“I grew up with 6 brothers. That’s how I learned to dance–waiting for the bathroom.”–Bob Hope
“Big sisters are the crabgrass in the lawn of life.”–Linus (Charles M. Schultz)
When it comes to siblings in major professional sports, a few names immediately come to the minds of today’s fans. The Manning Brothers. The Williams Sisters. The Molina Brothers. The Klitschko Brothers.
Yes, they come to the mind of the everyday sports fans–but we at The Blog of Funny Names set a higher standard. When it comes to siblings with funny names, two pairs of boxing twins(yes, twins!) stand out above the crowd. So let’s investigate.
Jermell and Jermall Charlo are identical twins born one minute apart in LaFayette, LA in 1990. Wow–it’s hard enough to tell identical twins apart–their parents had to give them practically identical names, too? They are both undefeated professional boxers in the light middleweight division. Jermell, though 60 whole seconds younger, is the somewhat more accomplished, sporting a record 23-0. Jermall is 17-0. They are rated #13 and #16 respectively as contenders in their weight class in the current IBO rankings. One would assume that they will emulate the heavyweight title holding Klitchko brothers and never fight each other. Since there seem to be dozens of title belts available, that shouldn’t stop either of them from aspiring to eventual championships. You can get a look at Jermell when he takes on veteran middlewieght Gabriel Rosado on a Showtime boxing card January 25.
McJoe and McWilliams Arroyo
And I thought it was only WASP parents that gave their kids two last names (e.g., Outerbridge Horsey). In this case, the Puerto Rican parents of McJoe and McWilliams Arroyo did one better by giving them Scottish sounding first names to go with their fairly common Latino surname. Why? Your guess, as they say, is as good as mine. They both won medals at the world amateurs in 2007 and both qualified for the 2008 Olympics. Since turning pro in 2010, McJoe is 13-0, McWilliams is 14-1. They avoid fighting each other by competing in adjacent weight divisions, McWilliams as a flyweight and McJoe as a super flyweight. Both are ranked well within the IBO top 50 in their respective weight classes. They also both fight next on same card on January 25. Sorry, they are not on TV; you’ll have to go to Humacao, Puerto Rico to see these matches. Isn’t that what any self-respecting funny names fan would do?
A combined 67-1 between the two sets of twins–you have to wonder if McWilliams is kicking himself for that one loss. One would also hope he is not kicking his parents for the name.
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