40s The Best Boxers of the 1940s  

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List Rules Vote for the greatest boxers in any weight class based on their performances during the '40s

Sugar Ray Robinson, Jake LaMotta, and Rocky Graziano are all names that land on our list of the greatest boxers of the 1940s. This list of boxing greats includes boxing champions like Willie Pep, Manuel Ortiz, and Sal Bartolo who all fought in the decade that World War II broke out in. 

Who is the best boxer from the 1940s? It's time for you to decide which of these fighters you think is the top boxer from the '40s. Vote below and feel free to add any boxers that we might have missed so that other boxing fans and Rankers can vote on your addition!

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Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Joe Louis Died at 67 (1914-1981)

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Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Sugar Ray Robinson Died at 68 (1921-1989)

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Willie Pep is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Willie Pep Died at 84 (1922-2006)

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Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Ezzard Charles Died at 54 (1921-1975)

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Billy Conn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Billy Conn Died at 76 (1917-1993)

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Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Jake LaMotta age 96

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Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Jersey Joe Walcott Died at 80 (1914-1994)

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Marcel Cerdan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Marcel Cerdan Died at 33 (1916-1949)

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Henry Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Henry Armstrong Died at 76 (1912-1988)

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Kid Gavilán is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Kid Gavilán Died at 77 (1926-2003)

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Rocky Graziano is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Rocky Graziano Died at 71 (1919-1990)

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Beau Jack is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Beau Jack Died at 79 (1921-2000)

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Tony Zale is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Tony Zale Died at 84 (1913-1997)

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Sandy Saddler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Sandy Saddler Died at 75 (1926-2001)

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Rinty Monaghan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Rinty Monaghan Died at 66 (1918-1984)

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Gus Lesnevich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Gus Lesnevich Died at 49 (1915-1964)

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Ike Williams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Ike Williams Died at 71 (1923-1994)

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Freddie Mills is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Freddie Mills Died at 46 (1919-1965)

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Fritzie Zivic is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Fritzie Zivic Died at 71 (1913-1984)

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Jackie Paterson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Jackie Paterson Died at 46 (1920-1966)

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Bob Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Bob Montgomery Died at 79 (1919-1998)

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Orlando Zulueta is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Orlando Zulueta

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Buddy Baer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Buddy Baer Died at 71 (1915-1986)

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Manuel Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Manuel Ortiz Died at 54 (1916-1970)

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Freddie Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Freddie Cochrane

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Peter Kane is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Peter Kane Died at 73 (1918-1991)

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Sam Baroudi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Sam Baroudi

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Phil Terranova is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Phil Terranova Died at 81 (1919-2000)

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Billy Fox is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Billy Fox age 94

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Harold Dade is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Harold Dade Died at 39 (1923-1962)

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Louis Salica is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Louis Salica Died at 90 (1912-2002)

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Sal Bartolo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Sal Bartolo Died at 85 (1917-2002)

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Tommy Bell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Tommy Bell Died at 71 (1923-1994)

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Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Jack Dempsey Died at 88 (1895-1983)

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Dado Marino is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Dado Marino Died at 74 (1915-1989)

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Juan Zurita is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Juan Zurita Died at 83 (1917-2000)