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
236 42
Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 68 (1921-1989)
2
243 71
Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 46 (1923-1969)
3
173 46
Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 67 (1914-1981)
4
132 30
Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 82 (1916-1998)
5
135 35
Floyd Patterson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 71 (1935-2006)
6
118 36
Willie Pep is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 84 (1922-2006)
7
121 38
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 54 (1921-1975)
8
79 16
Carmen Basilio is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 85 (1927-2012)
9
85 20
Kid Gavilán is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 77 (1926-2003)
10
99 28
Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 80 (1914-1994)
11
113 37
Sonny Liston is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 38 (1932-1970)
12
114 38
Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
age 98
13
67 13
Cleveland Williams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 66 (1933-1999)
14
60 12
Gene Fullmer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
age 88
15
59 13
Sandy Saddler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 75 (1926-2001)
16
42 13
Randolph Turpin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 38 (1928-1966)
17
39 14
Joey Maxim is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 79 (1922-2001)
18
36 14
Ingemar Johansson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 77 (1932-2009)
19
27 7
Ike Williams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 71 (1923-1994)
20
24 6
Tony DeMarco is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
age 87
21
30 12
Henry Cooper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
darren-bell added Dec. at 77 (1934-2011)
22
30 13
Roland La Starza is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
Dec. at 82 (1927-2009)
23
22 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
22 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
20 10
Carlos Ortíz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of the 1950s
age 83