Boxing The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time  

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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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Éder Jofre is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
age 82

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66 31
Rubén Olivares is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time

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54 31
Carlos Zárate Serna is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time

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31 17
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
aries-magbutay added age 40

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38 25
Fighting Harada is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time

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24 15
Panama Al Brown is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 49 (1902-1951)

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10 2
Wilfredo Gómez is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Hiram Toro added age 62

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Orlando Canizales is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time

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22 15
Terry McGovern is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 38 (1880-1918)

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23 16
Manuel Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 54 (1916-1970)

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24 20
Jeff Fenech is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
age 54

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12 9
George Dixon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 38 (1870-1908)

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Rafael Márquez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time

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13 11
Lionel Rose is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Spike54 added Died at 63 (1948-2011)

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12 10
Alfonso Zamora is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time

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12 13
Jeff Chandler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
age 62

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8 10
Jimmy Carruthers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 61 (1929-1990)

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4 7
Miguel
darren-bell added Miguel "Happy" Lora age 57

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8 12
Joe Lynch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 67 (1898-1965)

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7 11
Sixto Escobar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Sixto Escobar Died at 66 (1913-1979)

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5 9
Peter Kane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 73 (1918-1991)

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5 9
Frankie Burns is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 72 (1889-1961)

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5 9
Kid Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 70 (1893-1963)

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5 9
Rafael Herrera is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time

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4 8
Pete Sanstol is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Pete Sanstol Died at 77 (1905-1982)

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5 10
Veeraphol Sahaprom is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time

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6 12
Pete Herman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 77 (1896-1973)

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6 12
José Becerra is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
José Becerra

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3 9
Jimmy Barry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 73 (1870-1943)

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5 12
Bud Taylor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 59 (1903-1962)

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4 11
Johnny Coulon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 84 (1889-1973)

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3 10
Art Hafey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
BZelley added Art Hafey

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2 9
Memphis Pal Moore is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 59 (1894-1953)

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2 9
Rush Dalma is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Rush Dalma

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3 11
Louis Salica is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bantamweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 90 (1912-2002)