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Bobby "The Matinee Idol" Czyz
This was a difficult name to include on the list, because it wasn't really opposed by the fighter. However, its somewhat defamatory undertones land this nickname at No. 9.
For the younger fans among us: "Matinee idol" was a term used to describe male actors in the 1930s through 1970s who were adored, sometimes to the point of adulation, by their fans. It is similar to the term "teen idol" used to describe some music stars.
Usually, these stars were quite handsome and financially successful, but their appearance in matinee films (rather than the more relevant evening movies) didn't garner them much credibility among more serious movie fans.
Bobby Czyz was a former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world titleholder from New Jersey who fought from 1980 to 1998 and faced some of the top competitors of his day. He retired with a solid, respectable record of 44-8, with most of his losses coming in major fights against opponents like Evander Holyfield, Mustafa Hamsho, Virgil Hill and Charles Williams.
However, his inability to win in big-time fights, as well as his popularity, showiness and varying facial hair (he sported sideburns and mustaches at different times in his career), are probably what garnered him this nickname. Among his true fans, he was better known as "Chappie."
Czyz (pronounced "chess") was also impressive in other areas and belonged to the high IQ society MENSA, and in 1994 he began doing color commentary for Showtime. However, a series of drunk driving arrests resulted in him being released from his duties with the network around the turn of the century.