National Boxing Association's Quarterly Ratings: 1944

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Announced January 16, 1945:

Heavyweights
Light Heavyweights
Middleweights

Joe Louis, Champion
Logical contenders

  1. Billy Conn
  2. Joe Baksi
  3. Jimmy Bivins

Outstanding boxers

  1. Melio Bettina
  2. Lee Q Murray
  3. Lee Oma

Honorable Mentions
Lee Savold
Freddie Schott

Gus Lesnevich, Champion
Logical contenders

  1. Lloyd Marshall
  2. Freddie Mills

Outstanding boxers

  1. Anton Christoforidis
  2. Johnny Colan
  3. Billy Soose
  4. Ezzard Charles

Tony Zale, Champion
Logical contenders

  1. Georgie Abrams
  2. Holman Williams
  3. Jake LaMotta

Outstanding boxers

  1. Jose Basora
  2. Tony Ciancola Martin
  3. Steve Belloise
  4. Charley Burley
  5. Marcel Cerdan
  6. Joe Carter
  7. Jack Chase
Welterweights
Lightweights
Featherweights

Freddie (Red) Cochrane, Champion
Logical contenders

  1. Sugar Ray Robinson
  2. California Jackie Wilson

Outstanding boxers

  1. Henry Armstrong
  2. Jimmy McDaniels
  3. Tommy Bell
  4. Marty Servo
  5. Johnny Greco
  6. Billy Arnold
  7. Fritzie Zivic

Juan Zurita, Champion
Logical contenders

  1. Beau Jack
  2. Bob Montgomery
  3. Ike Williams
  4. Willie Joyce

Outstanding boxers

  1. Bobby Ruffin
  2. Tippy Larkin
  3. John Thomas

Sal Bartola, Champion
Logical contender

  1. Willie Pep

Outstanding boxers

  1. Chalky Wright
  2. Phil Terranova
  3. Carlos Chavez
  4. Harry Jeffra
  5. Danny Webb
Bantamweights
Flyweights

Manuel Ortiz, Champion
Logical contenders

  1. Rush Dalma
  2. David Kui Kong Young
  3. Little Dado

Jackie Paterson, Champion
Logical contenders

  1. Dado Marino
  2. Joe Curran

Outstanding boxers

  1. Alex Murphy
  2. Norman Lewis
  3. George Parkes
  4. Tommy Burney


Announced October 18, 1944:

Heavyweights
Light Heavyweights
Middleweights

Joe Louis, Champion
Logical contenders

  1. Billy Conn
  2. Joe Baksi
  3. Jimmy Bivins

Outstanding boxers

  1. Melio Bettina
  2. Tami Mauriello
  3. Lee Q Murray
  4. Lee Savold
  5. Joey Maxim
  6. Lee Oma
  7. Jack London

Gus Lesnevich, Champion
Logical contenders

  1. Lloyd Marshall
  2. Freddie Mills

Outstanding boxers

  1. Anton Christoforidis
  2. Eddie Booker

Tony Zale, Champion
Logical contenders

  1. Georgie Abrams
  2. Holman Williams

Outstanding boxers

  1. Jake LaMotta
  2. Tony Ciancola Martin
  3. Jose Basora
  4. Steve Belloise
  5. Charley Burley
Welterweights
Lightweights
Featherweights

Freddie (Red) Cochrane, Champion
Logical contenders

  1. Sugar Ray Robinson
  2. California Jackie Wilson

Outstanding boxers

  1. Henry Armstrong
  2. Tommy Bell
  3. Marty Servo
  4. Jimmy McDaniels
  5. Marcel Cerdan

Juan Zurita, Champion
Logical contenders

  1. Beau Jack
  2. Bob Montgomery
  3. Ike Williams

Outstanding boxers

  1. Bobby Ruffin
  2. Luther White
  3. John Thomas
  4. Tippy Larkin
  5. Willie Joyce
  6. Dave Castilloux

Sal Bartola, Champion
Logical contender

  1. Willie Pep

Outstanding boxers

  1. Harry Jeffra
  2. Phil Terranova
  3. Chalky Wright
  4. Mike Raffa
  5. Jackie Wilson
  6. Carlos Chavez
  7. Willie Roache
Bantamweights
Flyweights

Manuel Ortiz, Champion
Logical contender

  1. Rush Dalma

Outstanding boxer

  1. David Kui Kong Young

Jackie Paterson, Champion
Logical contender

  1. Norman Lewis

Outstanding boxers

  1. Joe Curran
  2. Alex Murphy
  3. George Parkes


Announced July 13, 1944:

Heavyweights
Light Heavyweights
Middleweights

Joe Louis, Champion
Logical contenders

  1. Billy Conn
  2. Jimmy Bivins

Outstanding boxers

  1. Joe Baksi
  2. Melio Bettina
  3. Lee Savold
  4. Tami Mauriello
  5. Lee Q Murray
  6. Joey Maxim

Gus Lesnevich, Champion
Logical contenders

  1. Lloyd Marshall
  2. Freddie Mills

Outstanding boxers

  1. Anton Christoforidis
  2. Eddie Booker

Tony Zale, Champion
Logical contenders

  1. Georgie Abrams
  2. Holman Williams
  3. Jake LaMotta
  4. Tony Ciancola Martin
  5. Joe Carter
  6. Jose Basora

Outstanding boxers

  1. Steve Belloise
  2. Fred Apostoli
  3. Coley Welch
  4. Tommy Yarosz
Welterweights
Lightweights
Featherweights

Freddie (Red) Cochrane, Champion
Logical contenders

  1. Sugar Ray Robinson
  2. California Jackie Wilson

Outstanding boxers

  1. Henry Armstrong
  2. Tommy Bell
  3. Marty Servo
  4. Marcel Cerdan
  5. Sammy Angott

Juan Zurita, Champion
Logical contenders

  1. Bob Montgomery
  2. Beau Jack
  3. Ike Williams

Outstanding boxers

  1. Bobby Ruffin
  2. Luther (Slugger) White
  3. John Thomas
  4. Willie Joyce
  5. Tippy Larkin

Sal Bartola, Champion
Logical contenders

  1. Willie Pep
  2. Chalky Wright

Outstanding boxers

  1. Phil Terranova
  2. Harry Jeffra
  3. Charley (Cabey) Lewis
  4. Larry Bolvin
  5. Mike Raffa
Bantamweights
Flyweights

Manuel Ortiz, Champion
Logical contenders

  1. Rush Dalma
  2. Tony Olivera

Outstanding boxers

  1. David Kui Kong Young
  2. Carlos Chavez
  3. Ernesto Aguilar

Jackie Paterson, Champion
Logical contenders

  1. Peter Kane
  2. Alex Murphy
  3. Norman Lewis
  4. George Parkes

Outstanding boxers

  1. Sammy Reynolds
  2. Joe Curran


Announced April 21, 1944:

Heavyweights
Light Heavyweights
Middleweights

Joe Louis, Champion
Logical contenders

  1. Billy Conn
  2. Jimmy Bivins

Outstanding boxers

  1. Melio Bettina
  2. Lee Savold
  3. Joe Baksi
  4. Tami Mauriello
  5. Lee Q Murray
  6. Turkey Thompson

Gus Lesnevich, Champion
Logical contenders

  1. Freddie Mills
  2. Lloyd Marshall

Outstanding boxers

  1. Anton Christoforidis
  2. Johnny Colan
  3. Eddie Booker
  4. Parson Bob Jacobs

Tony Zale, Champion
Logical contenders

  1. Georgie Abrams
  2. Jake LaMotta
  3. Holman Williams
  4. Tony Ciancola Martin
  5. Coley Welch
  6. Jose Basora

Outstanding boxers

  1. Steve Belloise
  2. Kid Tunero
  3. Joe Carter
  4. Ernie Vigh
  5. Fred Apostoli
Welterweights
Lightweights
Featherweights

Freddie (Red) Cochrane, Champion
Logical contenders

  1. Sugar Ray Robinson
  2. California Jackie Wilson
  3. Henry Armstrong

Outstanding boxers

  1. Tommy Bell
  2. Marty Servo
  3. Ralph Zannelli
  4. Marcel Cerdan
  5. Cocoa Kid

Juan Zurita, Champion
Logical contenders

  1. Sammy Angott
  2. Bob Montgomery
  3. Beau Jack
  4. Bobby Ruffin

Outstanding boxers

  1. Luther (Slugger) White
  2. Ike Williams
  3. Tippy Larkin
  4. John Thomas
  5. Lulu Costantino

Sal Bartola, Champion
Logical contenders

  1. Willie Pep
  2. Chalky Wright
  3. Phil Terranova

Outstanding boxers

  1. Harry Jeffra
  2. Larry Bolvin
  3. Mike Raffa
Bantamweights
Flyweights

Manuel Ortiz, Champion
Logical contenders

  1. Rush Dalma
  2. Ernesto Aguilar
  3. Little Dado
  4. David Kui Kong Young

Outstanding boxers

  1. Lou Salica
  2. Tony Olivera
  3. Carlos Chavez

Jackie Paterson, Champion
Logical contenders

  1. Peter Kane
  2. Alex Murphy

Outstanding boxers

  1. George Parkes
  2. Norman Lewis

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References

  • The Charlotte Observer. Charlotte, Carolina. Wednesday 17 Jan, 1945.
  • Paterson Evening News. Paterson, New Jersey. Tuesday 16 Jan, 1945.
  • Evening Star [1]
  • The Palisades [2]
  • Register-Republic. Rockford, Illinois. Thursday, July 13 1944. P.15.
  • Post-Register. Idaho Falls, Idaho. Friday, April 21 1944. P.12.