50s The Best Boxers of the 1950s  

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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 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!"

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1
191 27
Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 68 (1921-1989)

2
146 33
Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 67 (1914-1981)

3
204 61
Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 46 (1923-1969)

4
102 21
Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 82 (1916-1998)

5
111 28
Floyd Patterson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 71 (1935-2006)

6
99 31
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 54 (1921-1975)

7
95 29
Willie Pep is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 84 (1922-2006)

8
67 15
Kid Gavilán is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 77 (1926-2003)

9
78 23
Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 80 (1914-1994)

10
88 31
Sonny Liston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 38 (1932-1970)

11
90 33
Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
age 97

12
60 15
Carmen Basilio is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 85 (1927-2012)

13
50 9
Cleveland Williams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 66 (1933-1999)

14
51 11
Gene Fullmer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
age 87

15
50 11
Sandy Saddler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 75 (1926-2001)

16
37 11
Randolph Turpin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 38 (1928-1966)

17
22 3
Tony DeMarco is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
age 86

18
32 11
Ingemar Johansson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 77 (1932-2009)

19
34 13
Joey Maxim is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 79 (1922-2001)

20
29 10
Roland La Starza is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 82 (1927-2009)

21
24 6
Ike Williams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Died at 71 (1923-1994)

22
24 9
Henry Cooper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
darren-bell added Died at 77 (1934-2011)

23
17 5
Eddie Machen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
darren-bell added Died at 40 (1932-1972)

24
18 6
Carlos Ortíz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
age 82

25
18 7
László Papp is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
darren-bell added Died at 77 (1926-2003)