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Henry Armstrong
Global ID9018
sexmale
birthdate 1909-12-12
death date 1988-10-23 (78)
divisionwelterweight
stanceorthodox
height5′ 5½″   /   166cm
reach67″   /   170cm
aliasHomicide Hank
country USA
residenceLos Angeles, California, USA
birth placeColumbus, Mississippi, USA
birth nameHenry Jackson
won 150 (KO 101) + lost 21 (KO 2) + drawn 10 = 181
rounds boxed 1156 KO% 55.8
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1945-02-14Chester Slider36-18-12
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USALPTS1010
referee: Billy Burke
Slider was knocked down in the 3rd round. Referee Billy Burke claimed he lost his original scoring card when asked about awarding the decision to Slider, and he made up a scorecard from memory that had Slider ahead. The crowd booed the decision and Armstrong's manager was upset. Source: Oakland Tribune
1945-02-06Genaro Rojo28-8-4
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWUD1010
referee: Johnny Indrisano 60-50 | judge: Billy Kershner 60-50 | judge: Herb Greene 60-50
1945-01-17Chester Slider36-18-11
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USADPTS1010
referee: Jimmy Evans
1944-11-04Mike Belloise89-22-12
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USAWKO410
time: 0:20 | referee: Kermit Stewart
1944-09-15Aldo Spoldi99-30-8
Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWTKO210
time: 2:43 | referee: Jimmy Parker
From the St. Louis Globe-Democrat (Jack Kincaid).
1944-08-21Willie Joyce52-10-7
Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: Frankie Brown 56½-53½
1944-07-14Slugger White44-13-3
Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USADPTS1010
referee: Abe Roth 61-49 | judge: Frankie Van 55½-54½ | judge: Benny Whitman 54-56
1944-07-04John Thomas38-4-0
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USALUD1010
referee: Reggie Gilmore 48½-61½ | judge: Charley Randolph 53-57 | judge: Benny Whitman 51-59
1944-06-21Nick Latsios15-2-0
Griffith Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia, USAWUD1010
"Latsios spent most of the time retreating before Henry." (Lethbridge Herald) "Nick fought a remarkable fight with his flicking left, back-stepping, hit and run method. Henry was disgusted with his inability to catch the elusive Latsios...In the final frame Armstrong almost scored a knockdown but the wily Nick regained his balance after landing against the ropes." (from The Ring, September 1944, page 58.)
1944-06-15Al Bummy Davis59-8-4
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO210
time: 0:59 | referee: Frank Fullam
Davis was down twice in the 1st and twice in the 2nd.
1944-06-02Willie Joyce51-9-7
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALUD1010
referee: Norman Garrity
It was an action-filled fight. Joyce won rounds one, two, four, six, eight and nine, and Armstrong took the other four. There were no knockdowns but plenty of leather was thrown.
1944-05-22Aaron Perry17-1-0
Griffith Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia, USAWTKO610
time: 2:56 | referee: Charley Reynolds
Perry was knocked down three times in the 5th, and twice in the 2nd. The bout was stopped after Perry rose from the fifth knockdown of the bout.
1944-05-16Ralph Zannelli59-17-4
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWUD1010
referee: Tommy Rawson 6-3 | judge: Joe Blumsack 5-3 | judge: Jimmy McCarron 5-2
1944-04-25John Thomas36-3-0
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWSD1010
referee: Abe Roth 53-57 | judge: Johnny Indrisano 58-52 | judge: Charley Randolph 69-51
Thomas was knocked down in rounds 2 and 4. (United Press)
1944-03-24Ralph Zannelli59-16-4
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWUD1010
referee: Johnny Martin
1944-03-20Frankie Wills47-18-4
Uline Arena, Washington, District of Columbia, USAWUD1010
For the first three rounds it looked as though Wills would win, but then he seemed to tire was mainly on the receiving end thereafter. Wills was staggered in the eighth round but held on and lasted the distance.
1944-03-14Johnny Jones13-36-4
Dorsey Park, Miami, Florida, USAWKO510
time: 1:10
1944-02-29Jackie Byrd22-13-3
Coliseum, Des Moines, Iowa, USAWKO410
time: 1:18
1944-02-23Jimmy Garrison62-22-11
Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri, USAWTKO510
time: 1:56 | referee: Walter Bates
Garrison was down twice in the 4th and five times in the 5th.
1944-02-07Lew Hanbury13-3-0
Uline Arena, Washington, District of Columbia, USAWKO310
time: 1:10 | referee: Eddie La Fond
Armstrong won the first round and Hanbury the second. Armstrong scored a dramatic knockout in round three, as Hanbury took the count on one knee and was ready to go as the count was completed, but the referee ruled that he didn't rise in time. Hanbury bested Armstrong in a vicious toe-to-toe slugfest in the second round, scoring mainly with uppercuts. (Source: The Ring.
1944-01-25Saverio Turiello90-60-37
Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri, USAWKO712
time: 1:34
Turiello went down a total of 4 times in the 7th round. Attendance: 10,000
1944-01-14Aldo Spoldi99-28-8
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USAWKO310
time: 1:39 | referee: Packy McFarland
1943-08-27Sugar Ray Robinson44-1-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALUD1010
1943-08-14Joey Silva20-50-8
Gonzaga Stadium, Spokane, Washington, USAWPTS1010
1943-08-06Jimmy Garrison60-20-11
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USAWPTS1010
referee: Tommy McCarty
Garrison was knocked down twice in the 7th round.
1943-07-24Willie Joyce47-6-7
Gilmore Stadium, Los Angeles, California, USAWUD1010
referee: Abe Roth 61-49 | judge: Benny Whitman 58-52 | judge: Charley Randolph 56-54
1943-06-11Sammy Angott70-17-5
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Eddie Joseph | judge: Bill Healy | judge: Jimmy Gearns
The official scorecards were 6-4, 5-4-1, and 6-3-1, all in favor of Armstrong.
1943-05-24Maxie Shapiro63-11-5
Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO710
1943-05-07Tommy Jessup22-3-0
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWKO110
time: 1:00 | referee: Johnny Martin
1943-05-03Saverio Turiello89-57-35
Uline Arena, Washington, District of Columbia, USAWTKO510
Turiello took the fight to Armstrong, which played right into Henry's strength. By the fifth round Armstrong had hammered him badly.
1943-04-02Beau Jack52-6-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALUD1010
referee: Billy Cavanaugh | judge: George LeCron | judge: Bill Healy
Scoring in rounds: 5-3-2, 8-2, 7-2-1
1943-03-22Al Tribuani23-3-3
Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
referee: Irving Kutcher | judge: Frank Knaresborough | judge: Al Voice
Ten rounds of non-stop slugging that left many of the spectators almost as limp as the combatants at the finish. Both fighters fought on after the bell in rounds 2, 3 and 4. There was not a clinch in the entire bout. Paid attendance 12,633. Unpopular decision. Contrary to AP & UP reports Armstrong emerged from the bout with a tender right fist, busted lip and nose which contributed to him being a 9-5 underdog in his upcoming bout with Beau Jack.
1943-03-08Tippy Larkin89-8-0
Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USAWKO210
referee: Joe Gorman
1943-03-02Willie Joyce46-6-7
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USALMD1010
referee: Johnny Indrisano 54½-57½ | judge: Billy Kershner 52-58 | judge: Jack McDonald 55-55
1943-01-05Jimmy McDaniels27-12-8
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWUD1010
referee: Mushy Callahan 59½-50½ | judge: Herb Greene 57½-52½ | judge: Benny Whitman 60-50
1942-12-14Saverio Turiello88-54-34
Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USAWTKO410
time: 1:20 | referee: Frankie Brown
1942-12-04Lew Jenkins51-26-5
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USAWTKO810
time: 1:55 | referee: Tom Louttit
Jenkins was knocked down twice in the 5th, twice in the 6th, three times in the 7th, and once in the 8th.
1942-10-26Fritzie Zivic125-31-6
Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USAWUD1010
referee: Billy Burke 58-41 | judge: Frankie Brown 62½-47½ | judge: Frankie Carter 60½-49½
1942-10-13Juan Zurita109-19-1
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWKO210
time: 2:20 | referee: Billy Kershner
1942-09-30Earl Turner16-5-4
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWKO410
referee: Billy Burke
Turner was knocked down twice in the 4th round.
1942-09-14Leo Rodak73-20-9
Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USAWTKO810
time: 3:00 | referee: Frankie Brown
The bout was stopped due to a cut over Rodak's left eye. Rodak floored in the second and third.
1942-09-07Johnny Taylor20-18-9
Arena, Pittman, Nevada, USAWTKO310
Armstrong scored knockdowns of seven and three before the referee stopped the bout by order of Commissioner M. C. Tinch. Las Vegas Evening News Journal (Pittman is a southeastern suburb of Las Vegas, which has since been annexed into Las Vegas.)
1942-08-26Rodolfo Ramirez45-8-5
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWKO810
time: 1:38 | referee: Johnny Lotsey 39-33
1942-08-13Jackie Burke114-32-23
John Affleck Park, Ogden, Utah, USAWPTS1010
referee: Max Baer
Burke was floored once in round 2, thrice in round 8 and once in round 9
1942-08-03Aldo Spoldi95-23-7
Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USAWTKO710
time: 2:20 | referee: Frankie Carter
1942-07-20Joe Ybarra23-28-16
Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, USAWTKO310
referee: Johnny Lotsey
1942-07-03Reuben Shank18-3-3
Municipal Auditorium, Denver, Colorado, USALUD1010
referee: Dan Darnell
Armstrong scores a knockdown in the sixth.
1942-06-24Sheik Rangel42-6-15
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: Billy Burke
1942-06-01Johnny Taylor20-16-9
Civic Auditorium, San Jose, California, USAWTKO410
referee: Clayton Frye
1941-01-17Fritzie Zivic103-24-5
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALTKO1215
time: 0:52 | referee: Arthur Donovan
World Welterweight Title
1940-10-04Fritzie Zivic100-24-4
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALUD1515
referee: Arthur Donovan 7-8 | judge: Marty Monroe 7-8 | judge: John Potter 5-8
World Welterweight Title
Armstrong was even on two cards going into the final round. However according to the newspaper report in the New York Times, he was battered in the 15th round and nearly stopped, and was pushed to the canvas right before the final bell.

1940-09-23Phil Furr41-33-8
Griffith Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia, USAWKO415
time: 1:45 | referee: Ray Bowen
World Welterweight Title
Armstrong "could hardly have had an easier evening. He opened cautiously in the first two rounds, dropped Furr in the third and twice in the fourth", the second time for the count.
The New York Times.

1940-07-17Lew Jenkins45-15-4
Polo Grounds, New York, New York, USAWTKO612
referee: Arthur Donovan
After appearing to win the first 3 rounds, Jenkins goes down 7 times
Fight stopped before the start of the 7th round, but under New York rules is listed as a TKO in 6
Welterweight title not at stake per agreement.

1940-06-21Paul Junior83-9-5
Exposition Building, Portland, Maine, USAWTKO315
time: 2:39 | referee: Johnny Martin
World Welterweight Title
Junior was down four times in the 3rd round.

1940-05-24Ralph Zannelli45-8-3
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWTKO515
time: 1:30 | referee: Johnny Martin
World Welterweight Title
Armstrong "punched with machine-like precision to drop Zannelli four times for nine counts" before the referee stopped the bout.
The New York Times.

1940-04-26Paul Junior83-8-4
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWTKO715
time: 1:05 | referee: Johnny Martin
World Welterweight Title
Junior was knocked down twice in the 1st, once in the 6th, and twice in the 7th. He was on the verge of going down again, when the bout was stopped.

1940-03-01Ceferino Garcia112-25-12
Gilmore Stadium, Los Angeles, California, USADPTS1010
referee: George Blake
Billed as a World Middleweight Title fight recognized only by California. This is George Blake's last assignment as a referee, according to his obituary in the Dec. 21, 1952 New York Times.
1940-01-24Pedro Montanez91-6-4
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO915
time: 0:47 | referee: Billy Cavanaugh
World Welterweight Title
1940-01-04Joe Ghnouly60-23-7
Municipal Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWKO515
time: 0:34
World Welterweight Title
Ghnouly down three times in the first round and again in the fourth. (The New York Times.) Also reported in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat (Jack Kincaid).

1939-12-11Jimmy Garrison30-11-4
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWKO710
time: 1:19 | referee: Benny Leonard
World Welterweight Title
1939-10-30Bobby Pacho82-55-16
Municipal Auditorium, Denver, Colorado, USAWTKO415
referee: Jack Bloom
World Welterweight Title
1939-10-24Jimmy Garrison29-10-4
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: George Blake
World Welterweight Title
1939-10-20Richie Fontaine36-20-10
Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, USAWTKO315
referee: Tommy Clark
World Welterweight Title
1939-10-13Howard Scott61-38-10
Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USAWKO210
time: 1:38
World Welterweight Title
Scott down once each in the first and second rounds.

1939-10-09Al Manfredo72-21-8
Riverview Park, Des Moines, Iowa, USAWTKO410
time: 1:35 | referee: Alex Fidler
World Welterweight Title
Advertised as a Non-Title bout, but should be considered a world title fight. The promoter and the two fighters prepared for a world title fight, but Harvey Miller, secretary of the NBA, said the NBA would not sanction it because Manfredo was not one of the top three contenders for the crown. This doesn't make sense because Armstrong fought many fighters over the three years that he had a title and many also were probably not ranked in the top three and he previously fought Manfredo in a title fight 10 months ago.

1939-08-22Lou Ambers84-6-7
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USALUD1515
referee: Arthur Donovan 7-8 | judge: Bill Healy 3-11 | judge: Frank Fullam 7-8
World Lightweight Title
This bout "was crowded with thrills from the first bell to the last" but, "applying the law more severely than ever before and certainly more painful than it ever has been applied in a championship bout," Referee Donovan penalized Armstrong five rounds (2nd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 11th) for low blows. "The title was not won on competition alone but on fighting rules and ethics. Four of these rounds Armstrong won on competition alone without a doubt.... On this observer's scoresheet Armstrong was the victim of an injustice." James P. Dawson, New York Times
Paid attendance: 29,088; Gross receipts: $137,925.77; Net receipts: $115,651.81; Ambers's purse: $23,398.85; Armstrong's purse: $40,947.99

1939-05-25Ernie Roderick78-12-3
Harringay Arena, Harringay, London, United KingdomWPTS1515x3
referee: Wilfred Smith
World Welterweight Title
1939-03-31Davey Day56-5-4
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO1215
time: 2:49 | referee: Billy Cavanaugh
World Welterweight Title
1939-03-16Lew Feldman103-45-16
Municipal Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWKO115
time: 2:12 | referee: Walter Heisner
World Welterweight Title
World Lightweight Title Reported in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat (Jack Kincaid).

1939-03-04Bobby Pacho75-48-15
Tropical Stadium, Havana, CubaWTKO415
time: 1:10 | referee: James J. Braddock
World Welterweight Title
1939-01-10Baby Arizmendi75-15-11
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: George Blake
World Welterweight Title
1938-12-05Al Manfredo65-18-8
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWTKO315
World Welterweight Title
1938-11-25Ceferino Garcia101-24-12
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1515
referee: Arthur Donovan 9-6 | judge: Billy 'Kid' McPartland 9-6 | judge: George LeCron 8-7
World Welterweight Title
1938-08-17Lou Ambers75-5-7
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWSD1515
referee: Billy Cavanaugh | judge: George LeCron | judge: Marty Monroe
World Lightweight Title
Scoring in rounds: 8-6-1, 7-6-2, 7-8 / Armstrong was penalised 4 rounds, which were awarded to Ambers

1938-05-31Barney Ross72-3-3
Madison Square Garden Bowl, Long Island City, Queens, New York, USAWUD1515
referee: Arthur Donovan 12-2 | judge: George LeCron 11-2 | judge: Billy Cavanaugh 10-4
World Welterweight Title
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