1939-08-22 Lou Ambers w pts 15 Henry Armstrong, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD

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1939-08-22 Lou Ambers w pts 15 Henry Armstrong, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Arthur Donovan. Scorecards: 8-7, 8-7, 11-3. With Armstrong (135) penalised five rounds for low blows Ambers (134½) regained his title when given the unanimous decision, but one should not take away from him the fact that he had fought a smart and tricky battle that at times saw the champion miss with punch after punch. While Armstrong was predictably all action, Ambers also fought savagely, even looking on occasion as though he might knock his man out. The only certain thing to come out of the fight was that neither man could take on board many more battles like that, especially Armstrong who appeared to be not the fighting man he once was.

At the end of 1939 British promoters were making serious offers to Ambers to defend his title in London against the hard-punching Eric Boon, who had been knocking everything over put in front of him. Not yet 20, and rated number three in the world by The Ring magazine, Boon had won the British title from Dave Crowley, defended it against Arthur Danahar, and beaten Crowley again. Unfortunately for Boon he was unable to line up Ambers, and after nine months of inactivity due to the advent of the Second World War he was beaten by Ernie Roderick. Boon never scaled the same heights again.

Ambers forfeited NBA recognition on 25 March 1940 after he failed to sign for a defence against Davey Day, who had outscored Sammy Angott over 12 rounds of an NBA eliminator at The Stadium, Chicago, Illinois on 8 December. Day had been happy to meet Lew Jenkins at 135lbs, with the winner being Ambers’ next challenger, only for the NYSAC to claim that he was a welterweight who had not established himself in the lightweight division. A few days after Ambers had been stripped by the NBA, Day, weighing 134½lbs, outpointed Norment Quarles over ten rounds at The Stadium, Chicago on 29 March 1940, and in order to produce a new champion was promptly matched in a return fight against Angott.

Earlier, on 8 March 1940, in a NYSAC eliminating contest, Jenkins knocked out Tippy Larkin inside a round at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC to find Ambers’ next opponent.

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