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A Goofi change for a goofy sport

Updated: August 15, 2001, 10:58 AM ET
By Tim Graham | Special to ESPN.com

It didn't cause as much commotion as the time Cassius Clay told the world he would henceforth be known as Muhammad Ali, or as much confusion as the time pop music star Prince informed everyone his new name was an unpronounceable symbol.

But heavyweight contender Lance Whitaker announced last week he will now go by the mono moniker Goofi, pronounced the same way as Disney's lovable doggy dufus. Whitaker opted for the unconventional spelling because he's avant-garde -- or out of fear ...

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