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

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*Title frozen for duration of World War II

1940
1941
1942

Joe Louis, Champion

  1. Max Baer
  2. Arturo Godoy
  3. Red Burman
  4. Abe Simon
  5. Buddy Walker
  6. Buddy Baer
  7. Pat Comiskey
  8. Lee Savold
  9. Otis Thomas
  10. Lem Franklin

Joe Louis, Champion

  1. Billy Conn
  2. Lem Franklin
  3. Bob Pastor
  4. Melio Bettina
  5. Abe Simon
  6. Turkey Thompson
  7. Buddy Baer
  8. Lou Nova
  9. Arturo Godoy
  10. Roscoe Toles

Joe Louis*, Champion

  1. Jimmy Bivins
  2. Tami Mauriello
  3. Turkey Thompson
  4. Roscoe Toles
  5. Harry Bobo
  6. Big Boy Brown
  7. Lee Savold
  8. Lou Brooks
  9. Tony Musto
  10. Joey Maxim
1943
1944
1945

Joe Louis*, Champion

  1. Jimmy Bivins
  2. Tami Mauriello
  3. Lee Q Murray
  4. Curtis Sheppard
  5. Gus Dorazio
  6. Joe Baksi
  7. Joey Maxim
  8. Turkey Thompson
  9. Lee Savold
  10. Buddy Scott

Joe Louis*, Champion

  1. Melio Bettina
  2. Tami Mauriello
  3. Curtis Sheppard
  4. Joe Baksi
  5. Lee Oma
  6. Lee Q Murray
  7. Jack London
  8. Elmer Ray
  9. Al Hart
  10. Buddy Scott

Joe Louis, Champion

  1. Billy Conn
  2. Tami Mauriello
  3. Jimmy Bivins
  4. Elmer Ray
  5. Bruce Woodcock
  6. Lee Oma
  7. Freddie Schott
  8. Arturo Godoy
  9. Jersey Joe Walcott
  10. Joe Baksi
1946
1947

Joe Louis, Champion

  1. Tami Mauriello
  2. Elmer Ray
  3. Jersey Joe Walcott
  4. Bruce Woodcock
  5. Lee Q Murray
  6. Curtis Sheppard
  7. Melio Bettina
  8. Joe Baksi
  9. Joe Kahut
  10. Joey Maxim

Joe Louis, Champion

  1. Jersey Joe Walcott
  2. Elmer Ray
  3. Lee Q Murray
  4. Pat Comiskey
  5. Joe Baksi
  6. Tommy Gomez
  7. Joey Maxim
  8. Turkey Thompson
  9. Bruce Woodcock
  10. Phil Muscato
1948
1949

Joe Louis, Champion

  1. Jersey Joe Walcott
  2. Ezzard Charles
  3. Lee Savold
  4. Johnny Flynn
  5. Joey Maxim
  6. Jimmy Bivins
  7. Joe Kahut
  8. Rusty Payne
  9. Pat Valentino
  10. Freddie Beshore
Title Vacant
  1. Ezzard Charles
  2. Lee Oma
  3. Turkey Thompson
  4. Jersey Joe Walcott
  5. Bruce Woodcock
  6. Lee Savold
  7. Jimmy Bivins
  8. Pat Valentino
  9. Omelio Agramonte
  10. Roland LaStarza

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