With the fight still some 3-4 months away, one may be forgiven for thinking that perhaps it might be a little early in the piece to be considering fight names. But as a former copywriter who knows all too well the importance of a name, I couldn’t help but recruit the assistance of some rather learned friends.
So a fortnight ago I contacted Mat Henderson – a dear friend and fellow pugilist in Sydney – for some advice. Mat’s sage words of wisdom came as follows:
Monikers before the first name have the same letter
i.e. Lethal Lenny Butterman
Some monikers rhyme with first name
i.e. Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson
Middle name monikers need not rhyme and can be convoluted
i.e. Donnie “The Master of Disaster” Long.
Check out a video of a 19 year old Mike Tyson destroying Donnie “The Master of Disaster” Long here:
High on this fresh and all-important knowledge of how to name a fighter (and apparently kill an opponent in the ring – thanks Iron Mike), I proceeded to source inspiration for the perfect name. However, several hours of internet surfing, 3 boxing films and a roller derby film later (what? They have great names!) I was still stumped. This was turning out to be much harder than I’d originally anticipated. Who did I want to be when I stepped into the ring? And how would it correlate to my fight style? You know, the fight style I’m not sure I even have yet…?
Clearly, I needed the help of those that knew me best. So when Christmas day rolled around and I found myself in the fabulous company of two creative directors, a design director, a journalist, a marketing guru, a plastic surgeon, an architect-in-training and an aspiring actor, I couldn’t resist but workshop it with them. It turns out that aside from being fabulous friends, they also make an excellent think tank and within minutes my fight name was born.
You may now call me Liz “the Lady Killer” Wise. It’ll be my pleasure to beat you.