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List Rules Vote for the greatest boxers in any weight class based on their performances during the '50s

This list of boxers from the 1950s consists of a number of names that would go on to become some of the greatest boxers of the 20th century. The decade saw the transition from fighters like Willie Pep, Joe Louis, Sandy Saddler, and Ezzard Charles to the rise of Sonny Liston, Joe Brown, Rocky Marciano, and Carmen Basilio. Two of the greatest boxers of all time, Sugar Ray Robinson and Jake LaMotta continued their feud into the '50s. LaMotta later joked with Esquire magazine that he fought Sugar Ray so many time, "it's a wonder I don't have diabetes!"

Who is the best boxer from the 1950s? Vote below on who you think the greatest boxer from the 1950s is and if we missed any fighters, feel free to add them to the list so that other boxing fans and Rankers can vote on your addition!
 
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Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Rocky Marciano Died at 46 (1923-1969)

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Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Joe Louis Died at 67 (1914-1981)

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Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Sugar Ray Robinson Died at 68 (1921-1989)

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Floyd Patterson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Floyd Patterson Died at 71 (1935-2006)

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Willie Pep is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Willie Pep Died at 84 (1922-2006)

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Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Jake LaMotta age 96

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Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Ezzard Charles Died at 54 (1921-1975)

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Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Archie Moore Died at 82 (1916-1998)

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Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Jersey Joe Walcott Died at 80 (1914-1994)

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Sonny Liston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Sonny Liston Died at 38 (1932-1970)

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Gene Fullmer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Gene Fullmer age 86

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Joey Maxim is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Joey Maxim Died at 79 (1922-2001)

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Ingemar Johansson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Ingemar Johansson Died at 77 (1932-2009)

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Randolph Turpin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Randolph Turpin Died at 38 (1928-1966)

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Carmen Basilio is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Carmen Basilio Died at 85 (1927-2012)

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Roland La Starza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Roland La Starza Died at 82 (1927-2009)

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Kid Gavilán is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Kid Gavilán Died at 77 (1926-2003)

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László Papp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
László Papp Died at 77 (1926-2003)

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Sandy Saddler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Sandy Saddler Died at 75 (1926-2001)

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Vic Toweel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Vic Toweel Died at 80 (1928-2008)

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Ike Williams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Ike Williams Died at 71 (1923-1994)

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Freddie Mills is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Freddie Mills Died at 46 (1919-1965)

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Yoshio Shirai is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Yoshio Shirai Died at 80 (1923-2003)

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Tony DeMarco is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Tony DeMarco age 85

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Bobo Olson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Bobo Olson Died at 74 (1928-2002)

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Pascual Pérez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Pascual Pérez Died at 51 (1926-1977)

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Carlos Ortíz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Carlos Ortíz age 81

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Terry Allen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Terry Allen Died at 63 (1924-1987)

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Henry Cooper is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Henry Cooper Died at 77 (1934-2011)

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Jimmy Carter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Jimmy Carter Died at 71 (1923-1994)

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Johnny Saxton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Johnny Saxton Died at 78 (1930-2008)

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Yvon Durelle is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Yvon Durelle Died at 78 (1929-2007)

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Charles Pierce Davey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Charles Pierce Davey Died at 77 (1925-2002)

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Cleveland Williams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Cleveland Williams Died at 66 (1933-1999)

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Ralph Dupas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Ralph Dupas Died at 73 (1935-2008)

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Virgil Akins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Virgil Akins Died at 83 (1928-2011)

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Eddie Machen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Eddie Machen Died at 40 (1932-1972)

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Alphonse Halimi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Alphonse Halimi Died at 74 (1932-2006)

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Buddy Turman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Buddy Turman Died at 74 (1933-2007)

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Zora Folley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Zora Folley Died at 41 (1931-1972)

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Hogan Bassey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Hogan Bassey Died at 66 (1932-1998)

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Robert Cohen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Robert Cohen age 87

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Joe Brown is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Joe Brown Died at 71 (1926-1997)

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Mario D'Agata is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Mario D'Agata Died at 83 (1926-2009)

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Don Jordan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Don Jordan Died at 63 (1934-1997)