Boxing 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! After you are finished, head on over and vote for the best boxers of the 1950s.

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1
117 22
Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Dec. at 68 (1921-1989)
2
126 26
Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Dec. at 67 (1914-1981)
3
69 26
Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
age 98
4
71 29
Willie Pep is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Dec. at 84 (1922-2006)
5
46 16
Henry Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Dec. at 76 (1912-1988)
6
47 18
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Dec. at 54 (1921-1975)
7
43 17
Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
JonathanWhitfield added Dec. at 88 (1895-1983)
8
45 20
Rocky Graziano is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Dec. at 71 (1919-1990)
9
48 23
Billy Conn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Dec. at 76 (1917-1993)
10
42 19
Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Dec. at 80 (1914-1994)
11
27 9
Kid Gavilán is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Dec. at 77 (1926-2003)
12
35 16
Tony Zale is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Dec. at 84 (1913-1997)
13
23 11
Sandy Saddler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Dec. at 75 (1926-2001)
14
25 14
Marcel Cerdan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Dec. at 33 (1916-1949)
15
16 9
Ike Williams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Dec. at 71 (1923-1994)
16
12 7
Rinty Monaghan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Dec. at 66 (1918-1984)
17
20 16
Buddy Baer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Dec. at 71 (1915-1986)
18
13 9
Manuel Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Dec. at 54 (1916-1970)
19
19 16
Gus Lesnevich is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Dec. at 49 (1915-1964)
20
14 11
Beau Jack is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Dec. at 79 (1921-2000)
21
14 11
Freddie Mills is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Dec. at 46 (1919-1965)
22
9 7
Sam Baroudi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Sam Baroudi Died at 21 (1926-1948)
23
18 17
Fritzie Zivic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Dec. at 71 (1913-1984)
24
9 8
Jackie Paterson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Dec. at 46 (1920-1966)
25
9 9
Peter Kane is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Dec. at 73 (1918-1991)