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10 of the best boxers called ‘Kid’

Ted Kid Lewis
Often a boxer’s name will be altered to make them easier to identify or easier to sell, and this 10 adopted the Kid moniker and made it as feared as any

1. Kid Chocolate

In July 1931, Eligio Sardiñas Montalvo became Cuba’s first world boxing champion when knocking out the defending junior-lightweight champion Benny Bass in seven rounds. He then defeated Lew Feldman in 1932 to win the world featherweight title (though this was only recognised as such by the New York state athletic commission).

2. Kid Berg

Judah Bergman, the ‘Whitechapel Windmill’, became world super-lightweight champion in September 1930 when beating Buster Brown over 10 rounds. He was then dethroned the following year by Tony Canzoneri, someone he had defeated before becoming champion.

3. Kid Gavilan

Gerardo González was a hard-hitting welterweight from Cuba who became his nation’s first world champion when beating Johnny Bratton by decision in May 1951. He then defended the title against the likes of Bobby Dykes, Gil Turner and Billy Graham before surrendering it to Bobo Olsen in ’54.

4. Kid Lewis

Gershon Mendeloff, also known as the ‘Aldgate Sphinx’, won the world welterweight title twice during a 238-fight career which ran from 1909 to 1929. He is considered one of the greatest British boxers of all time.

5. Kid McCoy

Known for his ‘corkscrew punch’, Norman Selby was an American welterweight and a Hollywood actor who competed professionally from 1891 to 1912. McCoy captured the world middleweight title in 1897 when defeating Dan Creedon. He was married 10 times.

6. Kid Norfolk

William Ward was an American who boxed at light-heavyweight and heavyweight from 1910 through to 1926. He scored wins against the likes of Joe Jeanette, Billy Miske, Jack Blackburn, Harry Greb, Tiger Flowers, Battling Siki and Gunboat Smith.

7. Kid Azteca

Luis Villanueva Paramo was a Mexican welterweight who fought professionally from 1932 to 1961, meaning he competed in four different decades. Operating primarily in Mexico, Azteca was the Mexican welterweight champion in both the thirties and forties.

8. Cocoa Kid

Herbert Lewis Hardwick won the world ‘coloured’ championship as both a welterweight and middleweight and was a member of boxing’s ‘Murderers’ Row’. He fought 249 times as a pro.

9. Dixie Kid

Aaron Lister Brown challenged Barbados Joe Walcott for Walcott’s world welterweight title in April 1904. He won the fight by disqualification in the 20th round, though it later came to light that the referee that night had bet on Dixie Kid to win. Kid went on to fight ‘coloured’ black heavyweight champion Sam Langford in 1909 and competed numerous times in Britain.

10. Kid Diamond

Almazbek Raiymkulov was a lightweight contender in the early noughties who peaked in 2005, the year in which he beat Koba Gogoladze, drew with Joe Casamayor, then lost to Nate Campbell. The Kyrgyzstan native retired following a stoppage defeat against Antonio DeMarco in 2009.

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