Henry Armstrong

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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.wikipedia
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Lightweight

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Armstrong was one of the few fighters to win in three or more different divisions: featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight. Armstrong lost weight in order to compete in the lower weight division, and beat World Lightweight Champion Lou Ambers by split decision.
Notable lightweight boxers Katie Taylor, Alexis Argüello, Henry Armstrong, Ken Buchanan, Tony Canzoneri, Pedro Carrasco, Joel Casamayor, Al "Bummy" Davis, Oscar De La Hoya, Roberto Durán, Artur Grigorian, Joe Gans, Benny Leonard, Ray Mancini, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Juan Manuel Marquez, Sugar Shane Mosley, Miguel Ángel González, Carlos Ortiz, Edwin Valero, Pernell Whitaker, Manny Pacquiao, and Ike Williams.

Welterweight

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Armstrong was one of the few fighters to win in three or more different divisions: featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight.
Henry Armstrong holds the record for the most consecutive title defenses at this division, with 19 defenses of the lineal title.

The Ring magazine Fighter of the Year

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The Ring magazine named him Fighter of the Year in 1937.

Sugar Ray Robinson Award

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The Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) named him Fighter of the Year in 1940.

Boxing

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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.
Notable boxer-punchers include Muhammad Ali, Canelo Álvarez, Wladimir Klitschko, Vasyl Lomachenko, Lennox Lewis, Joe Louis, Wilfredo Gómez, Oscar De La Hoya, Archie Moore, Miguel Cotto, Nonito Donaire, Sam Langford, Henry Armstrong, Sugar Ray Robinson, Tony Zale, Carlos Monzón, Alexis Argüello, Erik Morales, Terry Norris, Marco Antonio Barrera, Naseem Hamed, Thomas Hearns, and Gennady Golovkin.

Columbus, Mississippi

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He was born Henry Jackson, Jr. on December 12, 1912, in Columbus, Mississippi.
Columbus is also the birthplace of baseball announcer Red Barber; boxing's first three-time world heavyweight champion, Henry Armstrong; rock singer Andrew Wood; the parents of Grammy-award-winning bluegrass musician Alison Krauss; American Idol contestant Jasmine Murray; and bluegrass musician Ruby Jane Smith.

Featherweight

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Armstrong was one of the few fighters to win in three or more different divisions: featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight. 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.

Juan Zurita

A few notable opponents of that year include Ritchie Fontaine, Arizmendi, former world champion Juan Zurita, and Mike Belloise.
On August 18, 1936, Zurita lost to exceptional Black boxer Henry Armstrong in a fourth round knockout at Olympic Stadium in Los Angeles.

Madison Square Garden (1925)

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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.
On January 17, 1941, 23,190 people witnessed Fritzie Zivic's successful welterweight title defense against Henry Armstrong, still the largest crowd for any of the Gardens.

Vashon High School

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He graduated as an honor student from Vashon High School in St. Louis Later he took the surname Armstrong as his fighting name.

Petey Sarron

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.
He lost his World Featherweight Championship to the gifted Henry Armstrong in a sixth round knockout at Madison Square Garden.

Barney Ross

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Later in 1938, Armstrong, still the Featherweight division world champion, challenged Barney Ross for the title.
In his last fight, Ross defended his title on May 31, 1938, against fellow three-division world champion Henry Armstrong, who beat him by a decision in 15.

Lou Ambers

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Armstrong lost weight in order to compete in the lower weight division, and beat World Lightweight Champion Lou Ambers by split decision.
On August 17, 1938 Ambers met Henry Armstrong in an historic fight for the world lightweight title.

Benny Bass

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.
Before a crowd of 20,000, near the end of his career on July 27, 1937, Bass lost to the incomparable black boxer Henry Armstrong in a knockout from a looping right had punch, 2:35 into the fourth round at the Baker Bowl in Philadelphia.

Chalky Wright

In 1938, Armstrong started his season with seven more knockouts in a row, including one over Chalky Wright, a future world champion.
Wright began fighting on the East Coast of the United States in 1938, losing a knockout to Henry Armstrong.

Sugar Ray Robinson

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Robinson idolized Henry Armstrong and Joe Louis as a youth, and actually lived on the same block as Louis in Detroit when Robinson was 11 and Louis was 17.

Willie Joyce

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He fought Henry Armstrong four times in 1943 and 1944.

Fritzie Zivic

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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.
In the most significant win of his career, Zivic upset Henry "Hammering Hank" Armstrong on October 4, 1940 in a fifteen-round decision before 12,081 at Madison Square Garden, taking the world welterweight title despite being a 4-1 underdog.

Ceferino Garcia

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

Tippy Larkin

On March 9, 1943, he lost to former triple World Champion Henry Armstrong in a second-round knockout before a crowd of 8,000 in Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

Sammy Angott

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These included Sugar Ray Robinson, Bob Montgomery, Beau Jack, Fritzie Zivic, Henry Armstrong, Redtop Davis, Sonny Boy West, and Ike Williams.

Bobby Pacho

Armstrong dedicated the next two years to defending the welterweight crown, beating, among others, Ceferino Garcia, a future World Middleweight Champion, and Bobby Pacho.
He fought many well known fighters during his career, including legends Barney Ross, and Henry Armstrong.

List of boxing triple champions

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Henry Armstrong was the first man to hold three titles in three divisions simultaneously.