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The best bantamweight boxers of all time are the best men to ever enter the ring and compete at the weight class, which has limited participants to 118 pounds or 53.5 kilograms since its formation in 1894. Featuring world champions and fan favorites, many of these best bantamweight boxers are also among the best boxers of all time.

Like many sports, those deemed the best are some of those who were the first to see success when the sport, or in this case weight class, was introduced. George Dixon, Terry McGovern, Pete Herman and Joe Lynch are some of the men who increased the popularity of the sport and the class with their success during the early 20th century.

But the boxer who is described by many as the very best bantamweight boxer of all time saw his time in the spotlight later in the century in the 1960s. Brazilian boxer Eder Jofre, who is also one of the best featherweight boxers of all time, competed in 87 fights between 1957 and 1976, winning 72 of them including several which earned him championships.

There are many more where that came from though and to this day there are plenty of great bantamweight boxers looking to put their name on this list too. Think a name deserves to be here or be in a different spot? Add or vote for your favorite bantamweight boxers below!
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Rubén Olivares is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time

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Carlos Zárate Serna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time

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Éder Jofre is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Éder Jofre age 81

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Orlando Canizales is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time

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Panama Al Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Panama Al Brown Died at 49 (1902-1951)

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Fighting Harada is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time

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Jeff Fenech is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Jeff Fenech age 53

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Manuel Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Manuel Ortiz Died at 54 (1916-1970)

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Terry McGovern is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Terry McGovern Died at 38 (1880-1918)

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Rafael Márquez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time

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Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
aries-magbutay added Manny Pacquiáo age 39

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Jeff Chandler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Jeff Chandler age 61

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Lionel Rose is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Spike54 added Lionel Rose Died at 63 (1948-2011)

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Joe Lynch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Joe Lynch Died at 67 (1898-1965)

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Sixto Escobar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Sixto Escobar Died at 66 (1913-1979)

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Miguel
darren-bell added Miguel "Happy" Lora age 56

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Frankie Burns is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Frankie Burns Died at 72 (1889-1961)

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Jimmy Carruthers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Jimmy Carruthers Died at 61 (1929-1990)

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Alfonso Zamora is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time

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George Dixon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
George Dixon Died at 38 (1870-1908)

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Peter Kane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Peter Kane Died at 73 (1918-1991)

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Johnny Coulon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Johnny Coulon Died at 84 (1889-1973)

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Pete Sanstol is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Pete Sanstol Died at 77 (1905-1982)

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Jimmy Barry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Jimmy Barry Died at 73 (1870-1943)

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Pete Herman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Pete Herman Died at 77 (1896-1973)

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José Becerra is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
José Becerra

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Kid Williams is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Kid Williams Died at 70 (1893-1963)

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Art Hafey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
BZelley added Art Hafey

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Veeraphol Sahaprom is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time

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Rush Dalma is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Rush Dalma

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Rafael Herrera is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time

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Louis Salica is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Louis Salica Died at 90 (1912-2002)

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Memphis Pal Moore is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Memphis Pal Moore Died at 59 (1894-1953)

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Bud Taylor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Bud Taylor Died at 59 (1903-1962)