The Ring Magazine's Annual Ratings: Light Heavyweight--1940s

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*Title frozen for duration of World War II

1940
1941
1942

Billy Conn, Champion

  1. Jimmy Webb
  2. Anton Christoforidis
  3. Melio Bettina
  4. Gus Lesnevich
  5. Teddy Yarosz
  6. Turkey Thompson
  7. Tommy Tucker
  8. Jimmy Reeves
  9. Solly Krieger
  10. Lloyd Marshall

Gus Lesnevich, Champion

  1. Booker Beckwith
  2. Ken Overlin
  3. Jimmy Bivins
  4. Mose Brown
  5. Billy Soose
  6. Anton Christoforidis
  7. Tommy Tucker
  8. Joey Maxim
  9. Erv Sarlin
  10. Lloyd Marshall

Gus Lesnevich*, Champion

  1. Jimmy Bivins
  2. Anton Christoforidis
  3. Ezzard Charles
  4. Freddie Mills
  5. Lloyd Marshall
  6. Jack Coggins
  7. Nate Bolden
  8. Alabama Kid
  9. Johnny (Bandit) Romero
  10. Herbie Katz
1943
1944
1945

Gus Lesnevich*, Champion

  1. Lloyd Marshall
  2. Alabama Kid
  3. Eddie Booker
  4. Nate Bolden
  5. Freddie Mills
  6. Parson Bob Jacobs
  7. Bob Garner
  8. Jack McNamee
  9. Jack Coggins
  10. Billy Grant

Gus Lesnevich*, Champion

  1. Lloyd Marshall
  2. Bruce Woodcock
  3. Alabama Kid
  4. Jack Johnson
  5. Freddie Mills
  6. Bob Garner
  7. Billy Grant
  8. Watson Jones
  9. Fitzie Fitzpatrick
  10. Walter Woods

Gus Lesnevich, Champion

  1. Archie Moore
  2. Phil Muscato
  3. Billy Grant
  4. Lloyd Marshall
  5. Joe Kahut
  6. Nate Bolden
  7. Jack Johnson
  8. Freddie Mills
  9. Oakland Billy Smith
  10. Fitzie Fitzpatrick
1946
1947

Gus Lesnevich, Champion

  1. Billy Fox
  2. Ezzard Charles
  3. Archie Moore
  4. Jack Chase
  5. Oakland Billy Smith
  6. Tommy Yarosz
  7. Johnny Colan
  8. Booker Beckwith
  9. Freddie Mills
  10. Fitzie Fitzpatrick

Gus Lesnevich, Champion

  1. Ezzard Charles
  2. Archie Moore
  3. Billy Fox
  4. Freddie Mills
  5. Tommy Yarosz
  6. Dave Sands
  7. Lloyd Marshall
  8. Bob Foxworth
  9. Oakland Billy Smith
  10. Billy Thompson
1948
1949

Freddie Mills, Champion

  1. Gus Lesnevich
  2. Leonard Morrow
  3. Archie Moore
  4. Dave Sands
  5. Lloyd Marshall
  6. Charley (Doc) Williams
  7. Oakland Billy Smith
  8. Artie Levine
  9. Henry Hall
  10. Dave Whitlock

Freddie Mills, Champion

  1. Joey Maxim
  2. Archie Moore
  3. Harold Johnson
  4. Leonard Morrow
  5. Bert Lytell
  6. Irish Bob Murphy
  7. Dave Whitlock
  8. Oakland Billy Smith
  9. Nick Barone
  10. Tommy Yarosz

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