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Lou Ambers
Global ID9029
sexmale
birthdate 1913-11-08
death date 1995-04-25 (81)
divisionlightweight
stanceorthodox
height5′ 4½″   /   164cm
reach70″   /   178cm
aliasHerkimer Hurricane
country USA
residenceHerkimer, New York, USA
birth nameLuigi Guiseppe D'Ambrosio
won 91 (KO 28) + lost 8 (KO 2) + drawn 7 = 106
rounds boxed 854 KO% 26.42
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1941-02-28Lew Jenkins47-16-5
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALTKO710
time: 2:26 | referee: Arthur Donovan
Ambers was knocked down twice in the 7th
1941-02-14Norment Quarles70-38-5
Foot Guard Hall, Hartford, Connecticut, USAWPTS1010
1940-05-10Lew Jenkins44-15-4
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALTKO315
time: 1:29 | referee: Billy Cavanaugh
World Lightweight Title
1940-04-25Norment Quarles68-30-4
Municipal Auditorium, Charleston, West Virginia, USAWUD1010
referee: Benny Leonard | judge: Gregory Krebs | judge: Johnny Norris
Main event of the first professional show in Charleston since 1936
1940-04-17Wally Hally29-28-4
City Auditorium, Denver, Colorado, USAWPTS1010
1940-02-23Al Bummy Davis35-0-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Billy Cavanaugh 8-1 | judge: Bill Healy 8-2 | judge: George LeCron 7-2
1940-01-29Wally Hally29-27-4
Marieville Gardens, North Providence, Rhode Island, USAWUD1010
Ambers "hit Hally almost at will and had a wide margin in every round" (New York Times)
1939-11-16Jimmy Vaughn60-44-10
Foot Guard Hall, Hartford, Connecticut, USAWPTS1010
Reported in the Hartford Courant (Jack Kincaid). According to The Ring, February 1940, page 63, Ambers was an easy winner.
1939-08-22Henry Armstrong98-11-6
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USAWUD1515
referee: Arthur Donovan 8-7 | judge: Bill Healy 11-3 | judge: Frank Fullam 8-7
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

1939-05-26Paul Junior65-7-2
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWTKO810
time: 2:05 | referee: Johnny Martin
1939-05-08Jimmy Vaughn58-39-10
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
1939-04-25Honey Mellody39-11-4
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWTKO410
time: 1:20 | referee: Johnny Martin
1939-02-24Baby Arizmendi75-16-11
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO1112
1939-01-27Paul Junior61-6-2
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWUD1010
referee: Johnny Martin
1939-01-16Joey Silva7-5-4
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
1938-12-05Frankie Wallace30-36-7
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWTKO710
1938-11-28Tommy Cross36-6-6
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
1938-10-28Steve Halaiko75-29-10
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USAWTKO310
time: 2:35 | referee: Jack Michaels
1938-08-17Henry Armstrong90-11-6
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALSD1515
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

1938-06-21Jimmy Vaughn56-33-8
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: Abe Roth
1938-06-07Baby Arizmendi71-15-10
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USADPTS1010
referee: Jack Kennedy
1938-05-11Jimmy Garrison21-5-4
Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri, USAWPTS1010
1938-05-06Jimmy Vaughn56-31-8
Jefferson County Armory, Louisville, Kentucky, USAWPTS1010
From the Louisville Times (Laurence Fielding). This program was not held at Churchill Downs (shown here previously), which was (and is) a famous racetrack.
1938-02-21Lou Jallos21-38-4
City Auditorium, Richmond, Virginia, USAWKO410
1937-12-06Frankie Wallace29-28-7
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWUD1010
1937-11-16Charley Burns36-13-6
Municipal Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWMD1010
Reported in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. From The Ring, February 1938, page 56: "The Herkimer Hurricane met Charlie Burns, the Johnstown Express, in ten torrid heats..Ambers had the devil's own time of it and found himself the papa of a photo finish which was booed by the fans. Had Ambers been just another fighter instead of the champion, he'd have been lucky with a draw. Burns fought him to a standstill and made a big hit in so doing."
1937-09-23Pedro Montanez67-4-3
Polo Grounds, New York, New York, USAWMD1515
referee: Johnny Marto 6-6 | 11-3 | 10-2
World Lightweight Title
One of four title bouts on Promoter Mike Jacobs' "Carnival of Champions" fight card, including: Sixto Escobar-Harry Jeffra for the Bantamweight Title, Ceferino Garcia-Barney Ross for the Welterweight Title, and Fred Apostoli-Marcel Thil for the IBU Middleweight Title. Venue: Polo Grounds. "At every turn... the shifty, unorthodox Ambers was the master." The New York Times. The referee called it a draw (6-6-3 in rounds), and the two judges voted for Ambers (11-3-1 and 10-2-3).

1937-09-01Howard Scott52-21-10
Griffith Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia, USAWPTS1010
"Landing frequently with long right hands Scott all but held his own with the champion most of the way but Ambers clinched the decision with three knock-downs, all for counts of eight, in the 4th, 8th and tenth rounds" (Associated Press)
1937-08-16Howard Scott52-20-10
South Park Arena, Hartford, Connecticut, USAWPTS1010
(Often incorrectly reported as occurring Aug. 6.) From the Hartford Courant (Jack Kincaid).
1937-05-07Tony Canzoneri121-18-8
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1515
referee: Arthur Donovan 12-2 | judge: Charley Lynch 13-2 | judge: Eddie Forbes 15-0
World Lightweight Title
1937-04-19Phil Baker52-34-7
Arena, New Haven, Connecticut, USAWPTS1010
From the Hartford Times (Laurence Fielding).
1937-04-05Pedro Montanez60-4-3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALUD1010
referee: Arthur Donovan | judge: Charley Lynch | judge: Marty Monroe
The officials scored it 7-3, 7-3, and 6-4, all in favor of Montanez.
1937-03-23Roger Bernard69-33-9
Flint, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
1937-02-22Al Roth33-17-10
St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Billy Cavanaugh | judge: Abe Goldberg | judge: Joe Agnello
1937-02-10Davey Day41-4-4
Hippodrome, New York, New York, USAWSD1010
referee: Frank Fullam 4-5 | judge: Jack Britton 6-3 | judge: Billy 'Kid' McPartland 6-3
1937-01-08Enrico Venturi51-8-10
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USADPTS1010
referee: Artie McGovern 3-2 | judge: Charley Lynch | judge: Marty Monroe
1936-12-29Stumpy Jacobs56-39-20
Convention Hall, Rochester, New York, USAWTKO710
Jacobs sustained a badly cut lip. Ambers was winning handily when the bout was stopped.
1936-11-20Jimmy McLarnin54-11-3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALUD1010
McLarnin's final career bout.
1936-10-28Eddie Cool82-24-11
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALSD1010
referee: Matt Adgie | judge: Al Voice | judge: Eddie Loughran
Referee Matt Adgie had Ambers winning 5-4-1, but was out-voted by Judge Al Voice (4-3-3 for Cool), and Judge Eddie Loughran (also 4-3-3 for Cool).
1936-09-03Tony Canzoneri118-16-8
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1515
referee: Arthur Donovan 12-3 | 9-6 | 10-5
World Lightweight Title
1936-07-06Joey Greb41-34-10
Meadowbrook Field, Newark, New Jersey, USAWPTS1010
1936-05-05Jackie Sharkey38-30-11
Civic Auditorium, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USAWTKO610
1936-04-22Orville Drouillard38-21-9
Naval Armory, Detroit, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
1936-04-15Buster Brown66-41-12
Marieville Gardens, North Providence, Rhode Island, USAWKO110
1936-04-07Pete Mascia27-26-12
Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS66
Benefit for family of Tony Scarpati
1936-03-17Tony Scarpati23-16-7
Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USAWTKO810
Scarpati could not answer the bell for the eighth round. His head struck the floor hard when he was knocked down in the seventh round and he later died of cerebral hemorrhage.
1936-02-14Eddie Marks10-28-5
Convention Hall, Utica, New York, USAWTKO310
1936-02-07Baby Arizmendi64-10-6
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Arthur Donovan | judge: Marty Monroe | judge: George LeCron
NY Times. Ambers won every round.
1936-01-21Tony Herrera78-21-3
Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USAWTKO910
1936-01-03Frankie Klick82-15-12
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWPTS1010
referee: Arthur Donovan | judge: George LeCron | judge: Billy Joh
1935-12-20Lou Jallos18-26-4
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USAWTKO310
referee: Jack Michaels
1935-12-16Jimmy Vaughn40-19-4
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWPTS88
Ambers "won every one of eight rounds." (Helena Independent)
1935-11-25George Levy31-5-6
Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, USAWPTS1010
Ambers won easily according to the Newark Evening News (Herb Goldman).
1935-07-01Fritzie Zivic33-6-4
Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
Ambers suffered a broken jaw in the 9th round, and was in danger of being stopped.
1935-05-10Tony Canzoneri106-16-8
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALUD1515
referee: Arthur Donovan
Vacant World Lightweight Title
title vacated by Barney Ross.
Ambers was down for two two-counts in round 3. Also down in 15th. Canzoneri lost 10th on low blow.

1935-04-24Honeyboy Hughes13-7-4
Providence, Rhode Island, USAWTKO410
time: 3:00 | referee: Jack Fennell
1935-03-01Sammy Fuller50-14-3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1515
referee: Jack Dempsey
1935-01-11Harry Dublinsky78-29-12
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Arthur Donovan
1934-12-28Pancho Villa74-48-2
Casino, Fall River, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1010
1934-12-17Mickey Paul28-29-2
Convention Hall, Utica, New York, USAWKO18
time: 0:44 | referee: Louis Marks
1934-09-26Billy Hogan26-6-5
Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS1010
1934-08-29Tony Herrera71-13-3
Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS1010
1934-07-11Roger Bernard54-18-8
Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS1010
1934-06-28Phil Rafferty15-20-8
Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York, USAWTKO810
1934-06-18Jimmy Leto70-6-4
South Park Arena, Hartford, Connecticut, USADPTS1010
1934-05-25Steve Halaiko56-12-4
Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island, USADPTS1010
1934-05-18Jackie Davis54-15-12
Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island, USAWKO410
1934-05-07Steve Halaiko55-12-4
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USALMD66
1934-04-26Billy Lynch50-12-2
Providence, Rhode Island, USAWTKO910
Reported to be an even fight until Lynch sustained a serious eye cut and fight was stopped.
1934-04-16Eddie Dempsey4-2-2
State Armory, Mohawk, New York, USAWKO36
1934-03-19Johnny Jadick81-21-5
Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, USAWUD1010
1934-03-12Tommy Bashara43-19-22
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO210
1934-03-02Tommy Romano23-7-3
Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island, USAWPTS1010
1934-01-24Paris Apice41-18-2
Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island, USAWPTS1010
1934-01-08Patsy LaRocco17-16-4
Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, USAWTKO710
time: 3:00 | referee: Dave Goggin
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