Boxing 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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list ordered by
1
226 41
Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 68 (1921-1989)
2
235 68
Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 46 (1923-1969)
3
169 42
Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 67 (1914-1981)
4
127 28
Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 82 (1916-1998)
5
130 33
Floyd Patterson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 71 (1935-2006)
6
114 36
Willie Pep is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 84 (1922-2006)
7
116 38
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 54 (1921-1975)
8
82 20
Kid Gavilán is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 77 (1926-2003)
9
110 36
Sonny Liston is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 38 (1932-1970)
10
74 16
Carmen Basilio is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 85 (1927-2012)
11
110 37
Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
age 98
12
94 28
Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 80 (1914-1994)
13
64 13
Cleveland Williams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 66 (1933-1999)
14
56 12
Sandy Saddler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 75 (1926-2001)
15
56 12
Gene Fullmer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
age 88
16
40 12
Randolph Turpin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 38 (1928-1966)
17
37 14
Joey Maxim is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 79 (1922-2001)
18
34 13
Ingemar Johansson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 77 (1932-2009)
19
26 7
Ike Williams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 71 (1923-1994)
20
23 6
Tony DeMarco is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
age 87
21
29 13
Roland La Starza is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 82 (1927-2009)
22
26 12
Henry Cooper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
darren-bell added Dec. at 77 (1934-2011)
23
18 8
Eddie Machen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
darren-bell added Dec. at 40 (1932-1972)
24
18 9
Zora Folley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
darren-bell added Died at 41 (1931-1972)
25
18 9
Carlos Ortíz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
age 83