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

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*Title frozen for the duration of World War II

1940
1941
1942
Title Vacant
  1. Ken Overlin
  2. Tony Zale
  3. Billy Soose
  4. Archie Moore
  5. Steve Belloise
  6. Jimmy Bivins
  7. Al Hostak
  8. Georgie Abrams
  9. Tami Mauriello
  10. Ernie Vigh

Tony Zale, Champion

  1. Georgie Abrams
  2. Ezzard Charles
  3. Ernie Vigh
  4. Coley Welch
  5. Ceferino Garcia
  6. Steve Belloise
  7. Antonio Fernandez
  8. Fred Apostoli
  9. Ron Richards
  10. Ossie Stewart

Tony Zale*, Champion

  1. Archie Moore
  2. Charley Burley
  3. Holman Williams
  4. Kid Tunero
  5. Jose Basora
  6. Jake LaMotta
  7. Jack Chase
  8. Eddie Booker
  9. Harry (Kid) Matthews
  10. Antonio Fernandez
1943
1944
1945

Tony Zale*, Champion

  1. Jake LaMotta
  2. Holman Williams
  3. Coley Welch
  4. Jose Basora
  5. Steve Belloise
  6. Marcel Cerdan
  7. Joe E Carter
  8. Reuben Shank
  9. George Kochan
  10. Archie Moore

Tony Zale*, Champion

  1. Holman Williams
  2. Jake LaMotta
  3. Charley Burley
  4. Jose Basora
  5. Joe E Carter
  6. Vince Hawkins
  7. Cocoa Kid
  8. Coley Welch
  9. Jack Chase
  10. Vic Dellicurti

Tony Zale, Champion

  1. Holman Williams
  2. Charley Burley
  3. Jake LaMotta
  4. Rocky Graziano
  5. Marcel Cerdan
  6. Bee Bee Washington
  7. Aaron (Tiger) Wade
  8. George (Wildcat) Henry
  9. Jimmy Edgar
  10. Bert Lytell
1946
1947

Tony Zale, Champion

  1. Jake LaMotta
  2. Charley Burley
  3. Rocky Graziano
  4. Marcel Cerdan
  5. Georgie Abrams
  6. Steve Belloise
  7. Jimmy Edgar
  8. Bert Lytell
  9. Sam Baroudi
  10. Al (Red) Priest

Rocky Graziano, Champion

  1. Tony Zale
  2. Bert Lytell
  3. Marcel Cerdan
  4. Steve Belloise
  5. Jake LaMotta
  6. Al Hostak
  7. Major Jones
  8. Anton Raadik
  9. Jackie Darthard
  10. Tony Janiro
1948
1949

Marcel Cerdan, Champion

  1. Bert Lytell
  2. Steve Belloise
  3. Jake LaMotta
  4. Tony Zale
  5. Cyriel Delannoit
  6. Sylvester Perkins
  7. Dick Turpin
  8. Robert Villemain
  9. Lee Sala
  10. Rocky Graziano

Jake LaMotta, Champion

  1. Sugar Ray Robinson
  2. Dave Sands
  3. Robert Villemain
  4. Tiberio Mitri
  5. Steve Belloise
  6. Artie Towne
  7. Laurent Dauthuille
  8. Lee Sala
  9. Randy Turpin
  10. Tuzo Portuguez

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