Henry Armstrong in 1937
|Real name||Henry Melody Jackson Jr.|
|Height||5 ft 5 1⁄2 in (166 cm)|
|Reach||67 in (170 cm)|
|Born||December 12, 1912|
|Died||October 24, 1988 (aged 75)|
Los Angeles, California
|Wins by KO||101|
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.
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. 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.
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. (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 Later he took the surname Armstrong as his fighting name.
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.
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. Early in his career, he fought some fights under the ring name Melody Jackson.
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. 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.
Armstrong's two nicknames were Hurricane Henry and Homicide' Hank.
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.
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.
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. According to boxing historian Bert Sugar, many commentators of the time said that Armstrong deserved the decision in this fight.
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.
In 1945, Armstrong retired from boxing. His official record was 152 wins, 21 losses and 9 draws, with 101 knockout wins.
After retiring from boxing in 1946, Armstrong briefly opened a Harlem nightclub, the Melody Room (named after his first nickname). 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.
Death, legacy and honors
- 1937, The Ring magazine named him as Fighter of the Year.
- 1940, the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) named him as Fighter of the Year.
- In 1954, Armstrong was inducted into The Ring magazine Boxing Hall of Fame the year it was established.
- In 1987, he was among those inductees from The Ring ' list who were absorbed into the International Boxing Hall of Fame when it was established.
- In 1995, Armstrong was posthumously honored for his boxing career by being inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
- In 2007, The Ring magazine ranked Armstrong as the second-greatest fighter of the last 80 years.
- Boxing historian Bert Sugar also ranked Armstrong as the second-greatest fighter of all time.
- In 2007, ESPN ranked Armstrong as number 3 on their list of the 50 greatest boxers of all time.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|183 fights||152 wins||22 losses|
|183||Loss||152–22–9||Chester Slider||PTS||10||Feb 14, 1945||Auditorium, Oakland|
|182||Win||152–21–9||Genaro Rojo||UD||10||Feb 06, 1945||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|181||Draw||151–21–9||Chester Slider||PTS||10||Jan 17, 1945||Auditorium, Oakland|
|180||Win||151–21–8||Mike Belloise||KO||4 (10)||Nov 04, 1944||Auditorium, Portland|
|179||Win||150–21–8||Aldo Spoldi||KO||2 (10)||Sep 15, 1944||Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis|
|178||Win||149–21–8||Willie Joyce||PTS||10||Aug 21, 1944||Civic Auditorium, San Francisco|
|177||Draw||148–21–8||Slugger White||PTS||10||Jul 14, 1944||Legion Stadium, Hollywood|
|176||Loss||148–21–7||John Thomas||UD||10||Jul 04, 1944||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|175||Win||148–20–7||Nick Latsios||UD||10||Jun 21, 1944||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|174||Win||147–20–7||Al Davis||TKO||2 (10)||Jun 15, 1944||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|173||Loss||146–20–7||Willie Joyce||UD||10||Jun 02, 1944||Chicago Stadium, Chicago|
|172||Win||146–19–7||Aaron Perry||TKO||6 (10)||May 22, 1944||Griffith Stadium, Washington|
|171||Win||145–19–7||Ralph Zannelli||UD||10||May 16, 1944||Boston Garden, Boston|
|170||Win||144–19–7||John Thomas||SD||10||Apr 25, 1944||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|169||Win||143–19–7||Ralph Zannelli||UD||10||Mar 24, 1944||Boston Garden, Boston|
|168||Win||142–19–7||Frankie Willis||UD||10||Mar 20, 1944||Uline Arena, Washington|
|167||Win||141–19–7||Johnny Jones||KO||5 (10)||Mar 14, 1944||Dorsey Park, Miami|
|166||Win||140–19–7||Jackie Byrd||KO||4 (10)||Feb 29, 1944||Coliseum, Des Moines|
|165||Win||139–19–7||Jimmy Garrison||TKO||5 (10)||Feb 23, 1944||Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City|
|164||Win||138–19–7||Lew Hanbury||KO||3 (10)||Feb 07, 1944||Uline Arena, Washington|
|163||Win||137–19–7||Saverio Turiello||KO||7 (12)||Jan 25, 1944||Auditorium, Portland|
|162||Win||136–19–7||Aldo Spoldi||KO||3 (10)||Jan 14, 1944||Auditorium, Portland|
|161||Loss||135–19–7||Sugar Ray Robinson||UD||10||Aug 27, 1943||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|160||Win||135–18–7||Joey Silva||PTS||10||Aug 14, 1943||Gonzaga Stadium, Spokane|
|159||Win||134–18–7||Jimmy Garrison||PTS||10||Aug 06, 1943||Auditorium, Portland|
|158||Win||133–18–7||Willie Joyce||UD||10||Jul 24, 1943||Gilmore Stadium, Los Angeles|
|157||Win||132–18–7||Sammy Angott||UD||10||Jun 11, 1943||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|156||Win||131–18–7||Maxie Shapiro||TKO||7 (10)||May 24, 1943||Convention Hall, Philadelphia|
|155||Win||130–18–7||Tommy Jessup||KO||1 (10)||May 07, 1943||Boston Garden, Boston|
|154||Win||129–18–7||Saverio Turiello||TKO||5 (10)||May 03, 1943||Uline Arena, Washington|
|153||Loss||128–18–7||Beau Jack||UD||10||Apr 02, 1943||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|152||Win||128–17–7||Al Tribuani||UD||10||Mar 22, 1943||Convention Hall, Philadelphia|
|151||Win||127–17–7||Tippy Larkin||KO||2 (10)||Mar 08, 1943||Civic Auditorium, San Francisco|
|150||Loss||126–17–7||Willie Joyce||UD||10||Mar 02, 1943||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|149||Win||126–16–7||Jimmy McDaniels||UD||10||Jan 05, 1942||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|148||Win||125–16–7||Saverio Turiello||TKO||4 (10)||Dec 14, 1942||Civic Auditorium, San Francisco|
|147||Win||124–16–7||Lew Jenkins||TKO||8 (10)||Dec 04, 1942||Auditorium, Portland|
|146||Win||123–16–7||Fritzie Zivic||UD||10||Oct 26, 1942||Civic Auditorium, San Francisco|
|145||Win||122–16–7||Juan Zurita||KO||2 (10)||Oct 13, 1942||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|144||Win||121–16–7||Earl Turner||KO||4 (10)||Sep 30, 1942||Auditorium, Oakland|
|143||Win||120–16–7||Leo Rodak||TKO||8 (10)||Sep 14, 1942||Civic Auditorium, San Francisco|
|142||Win||119–16–7||Johnny Taylor||TKO||3 (10)||Sep 07, 1942||Arena, Pittman|
|141||Win||118–16–7||Rodolfo Ramirez||KO||8 (10)||Aug 26, 1942||Auditorium, Oakland|
|140||Win||117–16–7||Jackie Burke||PTS||10||Aug 13, 1942||John Affleck Park, Ogden|
|139||Win||116–16–7||Aldo Spoldi||TKO||7 (10)||Aug 03, 1942||Civic Auditorium, San Francisco|
|138||Win||115–16–7||Joe Ybarra||TKO||3 (10)||Jul 20, 1942||Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento|
|137||Loss||114–16–7||Rueben Shank||UD||10||Jul 03, 1942||Municipal Auditorium, Denver|
|136||Win||114–15–7||Sheik Rangel||PTS||10||Jun 24, 1942||Auditorium, Oakland|
|135||Win||113–15–7||Johnny Taylor||TKO||4 (10)||Jun 01, 1942||Civic Auditorium, San Jose|
|134||Loss||112–15–7||Fritzie Zivic||TKO||12 (15)||Jan 17, 1941||Madison Square Garden, New York||For The Ring and lineal welterweight titles|
|133||Loss||112–14–7||Fritzie Zivic||UD||15||Oct 04, 1940||Madison Square Garden, New York||Lost The Ring and lineal welterweight titles|
|132||Win||112–13–7||Phil Furr||KO||4 (15)||Sep 23, 1940||Griffith Stadium, Washington||Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles|
|131||Win||111–13–7||Lew Jenkins||TKO||6 (12)||Jul 17, 1940||Polo Grounds, New York|
|130||Win||110–13–7||Paul Junior||TKO||3 (15)||Jun 21, 1940||Exposition Building, Portland||Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles|
|129||Win||109–13–7||Ralph Zannelli||TKO||5 (15)||May 24, 1940||Boston Garden, Boston||Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles|
|128||Win||108–13–7||Paul Junior||TKO||7 (15)||Apr 26, 1940||Boston Garden, Boston||Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles|
|127||Draw||107–13–7||Ceferino Garcia||PTS||10||Mar 01, 1940||Gilmore Stadium, Los Angeles|
|126||Win||107–13–6||Pedro Montanez||TKO||9 (15)||Jan 24, 1940||Madison Square Garden, New York||Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles|
|125||Win||106–13–6||Joe Ghnouly||KO||5 (15)||Jan 04, 1940||Municipal Audiotrium, Saint Louis||Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles|
|124||Win||105–13–6||Jimmy Garrison||KO||7 (10)||Dec 11, 1939||Arena, Cleveland||Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles|
|123||Win||104–13–6||Bobby Pacho||TKO||4 (15)||Oct 30, 1939||Municipal Auditorium, Denver||Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles|
|122||Win||103–13–6||Jimmy Garrison||PTS||10||Oct 24, 1939||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles||Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles|
|121||Win||102–13–6||Richie Fontaine||TKO||3 (15)||Oct 20, 1939||Civic Auditorium, Seattle||Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles|
|120||Win||101–13–6||Howard Scott||KO||2 (10)||Oct 13, 1939||Armory, Minneapolis||Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles|
|119||Win||100–13–6||Al Manfredo||TKO||4 (10)||Oct 09, 1939||Riverview Park, Des Moines||Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles|
|118||Loss||99–13–6||Lou Ambers||UD||15||Aug 22, 1939||Yankee Stadium, Bronx||Lost The Ring and lineal lightweight titles|
|117||Win||99–12–6||Ernie Roderick||PTS||15||May 25, 1939||Harringay Arena, Harringay||Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles|
|116||Win||98–12–6||Davey Day||TKO||12 (15)||Mar 31, 1939||Madison Square Garden, New York||Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles|
|115||Win||97–12–6||Lew Feldman||KO||1 (15)||Mar 16, 1939||Municipal Audtiorium, Saint Louis||Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles;|
Retained The Ring lineal lightweight titles
|114||Win||96–12–6||Bobby Pacho||TKO||4 (15)||Mar 04, 1939||Tropical Stadium, Havana||Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles|
|113||Win||95–12–6||Baby Arizmendi||PTS||10||Jan 10, 1939||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles||Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles|
|112||Win||94–12–6||Al Manfredo||TKO||3 (15)||Dec 05, 1938||Arena, Cleveland||Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles|
|111||Win||93–12–6||Ceferino Garcia||UD||15||Nov 25, 1938||Madison Square Garden, New York||Retained The Ring and lineal welterweight titles|
|110||Win||92–12–6||Lou Ambers||SD||15||Aug 17, 1938||Madison Square Garden, New York||Won The Ring and lineal lightweight title|
|109||Win||91–12–6||Barney Ross||UD||15||May 31, 1938||Madison Square Garden Bowl, Long Island City, Queens||Won The Ring and lineal welterweight titles|
|108||Win||90–12–6||Lew Feldman||KO||5 (10)||Mar 30, 1938||Hippodrime, New York|
|107||Win||89–12–6||Eddie Zivic||TKO||4 (10)||Mar 25, 1938||Olympia Stadium, Detroit|
|106||Win||88–12–6||Baby Arizmendi||PTS||10||Mar 15, 1938||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|105||Win||87–12–6||Charley Burns||KO||2 (10)||Feb 28, 1938||Armory, Minneagpolis|
|104||Win||86–12–6||Everett Rightmire||TKO||3 (10)||Feb 25, 1938||International Amphitheatre, Chicago|
|103||Win||85–12–6||Al Citrino||TKO||4 (10)||Feb 09, 1938||Civic Auditorium, San Francisco|
|102||Win||84–12–6||Chalky Wright||KO||3 (10)||Feb 01, 1938||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|101||Win||83–12–6||Tommy Brown||KO||2 (10)||Jan 22, 1938||Labor Temple, Tucson|
|100||Win||82–12–6||Frankie Castillo||TKO||3 (10)||Jan 21, 1938||Legion Arena, Phoenix|
|99||Win||81–12–6||Enrico Venturi||KO||6 (10)||Jan 12, 1938||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|98||Win||80–12–6||Johnny Jones||KO||2 (10)||Dec 12, 1937||Coliseum Arena, New Orleans|
|97||Win||79–12–6||Tony Chavez||TKO||1 (10)||Dec 06, 1937||Arena, Cleveland|
|96||Win||78–12–6||Joey Brown||KO||2 (10)||Nov 23, 1937||Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo|
|95||Win||77–12–6||Billy Beauhuld||KO||5 (10)||Nov 19, 1937||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|94||Win||76–12–6||Petey Sarron||KO||6 (15)||Oct 29, 1937||Madison Square Garden, New York||Won The Ring and vacant lineal featherweight titles|
|93||Win||75–12–6||Joe Marciente||KO||3 (10)||Oct 18, 1937||Arena, Philadelphia|
|92||Win||74–12–6||Bobby Dean||KO||1 (10)||Sep 21, 1937||Rayen-Wood Auditorium, Youngstown|
|91||Win||73–12–6||Johnny DeFoe||TKO||4 (10)||Sep 16, 1937||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|90||Win||72–12–6||Charley Burns||KO||4 (10)||Sep 09, 1937||Hickey Park, Millvale|
|89||Win||71–12–6||Orville Drouillard||TKO||5 (10)||Aug 31, 1937||University of Detroit Stadium, Detroit|
|88||Win||70–12–6||Johnny Cabello||RTD||1 (10)||Aug 16, 1937||Griffith Stadium, Washington|
|87||Win||69–12–6||Eddie Brink||KO||3 (10)||Aug 13, 1937||Dyckman Oval, Manhattan|
|86||Win||68–12–6||Benny Bass||KO||4 (10)||Jul 27, 1937||Baker Bowl, Philadelphia|
|85||Win||67–12–6||Lew Massey||TKO||4 (10)||Jul 19, 1937||Dexter Park Arena, Woodhaven, Queens|
|84||Win||66–12–6||Alf Blatch||TKO||3 (10)||Jul 08, 1937||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|83||Win||65–12–6||Jackie Carter||TKO||3 (10)||Jun 15, 1937||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|82||Win||64–12–6||Mark Diaz||KO||4 (10)||Jun 09, 1937||Pasadena Arean, Pasadena|
|81||Win||63–12–6||Wally Hally||TKO||4 (10)||May 28, 1937||Wrigley Field, Los Angeles|
|80||Win||62–12–6||Frankie Klick||TKO||4 (10)||May 04, 1937||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|79||Win||61–12–6||Pete DeGrasse||KO||10 (10)||Apr 06, 1937||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|78||Win||60–12–6||Aldo Spoldi||UD||10||Mar 19, 1937||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|77||Win||59–12–6||Mike Belloise||TKO||4 (10)||Mar 12, 1937||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|76||Win||58–12–6||California Joe Rivers||TKO||4 (10)||Mar 02, 1937||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|75||Win||57–12–6||Varias Milling||KO||4 (10)||Feb 19, 1937||Coliseum, San Diego|
|74||Win||56–12–6||Moon Mullins||TKO||2 (10)||Feb 02, 1937||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|73||Win||55–12–6||Tony Chavez||KO||10 (10)||Jan 19, 1937||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|72||Win||54–12–6||Rodolfo Casanova||KO||3 (10)||Jan 01, 1937||El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City|
|71||Loss||53–12–6||Tony Chavez||DQ||8 (10)||Dec 03, 1936||Municipal Auditorium, Saint Louis|
|70||Win||53–11–6||Joey Alcanter||RTD||5 (10)||Nov 17, 1936||Municipal Auditorium, Saint Louis|
|69||Win||52–11–6||Gene Espinoza||KO||1 (10)||Nov 02, 1936||Eastside Arena, Los Angeles|
|68||Win||51–11–6||Mike Belloise||PTS||10||Oct 27, 1936||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|67||Win||50–11–6||Dommy Ganzon||KO||1 (10)||Sep 08, 1936||Civic Auditorium, Stockton|
|66||Win||49–11–6||Elmer Brown||PTS||10||Sep 03, 1936||Multnomah Stadium, Portland|
|65||Win||48–11–6||Juan Zurita||KO||4 (10)||Aug 18, 1936||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|64||Win||47–11–6||Baby Arizmendi||PTS||10||Aug 04, 1936||Wrigley Field, Los Angeles|
|63||Win||46–11–6||Johnny DeFoe||PTS||10||Jun 22, 1936||Fox Theatre, Butte|
|62||Win||45–11–6||Bobby Leyvas||TKO||4 (10)||May 19, 1936||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|61||Win||44–11–6||Richie Fontaine||PTS||10||Mar 31, 1936||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|60||Loss||43–11–6||Richie Fontaine||PTS||10||Feb 26, 1936||Auditorium, Oakland|
|59||Loss||43–10–6||Joe Conde||PTS||10||Jan 01, 1936||El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City|
|58||Win||43–9–6||Alton Black||TKO||8 (15)||Dec 06, 1935||Chestnut St. Arena, Reno|
|57||Win||42–9–6||Midget Wolgast||PTS||10||Nov 27, 1935||Auditorium, Oakland|
|56||Win||41–9–6||Leo Lomelli||TKO||6 (8)||Nov 12, 1935||Auditorium, Oakland|
|55||Win||40–9–6||Lester Marston||TKO||7 (10)||Oct 21, 1935||Auditorium, Oakland|
|54||Draw||39–9–6||Perfecto Lopez||PTS||8||Sep 13, 1935||Civic Auditorium, San Francisco|
|53||Win||39–9–5||Alton Black||TKO||8 (10)||Sep 13, 1935||Chestnut St. Arena, Reno|
|52||Win||38–9–5||Varias Milling||PTS||10||Jun 25, 1935||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|51||Win||37–9–5||Davey Abad||PTS||10||May 28, 1935||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|50||Win||36–9–5||Mark Diaz||PTS||8||May 10, 1935||Ventura A.C., Ventura|
|49||Win||35–9–5||Frankie Covelli||PTS||8||Apr 16, 1935||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|48||Win||34–9–5||Tully Corvo||TKO||5 (10)||Apr 06, 1935||L Street Arena, Sacramento|
|47||Loss||33–9–5||Davey Abad||PTS||10||Mar 31, 1935||El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City|
|46||Win||33–8–5||Sal Hernandez||TKO||2 (10)||Mar 19, 1935||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|45||Loss||32–8–5||Rodolfo Casanova||DQ||5 (10)||Feb 16, 1935||Arena Nacional, Mexico City|
|44||Loss||32–7–5||Baby Arizmendi||UD||12||Jan 01, 1935||El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City|
|43||Win||32–6–5||Ventura Arana||TKO||5 (10)||Dec 15, 1934||El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City|
|42||Win||31–6–5||Joe Conde||TKO||7 (10)||Dec 01, 1934||Arena Nacional, Mexico City|
|41||Loss||30–6–5||Baby Arizmendi||PTS||10||Nov 04, 1934||Arena Nacional, Mexico City|
|40||Win||30–5–5||Perfecto Lopez||PTS||8||Sep 28, 1934||Ventura A.C., Ventura|
|39||Win||29–5–5||Max Tarley||KO||3 (10)||Sep 13, 1934||Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento|
|38||Win||28–5–5||Joe Sanchez||TKO||4 (8)||Sep 07, 1934||Ventura A.C., Ventura|
|37||Win||27–5–5||Perfecto Lopez||TKO||5 (6)||Aug 28, 1934||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|36||Win||26–5–5||Perfecto Lopez||PTS||6||Jul 17, 1934||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|35||Win||25–5–5||Davey Abad||PTS||10||Jun 14, 1934||Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento|
|34||Win||24–5–5||Vicente Torres||PTS||4||Jun 05, 1934||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|33||Win||23–5–5||Johnny DeFoe||TKO||6 (6)||May 22, 1934||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|32||Draw||22–5–5||Young Danny||PTS||10||May 04, 1934||Civic Auditorium, Watsonville|
|31||Win||22–5–4||Young Danny||KO||1 (4)||Mar 27, 1934||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|30||Win||21–5–4||Perfecto Lopez||PTS||8||Mar 06, 1934||Bakersfield Arena, Bakersfield|
|29||Win||20–5–4||Benny Pelz||PTS||6||Feb 13, 1934||Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento|
|28||Win||19–5–4||Baby Manuel||PTS||10||Jan 26, 1934||Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento|
|27||Win||18–5–4||Gene Espinoza||TKO||7 (10)||Dec 14, 1933||Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento|
|26||Draw||17–5–4||Kid Moro||PTS||10||Nov 23, 1933||Civic Auditorium, Stockton|
|25||Win||17–5–3||Kid Moro||PTS||10||Nov 03, 1933||Pismo Beach Arena, Pismo Beach|
|24||Win||16–5–3||Johnny Granone||TKO||6 (6)||Oct 19, 1933||Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento|
|23||Draw||15–5–3||Perfecto Lopez||PTS||4||Oct 11, 1933||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|22||Draw||15–5–2||Perfecto Lopez||PTS||4||Sep 05, 1933||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|21||Draw||15–5–1||Hoyt Jones||PTS||4||Aug 30, 1933||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|20||Win||15–5||Bobby Calmes||KO||5 (6)||Aug 08, 1933||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|19||Win||14–5||Benny Pelz||PTS||4||Jul 29, 1933||Main Street Athletic Club, Los Angeles|
|18||Loss||13–5||Baby Manuel||PTS||6||Jul 11, 1933||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|17||Win||13–4||George Haberski||PTS||4||Jun 28, 1933||Wilmington Bowl, Wilmington|
|16||Win||12–4||Ricky Hall||KO||3 (4)||Jun 07, 1933||Pismo Beach Arena, Pismo Beach|
|15||Win||11–4||Max Tarley||KO||3 (6)||May 31, 1933||Pico Arena, Los Angeles|
|14||Win||10–4||Young Bud Taylor||KO||2 (4)||May 24, 1933||Pico Arena, Los Angeles|
|13||Win||9–4||Perfecto Lopez||PTS||6||Apr 28, 1933||Ventura A.C., Ventura|
|12||Win||8–4||Paul Wangley||KO||4 (4)||Mar 21, 1933||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|11||Win||7–4||George Dundee||PTS||6||Feb 17, 1933||Ventura A.C., Ventura|
|10||Win||6–4||Johnny Ryan||PTS||6||Feb 03, 1933||Ventura A.C., Ventura|
|9||Win||5–4||Young Corpuz||PTS||4||Dec 31, 1932||Pismo Beach Arena, Pismo Beach|
|8||Win||4–4||Gene Espinoza||PTS||4||Dec 13, 1932||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|7||Win||3–4||Vince Trujillo||KO||2 (?)||Dec 01, 1932||Los Angeles|
|6||Win||2–4||Max Tarley||PTS||4||Oct 01, 1932||Los Angeles|
|5||Loss||1–4||Al Greenfield||PTS||4||Sep 27, 1932||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|4||Loss||1–3||Eddie Trujillo||PTS||4||Aug 30, 1932||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|3||Loss||1–2||Victor Kid Ponce||PTS||4||Dec 07, 1931||Culver City Stadium, Culver City|
|2||Win||1–1||Sammy Burns||PTS||6||Jul 31, 1931||Hickey Park, Millvale|
|1||Loss||0–1||Al Lovino||KO||3 (4)||Jul 27, 1931||Meyers Bowl, North Braddock|
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Henry Armstrong.|
|Armstrong, seated, posing with a title belt (undated)|
|Armstrong boarding an airplane (undated)|
- Professional boxing record for Henry Armstrong from BoxRec
- The Official Henry Armstrong Web Site
- Henry Armstrong Foundation Web Site
- Biographical sketch for Henry Armstrong on the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) web site
- Henry Armstrong at Find a Grave
Title last held byBattling Battalino
| World Featherweight Champion
October 29, 1937 – September 12, 1938
| World Welterweight Champion
May 31, 1938 – October 4, 1940
| World Lightweight Champion
August 17, 1938 – August 22, 1939