Henry Armstrong

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Henry Armstrong
Henry Armstrong.jpg
Henry Armstrong in 1937
Statistics
Real nameHenry Melody Jackson Jr.
Nickname(s)Homicide Hank
Hurricane Hank
Hammerin' Hank
Weight(s)Featherweight
Lightweight
Welterweight
Middleweight
Height5 ft 5 12 in (166 cm)
Reach67 in (170 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1912-12-12)December 12, 1912
Columbus, Mississippi
DiedOctober 24, 1988(1988-10-24) (aged 75)
Los Angeles, California
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights181
Wins151
Wins by KO101
Losses21
Draws9

Henry Jackson Jr. (December 12, 1912 – October 24, 1988) was an American professional boxer and a world boxing champion who fought under the name Henry Armstrong.

Armstrong was one of the few fighters to win in three or more different divisions: featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight. He defended his welterweight title a total of nineteen times.

The Ring magazine named him Fighter of the Year in 1937. The Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) named him Fighter of the Year in 1940. In 2007, The Ring ranked Armstrong as the second-greatest fighter of the last 80 years.[1] Historian Bert Sugar also ranked Armstrong as the second-greatest fighter of all time. ESPN ranked Armstrong as number 3 on their list of the 50 greatest boxers of all time.[2]

Early life[edit]

He was born Henry Jackson, Jr. on December 12, 1912, in Columbus, Mississippi. He was the son of Henry Jackson Sr., a sharecropper of African American, Irish, and Native American descent, and America Jackson, said to be a "full-blooded" Iroquois.[3][4] (Note: But there were six Iroquois tribes and none named "Iroquois". By the 20th century, many of their members also had European-American heritage.) As a child, Henry Jr. moved with his family to St. Louis, Missouri, during the early period of the Great Migration of African Americans from the rural South to industrial cities of the Midwest and North. There he became involved in boxing. He graduated as an honor student from Vashon High School in St. Louis[5] Later he took the surname Armstrong as his fighting name.

Early career[edit]

Armstrong began his professional career on July 28, 1931, in a fight with Al Iovino, in which Armstrong was knocked out in three rounds. His first win came later that year, beating Sammy Burns by a decision in six. In 1932, Armstrong moved to Los Angeles, where he lost two four-round decisions in a row to Eddie Trujillo and Al Greenfield. Following these two losses, however, he started a streak of 11 wins.[6]

In 1936, Armstrong split his time among Los Angeles, Mexico City and St. Louis. A few notable opponents of that year include Ritchie Fontaine, Arizmendi, former world champion Juan Zurita, and Mike Belloise.[6] Early in his career, he fought some fights under the ring name Melody Jackson.[7]

In 1937 Armstrong won his first 22 bouts. He beat Casanova in three rounds, Belloise in four, Joe Rivers in three, former world champion Frankie Klick in four, and former world champion Benny Bass in four.[6] Armstrong was given his first world title fight, for the title in the 126-pound weight class against World Featherweight Champion Petey Sarron at Madison Square Garden. Armstrong knocked Sarron out in six rounds, becoming the World Featherweight Champion.[8]

Armstrong's two nicknames were Hurricane Henry and Homicide' Hank.[9]

In 1938, Armstrong started his season with seven more knockouts in a row, including one over Chalky Wright, a future world champion. The streak finally ended when Arizmendi lasted ten rounds before losing a decision to Armstrong in their fourth fight. Armstrong's streak of 27 knockout wins in a row qualifies as one of the longest knockout win streaks in the history of boxing, according to The Ring magazine.[citation needed]

Later in 1938, Armstrong, still the Featherweight division world champion, challenged Barney Ross for the title. Later a fellow member of the three division champions' club, Ross was then World Welterweight Champion. Armstrong, at 133½ pounds, beat Ross, at 142 pounds, by unanimous decision, adding the World Welterweight Championship to his belt. Armstrong lost weight in order to compete in the lower weight division, and beat World Lightweight Champion Lou Ambers by split decision. Armstrong was the first boxer ever to hold world championships in three different weight divisions at the same time. He decided not to maintain the required 126-pound weight anymore and left the featherweight crown vacant.[8]

Welterweight defenses[edit]

Armstrong dedicated the next two years to defending the welterweight crown, beating, among others, Ceferino Garcia, a future World Middleweight Champion, and Bobby Pacho.

Armstrong defended his Lightweight belt in a rematch with Ambers, which he lost on a 15-round decision. After that, he concentrated once again on defending the world Welterweight title. He defended it in eight fights in a row, the last of which was a nine-round knockout win over Puerto Rico's Pedro Montañez.

Armstrong sought to become the first boxer to win world titles in four different categories in a rematch with Garcia, already the World Middleweight Champion, but the fight ended in a ten-round draw. Armstrong's attempt to win a world title in a fourth division was frustrated.[10] According to boxing historian Bert Sugar, many commentators of the time said that Armstrong deserved the decision in this fight.[11]

Armstrong (right) demonstrating some boxing techniques to a US Army member during an exhibition tour in 1943.

Returning to the welterweight division, Armstrong successfully defended the title five more times, until Fritzie Zivic beat him to take the world title in a 15-round decision. This ended Armstrong's reign as Welterweight Champion. Armstrong's eighteen successful title defenses were the most in history in the Welterweight division.[citation needed]

In 1945, Armstrong retired from boxing. His official record was 152 wins, 21 losses and 9 draws, with 101 knockout wins.[6]

After boxing[edit]

After retiring from boxing in 1946, Armstrong briefly opened a Harlem nightclub, the Melody Room (named after his first nickname).[12] He returned to settle again in St. Louis, Missouri where, apart from the ceremonies and galas that he attended afterward, he led a quiet retirement. He became a born-again Christian and an ordained Baptist minister and youth advocate, helping to run the Herbert Hoover Boys Club. He also taught young fighters how to box.[7]

Death, legacy and honors[edit]



Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
183 fights 152 wins 22 losses
By knockout 101 2
By decision 51 18
By disqualification 0 2
Draws 9
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
183 Loss 152–22–9 United States Chester Slider PTS 10 Feb 14, 1945 United States Auditorium, Oakland
182 Win 152–21–9 United States Genaro Rojo UD 10 Feb 06, 1945 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
181 Draw 151–21–9 United States Chester Slider PTS 10 Jan 17, 1945 United States Auditorium, Oakland
180 Win 151–21–8 United States Mike Belloise KO 4 (10) Nov 04, 1944 United States Auditorium, Portland
179 Win 150–21–8 United States Aldo Spoldi KO 2 (10) Sep 15, 1944 United States Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis
178 Win 149–21–8 United States Willie Joyce PTS 10 Aug 21, 1944 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco
177 Draw 148–21–8 United States Slugger White PTS 10 Jul 14, 1944 United States Legion Stadium, Hollywood
176 Loss 148–21–7 United States John Thomas UD 10 Jul 04, 1944 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
175 Win 148–20–7 United States Nick Latsios UD 10 Jun 21, 1944 United States Madison Square Garden, New York
174 Win 147–20–7 United States Al Davis TKO 2 (10) Jun 15, 1944 United States Madison Square Garden, New York
173 Loss 146–20–7 United States Willie Joyce UD 10 Jun 02, 1944 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago
172 Win 146–19–7 United States Aaron Perry TKO 6 (10) May 22, 1944 United States Griffith Stadium, Washington
171 Win 145–19–7 United States Ralph Zannelli UD 10 May 16, 1944 United States Boston Garden, Boston
170 Win 144–19–7 United States John Thomas SD 10 Apr 25, 1944 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
169 Win 143–19–7 United States Ralph Zannelli UD 10 Mar 24, 1944 United States Boston Garden, Boston
168 Win 142–19–7 United States Frankie Willis UD 10 Mar 20, 1944 United States Uline Arena, Washington
167 Win 141–19–7 United States Johnny Jones KO 5 (10) Mar 14, 1944 United States Dorsey Park, Miami
166 Win 140–19–7 United States Jackie Byrd KO 4 (10) Feb 29, 1944 United States Coliseum, Des Moines
165 Win 139–19–7 United States Jimmy Garrison TKO 5 (10) Feb 23, 1944 United States Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City
164 Win 138–19–7 United States Lew Hanbury KO 3 (10) Feb 07, 1944 United States Uline Arena, Washington
163 Win 137–19–7 Italy Saverio Turiello KO 7 (12) Jan 25, 1944 United States Auditorium, Portland
162 Win 136–19–7 Italy Aldo Spoldi KO 3 (10) Jan 14, 1944 United States Auditorium, Portland
161 Loss 135–19–7 United States Sugar Ray Robinson UD 10 Aug 27, 1943 United States Madison Square Garden, New York
160 Win 135–18–7 Mexico Joey Silva PTS 10 Aug 14, 1943 United States Gonzaga Stadium, Spokane
159 Win 134–18–7 United States Jimmy Garrison PTS 10 Aug 06, 1943 United States Auditorium, Portland
158 Win 133–18–7 United States Willie Joyce UD 10 Jul 24, 1943 United States Gilmore Stadium, Los Angeles
157 Win 132–18–7 United States Sammy Angott UD 10 Jun 11, 1943 United States Madison Square Garden, New York
156 Win 131–18–7 United States Maxie Shapiro TKO 7 (10) May 24, 1943 United States Convention Hall, Philadelphia
155 Win 130–18–7 United States Tommy Jessup KO 1 (10) May 07, 1943 United States Boston Garden, Boston
154 Win 129–18–7 Italy Saverio Turiello TKO 5 (10) May 03, 1943 United States Uline Arena, Washington
153 Loss 128–18–7 United States Beau Jack UD 10 Apr 02, 1943 United States Madison Square Garden, New York
152 Win 128–17–7 United States Al Tribuani UD 10 Mar 22, 1943 United States Convention Hall, Philadelphia
151 Win 127–17–7 United States Tippy Larkin KO 2 (10) Mar 08, 1943 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco
150 Loss 126–17–7 United States Willie Joyce UD 10 Mar 02, 1943 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
149 Win 126–16–7 United States Jimmy McDaniels UD 10 Jan 05, 1942 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
148 Win 125–16–7 Italy Saverio Turiello TKO 4 (10) Dec 14, 1942 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco
147 Win 124–16–7 United States Lew Jenkins TKO 8 (10) Dec 04, 1942 United States Auditorium, Portland
146 Win 123–16–7 United States Fritzie Zivic UD 10 Oct 26, 1942 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco
145 Win 122–16–7 Mexico Juan Zurita KO 2 (10) Oct 13, 1942 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
144 Win 121–16–7 United States Earl Turner KO 4 (10) Sep 30, 1942 United States Auditorium, Oakland
143 Win 120–16–7 United States Leo Rodak TKO 8 (10) Sep 14, 1942 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco
142 Win 119–16–7 United States Johnny Taylor TKO 3 (10) Sep 07, 1942 United States Arena, Pittman
141 Win 118–16–7 Mexico Rodolfo Ramirez KO 8 (10) Aug 26, 1942 United States Auditorium, Oakland
140 Win 117–16–7 United States Jackie Burke PTS 10 Aug 13, 1942 United States John Affleck Park, Ogden
139 Win 116–16–7 Italy Aldo Spoldi TKO 7 (10) Aug 03, 1942 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco
138 Win 115–16–7 United States Joe Ybarra TKO 3 (10) Jul 20, 1942 United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento
137 Loss 114–16–7 United States Rueben Shank UD 10 Jul 03, 1942 United States Municipal Auditorium, Denver
136 Win 114–15–7 United States Sheik Rangel PTS 10 Jun 24, 1942 United States Auditorium, Oakland
135 Win 113–15–7 United States Johnny Taylor TKO 4 (10) Jun 01, 1942 United States Civic Auditorium, San Jose
134 Loss 112–15–7 United States Fritzie Zivic TKO 12 (15) Jan 17, 1941 United States Madison Square Garden, New York For The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
133 Loss 112–14–7 United States Fritzie Zivic UD 15 Oct 04, 1940 United States Madison Square Garden, New York Lost The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
132 Win 112–13–7 United States Phil Furr KO 4 (15) Sep 23, 1940 United States Griffith Stadium, Washington Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
131 Win 111–13–7 United States Lew Jenkins TKO 6 (12) Jul 17, 1940 United States Polo Grounds, New York
130 Win 110–13–7 Canada Paul Junior TKO 3 (15) Jun 21, 1940 United States Exposition Building, Portland Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
129 Win 109–13–7 United States Ralph Zannelli TKO 5 (15) May 24, 1940 United States Boston Garden, Boston Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
128 Win 108–13–7 Canada Paul Junior TKO 7 (15) Apr 26, 1940 United States Boston Garden, Boston Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
127 Draw 107–13–7 Philippines Ceferino Garcia PTS 10 Mar 01, 1940 United States Gilmore Stadium, Los Angeles
126 Win 107–13–6 Puerto Rico Pedro Montanez TKO 9 (15) Jan 24, 1940 United States Madison Square Garden, New York Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
125 Win 106–13–6 United States Joe Ghnouly KO 5 (15) Jan 04, 1940 United States Municipal Audiotrium, Saint Louis Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
124 Win 105–13–6 United States Jimmy Garrison KO 7 (10) Dec 11, 1939 United States Arena, Cleveland Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
123 Win 104–13–6 United States Bobby Pacho TKO 4 (15) Oct 30, 1939 United States Municipal Auditorium, Denver Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
122 Win 103–13–6 United States Jimmy Garrison PTS 10 Oct 24, 1939 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
121 Win 102–13–6 United States Richie Fontaine TKO 3 (15) Oct 20, 1939 United States Civic Auditorium, Seattle Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
120 Win 101–13–6 United States Howard Scott KO 2 (10) Oct 13, 1939 United States Armory, Minneapolis Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
119 Win 100–13–6 United States Al Manfredo TKO 4 (10) Oct 09, 1939 United States Riverview Park, Des Moines Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
118 Loss 99–13–6 United States Lou Ambers UD 15 Aug 22, 1939 United States Yankee Stadium, Bronx Lost The Ring and lineal lightweight titles
117 Win 99–12–6 United Kingdom Ernie Roderick PTS 15 May 25, 1939 United Kingdom Harringay Arena, Harringay Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
116 Win 98–12–6 United States Davey Day TKO 12 (15) Mar 31, 1939 United States Madison Square Garden, New York Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
115 Win 97–12–6 United States Lew Feldman KO 1 (15) Mar 16, 1939 United States Municipal Audtiorium, Saint Louis Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles;
Retained The Ring lineal lightweight titles
114 Win 96–12–6 United States Bobby Pacho TKO 4 (15) Mar 04, 1939 Cuba Tropical Stadium, Havana Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
113 Win 95–12–6 Mexico Baby Arizmendi PTS 10 Jan 10, 1939 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
112 Win 94–12–6 United States Al Manfredo TKO 3 (15) Dec 05, 1938 United States Arena, Cleveland Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
111 Win 93–12–6 Philippines Ceferino Garcia UD 15 Nov 25, 1938 United States Madison Square Garden, New York Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
110 Win 92–12–6 United States Lou Ambers SD 15 Aug 17, 1938 United States Madison Square Garden, New York Won The Ring and lineal lightweight title
109 Win 91–12–6 United States Barney Ross UD 15 May 31, 1938 United States Madison Square Garden Bowl, Long Island City, Queens Won The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
108 Win 90–12–6 United States Lew Feldman KO 5 (10) Mar 30, 1938 United States Hippodrime, New York
107 Win 89–12–6 United States Eddie Zivic TKO 4 (10) Mar 25, 1938 United States Olympia Stadium, Detroit
106 Win 88–12–6 Mexico Baby Arizmendi PTS 10 Mar 15, 1938 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
105 Win 87–12–6 United States Charley Burns KO 2 (10) Feb 28, 1938 United States Armory, Minneagpolis
104 Win 86–12–6 United States Everett Rightmire TKO 3 (10) Feb 25, 1938 United States International Amphitheatre, Chicago
103 Win 85–12–6 United States Al Citrino TKO 4 (10) Feb 09, 1938 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco
102 Win 84–12–6 United States Chalky Wright KO 3 (10) Feb 01, 1938 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
101 Win 83–12–6 United States Tommy Brown KO 2 (10) Jan 22, 1938 United States Labor Temple, Tucson
100 Win 82–12–6 United States Frankie Castillo TKO 3 (10) Jan 21, 1938 United States Legion Arena, Phoenix
99 Win 81–12–6 Italy Enrico Venturi KO 6 (10) Jan 12, 1938 United States Madison Square Garden, New York
98 Win 80–12–6 United States Johnny Jones KO 2 (10) Dec 12, 1937 United States Coliseum Arena, New Orleans
97 Win 79–12–6 United States Tony Chavez TKO 1 (10) Dec 06, 1937 United States Arena, Cleveland
96 Win 78–12–6 United States Joey Brown KO 2 (10) Nov 23, 1937 United States Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo
95 Win 77–12–6 United States Billy Beauhuld KO 5 (10) Nov 19, 1937 United States Madison Square Garden, New York
94 Win 76–12–6 United States Petey Sarron KO 6 (15) Oct 29, 1937 United States Madison Square Garden, New York Won The Ring and vacant lineal featherweight titles
93 Win 75–12–6 Canada Joe Marciente KO 3 (10) Oct 18, 1937 United States Arena, Philadelphia
92 Win 74–12–6 United States Bobby Dean KO 1 (10) Sep 21, 1937 United States Rayen-Wood Auditorium, Youngstown
91 Win 73–12–6 United States Johnny DeFoe TKO 4 (10) Sep 16, 1937 United States Madison Square Garden, New York
90 Win 72–12–6 United States Charley Burns KO 4 (10) Sep 09, 1937 United States Hickey Park, Millvale
89 Win 71–12–6 Canada Orville Drouillard TKO 5 (10) Aug 31, 1937 United States University of Detroit Stadium, Detroit
88 Win 70–12–6 Puerto Rico Johnny Cabello RTD 1 (10) Aug 16, 1937 United States Griffith Stadium, Washington
87 Win 69–12–6 United States Eddie Brink KO 3 (10) Aug 13, 1937 United States Dyckman Oval, Manhattan
86 Win 68–12–6 United States Benny Bass KO 4 (10) Jul 27, 1937 United States Baker Bowl, Philadelphia
85 Win 67–12–6 United States Lew Massey TKO 4 (10) Jul 19, 1937 United States Dexter Park Arena, Woodhaven, Queens
84 Win 66–12–6 Australia Alf Blatch TKO 3 (10) Jul 08, 1937 United States Madison Square Garden, New York
83 Win 65–12–6 United States Jackie Carter TKO 3 (10) Jun 15, 1937 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
82 Win 64–12–6 Philippines Mark Diaz KO 4 (10) Jun 09, 1937 United States Pasadena Arean, Pasadena
81 Win 63–12–6 United States Wally Hally TKO 4 (10) May 28, 1937 United States Wrigley Field, Los Angeles
80 Win 62–12–6 United States Frankie Klick TKO 4 (10) May 04, 1937 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
79 Win 61–12–6 Canada Pete DeGrasse KO 10 (10) Apr 06, 1937 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
78 Win 60–12–6 Italy Aldo Spoldi UD 10 Mar 19, 1937 United States Madison Square Garden, New York
77 Win 59–12–6 United States Mike Belloise TKO 4 (10) Mar 12, 1937 United States Madison Square Garden, New York
76 Win 58–12–6 United States California Joe Rivers TKO 4 (10) Mar 02, 1937 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
75 Win 57–12–6 Philippines Varias Milling KO 4 (10) Feb 19, 1937 United States Coliseum, San Diego
74 Win 56–12–6 United States Moon Mullins TKO 2 (10) Feb 02, 1937 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
73 Win 55–12–6 United States Tony Chavez KO 10 (10) Jan 19, 1937 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
72 Win 54–12–6 Mexico Rodolfo Casanova KO 3 (10) Jan 01, 1937 Mexico El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City
71 Loss 53–12–6 United States Tony Chavez DQ 8 (10) Dec 03, 1936 United States Municipal Auditorium, Saint Louis
70 Win 53–11–6 United States Joey Alcanter RTD 5 (10) Nov 17, 1936 United States Municipal Auditorium, Saint Louis
69 Win 52–11–6 Philippines Gene Espinoza KO 1 (10) Nov 02, 1936 United States Eastside Arena, Los Angeles
68 Win 51–11–6 United States Mike Belloise PTS 10 Oct 27, 1936 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
67 Win 50–11–6 Philippines Dommy Ganzon KO 1 (10) Sep 08, 1936 United States Civic Auditorium, Stockton
66 Win 49–11–6 United States Elmer Brown PTS 10 Sep 03, 1936 United States Multnomah Stadium, Portland
65 Win 48–11–6 Mexico Juan Zurita KO 4 (10) Aug 18, 1936 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
64 Win 47–11–6 Mexico Baby Arizmendi PTS 10 Aug 04, 1936 United States Wrigley Field, Los Angeles
63 Win 46–11–6 United States Johnny DeFoe PTS 10 Jun 22, 1936 United States Fox Theatre, Butte
62 Win 45–11–6 United States Bobby Leyvas TKO 4 (10) May 19, 1936 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
61 Win 44–11–6 United States Richie Fontaine PTS 10 Mar 31, 1936 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
60 Loss 43–11–6 United States Richie Fontaine PTS 10 Feb 26, 1936 United States Auditorium, Oakland
59 Loss 43–10–6 Mexico Joe Conde PTS 10 Jan 01, 1936 Mexico El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City
58 Win 43–9–6 United States Alton Black TKO 8 (15) Dec 06, 1935 United States Chestnut St. Arena, Reno
57 Win 42–9–6 United States Midget Wolgast PTS 10 Nov 27, 1935 United States Auditorium, Oakland
56 Win 41–9–6 United States Leo Lomelli TKO 6 (8) Nov 12, 1935 United States Auditorium, Oakland
55 Win 40–9–6 United States Lester Marston TKO 7 (10) Oct 21, 1935 United States Auditorium, Oakland
54 Draw 39–9–6 Mexico Perfecto Lopez PTS 8 Sep 13, 1935 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco
53 Win 39–9–5 United States Alton Black TKO 8 (10) Sep 13, 1935 United States Chestnut St. Arena, Reno
52 Win 38–9–5 Philippines Varias Milling PTS 10 Jun 25, 1935 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
51 Win 37–9–5 Panama Davey Abad PTS 10 May 28, 1935 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
50 Win 36–9–5 Philippines Mark Diaz PTS 8 May 10, 1935 United States Ventura A.C., Ventura
49 Win 35–9–5 United States Frankie Covelli PTS 8 Apr 16, 1935 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
48 Win 34–9–5 United States Tully Corvo TKO 5 (10) Apr 06, 1935 United States L Street Arena, Sacramento
47 Loss 33–9–5 Panama Davey Abad PTS 10 Mar 31, 1935 Mexico El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City
46 Win 33–8–5 United States Sal Hernandez TKO 2 (10) Mar 19, 1935 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
45 Loss 32–8–5 Mexico Rodolfo Casanova DQ 5 (10) Feb 16, 1935 Mexico Arena Nacional, Mexico City
44 Loss 32–7–5 Mexico Baby Arizmendi UD 12 Jan 01, 1935 Mexico El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City
43 Win 32–6–5 Mexico Ventura Arana TKO 5 (10) Dec 15, 1934 Mexico El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City
42 Win 31–6–5 Mexico Joe Conde TKO 7 (10) Dec 01, 1934 Mexico Arena Nacional, Mexico City
41 Loss 30–6–5 Mexico Baby Arizmendi PTS 10 Nov 04, 1934 Mexico Arena Nacional, Mexico City
40 Win 30–5–5 Mexico Perfecto Lopez PTS 8 Sep 28, 1934 United States Ventura A.C., Ventura
39 Win 29–5–5 Philippines Max Tarley KO 3 (10) Sep 13, 1934 United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento
38 Win 28–5–5 United States Joe Sanchez TKO 4 (8) Sep 07, 1934 United States Ventura A.C., Ventura
37 Win 27–5–5 Mexico Perfecto Lopez TKO 5 (6) Aug 28, 1934 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
36 Win 26–5–5 Mexico Perfecto Lopez PTS 6 Jul 17, 1934 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
35 Win 25–5–5 Panama Davey Abad PTS 10 Jun 14, 1934 United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento
34 Win 24–5–5 Mexico Vicente Torres PTS 4 Jun 05, 1934 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
33 Win 23–5–5 United States Johnny DeFoe TKO 6 (6) May 22, 1934 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
32 Draw 22–5–5 Philippines Young Danny PTS 10 May 04, 1934 United States Civic Auditorium, Watsonville
31 Win 22–5–4 Philippines Young Danny KO 1 (4) Mar 27, 1934 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
30 Win 21–5–4 Mexico Perfecto Lopez PTS 8 Mar 06, 1934 United States Bakersfield Arena, Bakersfield
29 Win 20–5–4 United States Benny Pelz PTS 6 Feb 13, 1934 United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento
28 Win 19–5–4 Cuba Baby Manuel PTS 10 Jan 26, 1934 United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento
27 Win 18–5–4 Philippines Gene Espinoza TKO 7 (10) Dec 14, 1933 United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento
26 Draw 17–5–4 Philippines Kid Moro PTS 10 Nov 23, 1933 United States Civic Auditorium, Stockton
25 Win 17–5–3 Philippines Kid Moro PTS 10 Nov 03, 1933 United States Pismo Beach Arena, Pismo Beach
24 Win 16–5–3 United States Johnny Granone TKO 6 (6) Oct 19, 1933 United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento
23 Draw 15–5–3 Mexico Perfecto Lopez PTS 4 Oct 11, 1933 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
22 Draw 15–5–2 Mexico Perfecto Lopez PTS 4 Sep 05, 1933 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
21 Draw 15–5–1 United States Hoyt Jones PTS 4 Aug 30, 1933 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
20 Win 15–5 United States Bobby Calmes KO 5 (6) Aug 08, 1933 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
19 Win 14–5 United States Benny Pelz PTS 4 Jul 29, 1933 United States Main Street Athletic Club, Los Angeles
18 Loss 13–5 Cuba Baby Manuel PTS 6 Jul 11, 1933 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
17 Win 13–4 United States George Haberski PTS 4 Jun 28, 1933 United States Wilmington Bowl, Wilmington
16 Win 12–4 United States Ricky Hall KO 3 (4) Jun 07, 1933 United States Pismo Beach Arena, Pismo Beach
15 Win 11–4 Philippines Max Tarley KO 3 (6) May 31, 1933 United States Pico Arena, Los Angeles
14 Win 10–4 United States Young Bud Taylor KO 2 (4) May 24, 1933 United States Pico Arena, Los Angeles
13 Win 9–4 Mexico Perfecto Lopez PTS 6 Apr 28, 1933 United States Ventura A.C., Ventura
12 Win 8–4 United States Paul Wangley KO 4 (4) Mar 21, 1933 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
11 Win 7–4 United States George Dundee PTS 6 Feb 17, 1933 United States Ventura A.C., Ventura
10 Win 6–4 United States Johnny Ryan PTS 6 Feb 03, 1933 United States Ventura A.C., Ventura
9 Win 5–4 Philippines Young Corpuz PTS 4 Dec 31, 1932 United States Pismo Beach Arena, Pismo Beach
8 Win 4–4 Philippines Gene Espinoza PTS 4 Dec 13, 1932 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
7 Win 3–4 Mexico Vince Trujillo KO 2 (?) Dec 01, 1932 United States Los Angeles
6 Win 2–4 Philippines Max Tarley PTS 4 Oct 01, 1932 United States Los Angeles
5 Loss 1–4 United States Al Greenfield PTS 4 Sep 27, 1932 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
4 Loss 1–3 Mexico Eddie Trujillo PTS 4 Aug 30, 1932 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles
3 Loss 1–2 United States Victor Kid Ponce PTS 4 Dec 07, 1931 United States Culver City Stadium, Culver City
2 Win 1–1 United States Sammy Burns PTS 6 Jul 31, 1931 United States Hickey Park, Millvale
1 Loss 0–1 United States Al Lovino KO 3 (4) Jul 27, 1931 United States Meyers Bowl, North Braddock

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  12. ^ Haygood, Wil (2011). Sweet thunder the life and times of Sugar Ray Robinson. Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books. p. 114. ISBN 978-1569768648.

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External images
Armstrong, seated, posing with a title belt (undated)
Armstrong boarding an airplane (undated)
Achievements
Vacant
Title last held by
Battling Battalino
World Featherweight Champion
October 29, 1937 – September 12, 1938
Vacated
Succeeded by
Joey Archibald
Preceded by
Barney Ross
World Welterweight Champion
May 31, 1938 – October 4, 1940
Succeeded by
Fritzie Zivic
Preceded by
Lou Ambers
World Lightweight Champion
August 17, 1938 – August 22, 1939
Succeeded by
Lou Ambers