50s The Best Boxers of the 1950s  

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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 all time. 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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1
134 24
Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 68 (1921-1989)

2
172 53
Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 46 (1923-1969)

3
111 28
Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 67 (1914-1981)

4
67 22
Floyd Patterson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 71 (1935-2006)

5
57 18
Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 82 (1916-1998)

6
55 24
Willie Pep is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 84 (1922-2006)

7
57 27
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 54 (1921-1975)

8
54 25
Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
age 97

9
48 22
Sonny Liston is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 38 (1932-1970)

10
38 15
Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 80 (1914-1994)

11
29 9
Kid Gavilán is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 77 (1926-2003)

12
26 7
Carmen Basilio is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 85 (1927-2012)

13
26 9
Gene Fullmer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
age 87

14
22 8
Sandy Saddler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 75 (1926-2001)

15
16 3
Tony DeMarco is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
age 86

16
27 13
Joey Maxim is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 79 (1922-2001)

17
19 6
Ike Williams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 71 (1923-1994)

18
22 9
Roland La Starza is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 82 (1927-2009)

19
23 10
Ingemar Johansson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 77 (1932-2009)

20
21 9
Randolph Turpin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 38 (1928-1966)

21
16 5
Carlos Ortíz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
age 82

22
16 6
László Papp is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
darren-bell added Died at 77 (1926-2003)

23
19 9
Henry Cooper is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
darren-bell added Died at 77 (1934-2011)

24
12 4
Cleveland Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 66 (1933-1999)

25
13 6
Yvon Durelle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 78 (1929-2007)

26
10 4
Yoshio Shirai is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 80 (1923-2003)

27
11 5
Freddie Mills is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
darren-bell added Died at 46 (1919-1965)

28
13 7
Pascual Pérez is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 51 (1926-1977)

29
13 7
Bobo Olson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 74 (1928-2002)

30
15 9
Vic Toweel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 80 (1928-2008)

31
10 5
Eddie Machen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
darren-bell added Died at 40 (1932-1972)

32
13 8
Jimmy Carter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 71 (1923-1994)

33
11 6
Zora Folley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
darren-bell added Died at 41 (1931-1972)

34
15 11
Terry Allen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Terry Allen Died at 63 (1924-1987)

35
10 6
Johnny Saxton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 78 (1930-2008)

36
7 3
Virgil Akins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 83 (1928-2011)

37
8 5
Charles Pierce Davey is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
darren-bell added Died at 77 (1925-2002)

38
7 4
Ralph Dupas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 73 (1935-2008)

39
5 3
Buddy Turman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 74 (1933-2007)

40
7 6
Hogan Bassey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 66 (1932-1998)

41
6 5
Robert Cohen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Robert Cohen age 88

42
5 4
Alphonse Halimi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 74 (1932-2006)

43
4 3
Mario D'Agata is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Mario D'Agata Died at 83 (1926-2009)

44
1 0
Arthur Persley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
David Persley added Arthur Persley 99 -

Died at 77 (1919-1996)

45
4 4
Joe Brown is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 71 (1926-1997)

46
5 10
Don Jordan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 63 (1934-1997)