Henry Armstrong
Henry Armstrong in 1937
Statistics
Real nameHenry Melody Jackson Jr.
Nickname(s)Homicide Hank
Hurricane Hank
Hammerin' Hank
Weight(s)Featherweight
Lightweight
Welterweight
Middleweight
Height5 ft 5 12 in (166 cm)
Reach67 in (170 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1912-12-12)December 12, 1912
Columbus, Mississippi
DiedOctober 24, 1988(1988-10-24) (aged 75)
Los Angeles, California
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights181
Wins151
Wins by KO101
Losses21
Draws9

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.

Armstrong was one of the few fighters to win in three or more different divisions: featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight. He defended his welterweight title a total of nineteen times.

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. He is currently ranked by BoxRec as the 12th greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all time.[1] In 2007, The Ring ranked Armstrong as the second-greatest fighter of the last 80 years.[2] 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.[3]

Early life

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. 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[4] Later he took the surname Armstrong as his fighting name.

Early career

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.[5]

In 1936, Armstrong split his time among Los Angeles, Mexico City and St. Louis. A few notable opponents of that year include Ritchie Fontaine, Baby Arizmendi, former world champion Juan Zurita, and Mike Belloise.[5] Early in his career, he fought some fights under the ring name Melody Jackson.[6]

In 1937 Armstrong won his first 22 bouts. He beat Baby 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.[5] 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.[7]

Armstrong's two nicknames were Hurricane Henry and Homicide' Hank.[8]

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.[citation needed]

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.[7]

Welterweight defenses

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

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.[9] According to boxing historian Bert Sugar, many commentators of the time said that Armstrong deserved the decision in this fight.[10]

Armstrong (right) demonstrating some boxing techniques to a US Army member during an exhibition tour in 1943.
Armstrong (right) demonstrating some boxing techniques to a US Army member during an exhibition tour in 1943.

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.[citation needed]

In 1945, Armstrong retired from boxing. His official record was 152 wins, 21 losses and 9 draws, with 101 knockout wins.[5]

After boxing

After retiring from boxing in 1946, Armstrong briefly opened a Harlem nightclub, the Melody Room (named after his first nickname).[11] 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.[6] In February 1966, Rev. Armstrong appeared on the TV game show I've Got a Secret with his simultaneous triple championship as his secret.

Death, legacy and honors


Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
183 fights 152 wins 22 losses
By knockout 101 2
By decision 51 18
By disqualification 0 2
Draws 9
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
183 Loss 151–22–10 United States Chester Slider PTS 10 Feb 14, 1945 United States Auditorium, Oakland, California, USA
182 Win 151–21–10 United States Genaro Rojo UD 10 Feb 06, 1945 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
181 Draw 150–21–10 United States Chester Slider PTS 10 Jan 17, 1945 United States Auditorium, Oakland, California, USA
180 Win 150–21–9 United States Mike Belloise KO 4 (10) Nov 04, 1944 United States Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USA
179 Win 149–21–9 United States Aldo Spoldi KO 2 (10) Sep 15, 1944 United States Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
178 Win 148–21–9 United States Willie Joyce PTS 10 Aug 21, 1944 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA
177 Draw 147–21–9 United States Slugger White PTS 10 Jul 14, 1944 United States Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USA
176 Loss 147–21–8 United States John Thomas UD 10 Jul 04, 1944 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
175 Win 147–20–8 United States Nick Latsios UD 10 Jun 21, 1944 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
174 Win 146–20–8 United States Al Davis TKO 2 (10) Jun 15, 1944 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
173 Loss 145–20–8 United States Willie Joyce UD 10 Jun 02, 1944 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
172 Win 145–19–8 United States Aaron Perry TKO 6 (10) May 22, 1944 United States Griffith Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
171 Win 144–19–8 United States Ralph Zannelli UD 10 May 16, 1944 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
170 Win 143–19–8 United States John Thomas SD 10 Apr 25, 1944 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
169 Win 142–19–8 United States Ralph Zannelli UD 10 Mar 24, 1944 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
168 Win 141–19–8 United States Frankie Willis UD 10 Mar 20, 1944 United States Uline Arena, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
167 Win 140–19–8 United States Johnny Jones KO 5 (10) Mar 14, 1944 United States Dorsey Park, Miami, Florida, USA
166 Win 139–19–8 United States Jackie Byrd KO 4 (10) Feb 29, 1944 United States Coliseum, Des Moines, Iowa, USA
165 Win 138–19–8 United States Jimmy Garrison TKO 5 (10) Feb 23, 1944 United States Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
164 Win 137–19–8 United States Lew Hanbury KO 3 (10) Feb 07, 1944 United States Uline Arena, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
163 Win 136–19–8 Kingdom of Italy Saverio Turiello KO 7 (12) Jan 25, 1944 United States Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USA
162 Win 135–19–8 Kingdom of Italy Aldo Spoldi KO 3 (10) Jan 14, 1944 United States Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USA
161 Loss 134–19–8 United States Sugar Ray Robinson UD 10 Aug 27, 1943 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
160 Win 134–18–8 Mexico Joey Silva PTS 10 Aug 14, 1943 United States Gonzaga Stadium, Spokane, Washington, USA
159 Win 133–18–8 United States Jimmy Garrison PTS 10 Aug 06, 1943 United States Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USA
158 Win 132–18–8 United States Willie Joyce UD 10 Jul 24, 1943 United States Gilmore Stadium, Los Angeles, California, USA
157 Win 131–18–8 United States Sammy Angott UD 10 Jun 11, 1943 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
156 Win 130–18–8 United States Maxie Shapiro TKO 7 (10) May 24, 1943 United States Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
155 Win 129–18–8 United States Tommy Jessup KO 1 (10) May 07, 1943 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
154 Win 128–18–8 Kingdom of Italy Saverio Turiello TKO 5 (10) May 03, 1943 United States Uline Arena, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
153 Loss 127–18–8 United States Beau Jack UD 10 Apr 02, 1943 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
152 Win 127–17–8 United States Al Tribuani UD 10 Mar 22, 1943 United States Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
151 Win 126–17–8 United States Tippy Larkin KO 2 (10) Mar 08, 1943 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA
150 Loss 125–17–8 United States Willie Joyce UD 10 Mar 02, 1943 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
149 Win 125–16–8 United States Jimmy McDaniels UD 10 Jan 05, 1942 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
148 Win 124–16–8 Kingdom of Italy Saverio Turiello TKO 4 (10) Dec 14, 1942 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA
147 Win 123–16–8 United States Lew Jenkins TKO 8 (10) Dec 04, 1942 United States Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USA
146 Win 122–16–8 United States Fritzie Zivic UD 10 Oct 26, 1942 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA
145 Win 121–16–8 Mexico Juan Zurita KO 2 (10) Oct 13, 1942 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
144 Win 120–16–8 United States Earl Turner KO 4 (10) Sep 30, 1942 United States Auditorium, Oakland, California, USA
143 Win 119–16–8 United States Leo Rodak TKO 8 (10) Sep 14, 1942 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA
142 Win 118–16–8 United States Johnny Taylor TKO 3 (10) Sep 07, 1942 United States Arena, Pittman, Nevada, USA
141 Win 117–16–8 Mexico Rodolfo Ramirez KO 8 (10) Aug 26, 1942 United States Auditorium, Oakland, California, USA
140 Win 116–16–8 United States Jackie Burke PTS 10 Aug 13, 1942 United States John Affleck Park, Ogden, Utah, USA
139 Win 115–16–8 Kingdom of Italy Aldo Spoldi TKO 7 (10) Aug 03, 1942 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA
138 Win 114–16–8 United States Joe Ybarra TKO 3 (10) Jul 20, 1942 United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, USA
137 Loss 113–16–8 United States Rueben Shank UD 10 Jul 03, 1942 United States Municipal Auditorium, Denver, Colorado, USA
136 Win 113–15–8 United States Sheik Rangel PTS 10 Jun 24, 1942 United States Auditorium, Oakland, California, USA
135 Win 112–15–8 United States Johnny Taylor TKO 4 (10) Jun 01, 1942 United States Civic Auditorium, San Jose, California, USA
134 Loss 111–15–8 United States Fritzie Zivic TKO 12 (15) Jan 17, 1941 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA For NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight titles
133 Loss 111–14–8 United States Fritzie Zivic UD 15 Oct 04, 1940 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA Lost NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight titles
132 Win 111–13–8 United States Phil Furr KO 4 (15) Sep 23, 1940 United States Griffith Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia, USA Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight titles
131 Win 110–13–8 United States Lew Jenkins TKO 6 (12) Jul 17, 1940 United States Polo Grounds, New York City, New York, USA
130 Win 109–13–8 Canada Paul Junior TKO 3 (15) Jun 21, 1940 United States Exposition Building, Portland, Oregon, USA Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight titles
129 Win 108–13–8 United States Ralph Zannelli TKO 5 (15) May 24, 1940 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight titles
128 Win 107–13–8 Canada Paul Junior TKO 7 (15) Apr 26, 1940 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight titles
127 Draw 106–13–8 Philippines Ceferino Garcia PTS 10 Mar 01, 1940 United States Gilmore Stadium, Los Angeles, California, USA Billed as a World Middleweight Title fight recognized only by California
126 Win 106–13–7 Puerto Rico Pedro Montanez TKO 9 (15) Jan 24, 1940 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight titles
125 Win 105–13–7 United States Joe Ghnouly KO 5 (15) Jan 04, 1940 United States Municipal Audiotrium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight titles
124 Win 104–13–7 United States Jimmy Garrison KO 7 (10) Dec 11, 1939 United States Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USA Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight titles
123 Win 103–13–7 United States Bobby Pacho TKO 4 (15) Oct 30, 1939 United States Municipal Auditorium, Denver, Colorado, USA Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight titles
122 Win 102–13–7 United States Jimmy Garrison PTS 10 Oct 24, 1939 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight titles
121 Win 101–13–7 United States Richie Fontaine TKO 3 (15) Oct 20, 1939 United States Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, USA Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight titles
120 Win 100–13–7 United States Howard Scott KO 2 (10) Oct 13, 1939 United States Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight titles
119 Win 99–13–7 United States Al Manfredo TKO 4 (10) Oct 09, 1939 United States Riverview Park, Des Moines, Iowa, USA Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight titles
118 Loss 98–13–7 United States Lou Ambers UD 15 Aug 22, 1939 United States Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York City, New York, USA Lost NBA, NSYAC, and The Ring lightweight titles
117 Win 98–12–7 United Kingdom Ernie Roderick PTS 15 May 25, 1939 United Kingdom Harringay Arena, Harringay, London, England Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight titles
116 Win 97–12–7 United States Davey Day TKO 12 (15) Mar 31, 1939 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight titles
115 Win 96–12–7 United States Lew Feldman KO 1 (15) Mar 16, 1939 United States Municipal Audtiorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight titles;
Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring lightweight titles
114 Win 95–12–7 United States Bobby Pacho TKO 4 (15) Mar 04, 1939 Cuba Tropical Stadium, Havana, Cuba Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight titles
113 Win 94–12–7 Mexico Baby Arizmendi PTS 10 Jan 10, 1939 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight titles
112 Win 93–12–7 United States Al Manfredo TKO 3 (15) Dec 05, 1938 United States Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USA Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight titles
111 Win 92–12–7 Philippines Ceferino Garcia UD 15 Nov 25, 1938 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight titles
110 Win 91–12–7 United States Lou Ambers SD 15 Aug 17, 1938 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA Won NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring lightweight titles
109 Win 90–12–7 United States Barney Ross UD 15 May 31, 1938 United States Madison Square Garden Bowl, Long Island City, Queens, New York City, New York, USA Won NBA, NYSAC and The Ring welterweight titles
108 Win 89–12–7 United States Lew Feldman KO 5 (10) Mar 30, 1938 United States Hippodrime, New York City, New York, USA
107 Win 88–12–7 United States Eddie Zivic TKO 4 (10) Mar 25, 1938 United States Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USA
106 Win 87–12–7 Mexico Baby Arizmendi PTS 10 Mar 15, 1938 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
105 Win 86–12–7 United States Charley Burns KO 2 (10) Feb 28, 1938 United States Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
104 Win 85–12–7 United States Everett Rightmire TKO 3 (10) Feb 25, 1938 United States International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA
103 Win 84–12–7 United States Al Citrino TKO 4 (10) Feb 09, 1938 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA
102 Win 83–12–7 United States Chalky Wright KO 3 (10) Feb 01, 1938 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
101 Win 82–12–7 United States Tommy Brown KO 2 (10) Jan 22, 1938 United States Labor Temple, Tucson, Arizona, USA
100 Win 81–12–7 United States Frankie Castillo TKO 3 (10) Jan 21, 1938 United States Legion Arena, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
99 Win 80–12–7 Kingdom of Italy Enrico Venturi KO 6 (10) Jan 12, 1938 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
98 Win 79–12–7 United States Johnny Jones KO 2 (10) Dec 12, 1937 United States Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
97 Win 78–12–7 United States Tony Chavez TKO 1 (10) Dec 06, 1937 United States Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
96 Win 77–12–7 United States Joey Brown KO 2 (10) Nov 23, 1937 United States Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA
95 Win 76–12–7 United States Billy Beauhuld KO 5 (10) Nov 19, 1937 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
94 Win 75–12–7 United States Petey Sarron KO 6 (15) Oct 29, 1937 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA Won NBA, The Ring, and vacant NYSAC featherweight titles
93 Win 74–12–7 Canada Joe Marciente KO 3 (10) Oct 18, 1937 United States Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
92 Win 73–12–7 United States Bobby Dean KO 1 (10) Sep 21, 1937 United States Rayen-Wood Auditorium, Youngstown, Ohio, USA
91 Win 72–12–7 United States Johnny DeFoe TKO 4 (10) Sep 16, 1937 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
90 Win 71–12–7 United States Charley Burns KO 4 (10) Sep 09, 1937 United States Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, USA
89 Win 70–12–7 Canada Orville Drouillard TKO 5 (10) Aug 31, 1937 United States University of Detroit Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USA
88 Win 69–12–7 Puerto Rico Johnny Cabello RTD 1 (10) Aug 16, 1937 United States Griffith Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
87 Win 68–12–7 United States Eddie Brink KO 3 (10) Aug 13, 1937 United States Dyckman Oval, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
86 Win 67–12–7 Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Benny Bass KO 4 (10) Jul 27, 1937 United States Baker Bowl, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
85 Win 66–12–7 United States Lew Massey TKO 4 (10) Jul 19, 1937 United States Dexter Park Arena, Woodhaven, Queens, New York City, New York, USA
84 Win 65–12–7 Australia Alf Blatch TKO 3 (10) Jul 08, 1937 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
83 Win 64–12–7 United States Jackie Carter TKO 3 (10) Jun 15, 1937 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
82 Win 63–12–7 Philippines Mark Diaz KO 4 (10) Jun 09, 1937 United States Pasadena Arean, Pasadena, California, USA
81 Win 62–12–7 United States Wally Hally TKO 4 (10) May 28, 1937 United States Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, USA
80 Win 61–12–7 United States Frankie Klick TKO 4 (10) May 04, 1937 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
79 Win 60–12–7 Canada Pete DeGrasse KO 10 (10) Apr 06, 1937 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
78 Win 59–12–7 Kingdom of Italy Aldo Spoldi UD 10 Mar 19, 1937 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
77 Win 58–12–7 United States Mike Belloise TKO 4 (10) Mar 12, 1937 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
76 Win 57–12–7 United States California Joe Rivers TKO 4 (10) Mar 02, 1937 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
75 Win 56–12–7 Philippines Varias Milling KO 4 (10) Feb 19, 1937 United States Coliseum, San Diego, California, USA
74 Win 55–12–7 United States Moon Mullins TKO 2 (10) Feb 02, 1937 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
73 Win 54–12–7 United States Tony Chavez KO 10 (10) Jan 19, 1937 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
72 Win 53–12–7 Mexico Rodolfo Casanova KO 3 (10) Jan 01, 1937 Mexico El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
71 Loss 52–12–7 United States Tony Chavez DQ 8 (10) Dec 03, 1936 United States Municipal Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
70 Win 52–11–7 United States Joey Alcanter RTD 5 (10) Nov 17, 1936 United States Municipal Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
69 Win 51–11–7 Philippines Gene Espinoza KO 1 (10) Nov 02, 1936 United States Eastside Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA
68 Win 50–11–7 United States Mike Belloise PTS 10 Oct 27, 1936 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA Retained California-Mexico featherweight titles
67 Win 49–11–7 Philippines Dommy Ganzon KO 1 (10) Sep 08, 1936 United States Civic Auditorium, Stockton, California, USA
66 Win 48–11–7 United States Elmer Brown PTS 10 Sep 03, 1936 United States Multnomah Stadium, Portland, Oregon, USA
65 Win 47–11–7 Mexico Juan Zurita KO 4 (10) Aug 18, 1936 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
64 Win 46–11–7 Mexico Baby Arizmendi PTS 10 Aug 04, 1936 United States Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, USA Won California-Mexico featherweight titles
63 Win 45–11–7 United States Johnny DeFoe PTS 10 Jun 22, 1936 United States Fox Theatre, Butte, Montana, USA
62 Win 44–11–7 United States Bobby Leyvas TKO 4 (10) May 19, 1936 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
61 Win 43–11–7 United States Richie Fontaine PTS 10 Mar 31, 1936 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
60 Loss 42–11–7 United States Richie Fontaine PTS 10 Feb 26, 1936 United States Auditorium, Oakland, California, USA
59 Loss 42–10–7 Mexico Joe Conde PTS 10 Jan 01, 1936 Mexico El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
58 Win 42–9–7 United States Alton Black TKO 8 (15) Dec 06, 1935 United States Chestnut St. Arena, Reno, Nevada, USA Retained Western featherweight title
57 Win 41–9–7 United States Midget Wolgast PTS 10 Nov 27, 1935 United States Auditorium, Oakland, California, USA
56 Win 40–9–7 United States Leo Lomelli TKO 6 (8) Nov 12, 1935 United States Auditorium, Oakland, California, USA
55 Win 39–9–7 United States Lester Marston TKO 7 (10) Oct 21, 1935 United States Auditorium, Oakland, California, USA
54 Draw 38–9–7 Mexico Perfecto Lopez PTS 8 Sep 13, 1935 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA
53 Win 38–9–6 United States Alton Black TKO 8 (10) Sep 13, 1935 United States Chestnut St. Arena, Reno, Nevada, USA Won Western featherweight title
52 Win 37–9–6 Philippines Varias Milling PTS 10 Jun 25, 1935 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
51 Win 36–9–6 Panama Davey Abad PTS 10 May 28, 1935 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
50 Win 35–9–6 Philippines Mark Diaz PTS 8 May 10, 1935 United States Ventura A.C., Ventura, California, USA
49 Win 34–9–6 United States Frankie Covelli PTS 8 Apr 16, 1935 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
48 Win 33–9–6 United States Tully Corvo TKO 5 (10) Apr 06, 1935 United States L Street Arena, Sacramento, California, USA
47 Loss 32–9–6 Panama Davey Abad PTS 10 Mar 31, 1935 Mexico El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
46 Win 32–8–6 United States Sal Hernandez TKO 2 (10) Mar 19, 1935 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
45 Loss 31–8–6 Mexico Rodolfo Casanova DQ 5 (10) Feb 16, 1935 Mexico Arena Nacional, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
44 Loss 31–7–6 Mexico Baby Arizmendi UD 12 Jan 01, 1935 Mexico El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
43 Win 31–6–6 Mexico Ventura Arana TKO 5 (10) Dec 15, 1934 Mexico El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
42 Win 30–6–6 Mexico Joe Conde TKO 7 (10) Dec 01, 1934 Mexico Arena Nacional, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
41 Loss 29–6–6 Mexico Baby Arizmendi PTS 10 Nov 04, 1934 Mexico Arena Nacional, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
40 Win 29–5–6 Mexico Perfecto Lopez PTS 8 Sep 28, 1934 United States Ventura A.C., Ventura, California, USA
39 Win 28–5–6 Philippines Max Tarley KO 3 (10) Sep 13, 1934 United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, USA
38 Win 27–5–6 United States Joe Sanchez TKO 4 (8) Sep 07, 1934 United States Ventura A.C., Ventura, California, USA
37 Win 26–5–6 Mexico Perfecto Lopez TKO 5 (6) Aug 28, 1934 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
36 Win 25–5–6 Mexico Perfecto Lopez PTS 6 Jul 17, 1934 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
35 Win 24–5–6 Panama Davey Abad PTS 10 Jun 14, 1934 United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, USA
34 Win 23–5–6 Mexico Vicente Torres PTS 4 Jun 05, 1934 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
33 Win 22–5–6 United States Johnny DeFoe TKO 6 (6) May 22, 1934 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
32 Draw 21–5–6 Philippines Young Danny PTS 10 May 04, 1934 United States Civic Auditorium, Watsonville, California, USA
31 Win 21–5–5 Philippines Young Danny KO 1 (4) Mar 27, 1934 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
30 Win 20–5–5 Mexico Perfecto Lopez PTS 8 Mar 06, 1934 United States Bakersfield Arena, Bakersfield, California, USA
29 Win 19–5–5 United States Benny Pelz PTS 6 Feb 13, 1934 United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, USA
28 Win 18–5–5 Cuba Baby Manuel PTS 10 Jan 26, 1934 United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, USA
27 Win 17–5–5 Philippines Gene Espinoza TKO 7 (10) Dec 14, 1933 United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, USA
26 Draw 16–5–5 Philippines Kid Moro PTS 10 Nov 23, 1933 United States Civic Auditorium, Stockton, California, USA
25 Win 16–5–4 Philippines Kid Moro PTS 10 Nov 03, 1933 United States Pismo Beach Arena, Pismo Beach, California, USA
24 Win 15–5–4 United States Johnny Granone TKO 6 (6) Oct 19, 1933 United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, USA
23 Draw 14–5–4 Mexico Perfecto Lopez PTS 4 Oct 11, 1933 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
22 Draw 14–5–3 Mexico Perfecto Lopez PTS 4 Sep 05, 1933 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
21 Draw 14–5–2 United States Hoyt Jones PTS 4 Aug 30, 1933 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
20 Win 14–5–1 United States Bobby Calmes KO 5 (6) Aug 08, 1933 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
19 Win 13–5–1 United States Benny Pelz PTS 4 Jul 29, 1933 United States Main Street Athletic Club, Los Angeles, California, USA
18 Loss 12–5–1 Cuba Baby Manuel PTS 6 Jul 11, 1933 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
17 Win 12–4–1 United States George Haberski PTS 4 Jun 28, 1933 United States Wilmington Bowl, Wilmington, California, USA
16 Win 11–4–1 United States Ricky Hall KO 3 (4) Jun 07, 1933 United States Pismo Beach Arena, Pismo Beach, California, USA
15 Draw 10–4–1 Philippines Max Tarley PTS 6 May 31, 1933 United States Pico Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA
14 Win 10–4 United States Young Bud Taylor KO 2 (4) May 24, 1933 United States Pico Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA
13 Win 9–4 Mexico Perfecto Lopez PTS 6 Apr 28, 1933 United States Ventura A.C., Ventura, California, USA
12 Win 8–4 United States Paul Wangley KO 4 (4) Mar 21, 1933 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
11 Win 7–4 United States George Dundee PTS 6 Feb 17, 1933 United States Ventura A.C., Ventura, California, USA
10 Win 6–4 United States Johnny Ryan PTS 6 Feb 03, 1933 United States Ventura A.C., Ventura, California, USA
9 Win 5–4 Philippines Young Corpuz PTS 4 Dec 31, 1932 United States Pismo Beach Arena, Pismo Beach, California, USA
8 Win 4–4 Philippines Gene Espinoza PTS 4 Dec 13, 1932 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
7 Win 3–4 Mexico Vince Trujillo KO 2 (?) Dec 01, 1932 United States Los Angeles, California, USA
6 Win 2–4 Philippines Max Tarley PTS 4 Oct 01, 1932 United States Los Angeles, California, USA
5 Loss 1–4 United States Al Greenfield PTS 4 Sep 27, 1932 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
4 Loss 1–3 Mexico Eddie Trujillo PTS 4 Aug 30, 1932 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
3 Loss 1–2 United States Victor Kid Ponce PTS 4 Dec 07, 1931 United States Culver City Stadium, Culver City, California, USA
2 Win 1–1 United States Sammy Burns PTS 6 Jul 31, 1931 United States Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, USA
1 Loss 0–1 United States Al Lovino KO 3 (4) Jul 27, 1931 United States Meyers Bowl, North Braddock, Pennsylvania, USA

See also

References

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External images
image icon Armstrong, seated, posing with a title belt (undated)
image icon Armstrong boarding an airplane (undated)
Achievements
Vacant
Title last held by
Battling Battalino
World Featherweight Champion
October 29, 1937 – September 12, 1938
Vacated
Succeeded by
Joey Archibald
Preceded by
Barney Ross
World Welterweight Champion
May 31, 1938 – October 4, 1940
Succeeded by
Fritzie Zivic
Preceded by
Lou Ambers
World Lightweight Champion
August 17, 1938 – August 22, 1939
Succeeded by
Lou Ambers