Henry Armstrong


High School Career

Vashon High School (St. Louis, MO)

• Valedictorian & wrote for school newspaper

 

Amateur Career (1931)

• Failed to qualify for 1932 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team; turned pro

• Moved to Los Angeles; changed name to Henry Armstrong (1932)

 

Professional Career

• Career record 151-21-9 with 101 knockouts (Third All-Time behind Archie Moore & Sugar Ray Robinson)

• Only boxer in history to simultaneously hold three world titles in three different weight classes: Featherweight, Welterweight, Lightweight (1938)

• Fought in 26 World Title Fights

• Defended his welterweight title record 19 times in two years; 5 times in 21 days (October 1939)

• Fighter of the Year Internation Boxing Hall of Fame (’37)

• Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year (’38)

• Win 46 consecutive bouts (Streak ended 1939)

 

Honors and Special Recognition

• Joined Jack Dempsey and Joe Louis as first three mondern era boxers elected to Boxing Hall fo Fame (1954)

• Inducted Black Athletes Hall of Fame (1975)

• Inducted Internation Boxing Hall of Fame (1990)

• Inducted St. Louis Walk of Fame (May 21, 1995)

• Listed among 100 Greatest Black Athletes of the 20th Century

• Henry Armstrong Day Columbus, MS (October 13, 2008)

• Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (2010)

 

Did You Know?

Henry Armstrong had a variety of interests. He was a published poet who penned an autobiography entitled Gloves, Glory and God.

Armstrong appeared in three films; Keep Punching (1939); The Pittsburgh Kid (1941); Joe Palooka Champ (1946). At one point, he was managed by Hollywood entertainer Al Jolson and actor George Raft.

The eleventh of 15 children, Armstrong fought under a variety of names early in his career, uncluding “Melody Jackson”. Following his retirement from the ring, Armstrong became an ordained Baptist minister in 1951 in Los Angeles, CA.