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Henry Armstrong makes boxing history....

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August 18, 1938

THE NEW YORK TIMES, New York, NY, August 18, 1938

* Henry Armstrong - pro boxer
* Wins 3rd concurrent title
* From the city where it happened

This 42 page newspaper has a banner headline on page 24: "20,000 See Armstrong Annex Lightweight Title by Beating Ambers in Garden" with subheads that include: "ARMSTRONG TAKES VERDICT ON POINTS" "Victory Over Ambers, 2 Votes to 1, Makes Him First to Hold 3 Wolrd Titles" and more with related photo and round by round description.

Tells of Henry Armstrong becoming only boxer to ever hold 3 World titles at the same time. Nice to have in this famous NY title

Other news of the day throughout. Light browning, otherwise in good condition.

wikipedia notes: Henry Jackson Jr. (December 12, 1912, Columbus, Mississippi - October 22, 1988, Los Angeles, California) was a world boxing champion who fought under the name Henry Armstrong.

The son of an African-American sharecropper and an Iroquois Native American, Henry Jr. was a boxer who not only was a member of the exclusive group of fighters that have won boxing championships in three or more different divisions (at a time when there were fewer weight divisions than today), but also has the distinction of being the only boxer to hold three world championships at the same time. He also defended the Welterweight championship more times than any other fighter.

In 2007, Ring Magazine ranked Armstrong as the 2nd greatest fighter of the last 80 years.

On August 17, 1938 Ambers met Henry Armstrong in a historic title fight. Armstrong was attempting to become the first fighter in history to win and hold three world titles simultaneously. In a great fight, Ambers was knocked down twice, in the fifth and sixth rounds, and appeared badly beaten. He then mounted a great comeback, but lost the controversial split decision. A rematch was inevitable.

Category: The 20th Century

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