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

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1
105 19
Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Died at 68 (1921-1989)

2
112 24
Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Died at 67 (1914-1981)

3
62 24
Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
age 97

4
64 28
Willie Pep is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Died at 84 (1922-2006)

5
43 16
Henry Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Died at 76 (1912-1988)

6
44 18
Rocky Graziano is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Died at 71 (1919-1990)

7
44 18
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Died at 54 (1921-1975)

8
48 23
Billy Conn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Died at 76 (1917-1993)

9
38 16
Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
JonathanWhitfield added Died at 88 (1895-1983)

10
39 18
Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Died at 80 (1914-1994)

11
34 16
Tony Zale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Died at 84 (1913-1997)

12
25 9
Kid Gavilán is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Died at 77 (1926-2003)

13
20 10
Sandy Saddler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Died at 75 (1926-2001)

14
23 14
Marcel Cerdan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Died at 33 (1916-1949)

15
16 8
Ike Williams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Died at 71 (1923-1994)

16
20 15
Buddy Baer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Died at 71 (1915-1986)

17
12 7
Rinty Monaghan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Died at 66 (1918-1984)

18
19 15
Gus Lesnevich is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Died at 49 (1915-1964)

19
14 10
Beau Jack is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Died at 79 (1921-2000)

20
14 10
Freddie Mills is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Died at 46 (1919-1965)

21
18 15
Fritzie Zivic is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Died at 71 (1913-1984)

22
12 9
Manuel Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Died at 54 (1916-1970)

23
9 6
Sam Baroudi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Sam Baroudi Died at 21 (1926-1948)

24
9 7
Jackie Paterson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Died at 46 (1920-1966)

25
8 6
Phil Terranova is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1940s
Died at 81 (1919-2000)