fights and fought exclusively in his homeland.

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