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Budd Schulberg
August 23, 1954
IMMORTALITY AND BOOSThough battered and bloody, Henry Armstrong (right) took the lightweight championship away from Lou Ambers 16 years ago this week and became the only fighter to hold three world titles simultaneously. In 1937 Armstrong had knocked out Petey Sarron for the featherweight title, and just three months before the Ambers bout he had bludgeoned the welterweight crown from the head of tottering Barney Ross. But against Armstrong, Ambers fought fiercely, coming back after being knocked down twice to win four of the last five rounds. He cut Armstrong's mouth so badly that Henry became nauseated and dizzy from swallowing blood. Still Armstrong kept bobbing, weaving, twitching ahead and punching. The 19,000 fans cheered Ambers, 3-1 underdog who was fouled several times by his groggy opponent. And when a trembling, gasping Armstrong, winner by a split decision, stumbled to the center of the ring as new lightweight champion, they booed and threw newspapers and cigar butts at him.
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August 23, 1954

Anniversary

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IMMORTALITY AND BOOS
Though battered and bloody, Henry Armstrong (right) took the lightweight championship away from Lou Ambers 16 years ago this week and became the only fighter to hold three world titles simultaneously. In 1937 Armstrong had knocked out Petey Sarron for the featherweight title, and just three months before the Ambers bout he had bludgeoned the welterweight crown from the head of tottering Barney Ross. But against Armstrong, Ambers fought fiercely, coming back after being knocked down twice to win four of the last five rounds. He cut Armstrong's mouth so badly that Henry became nauseated and dizzy from swallowing blood. Still Armstrong kept bobbing, weaving, twitching ahead and punching. The 19,000 fans cheered Ambers, 3-1 underdog who was fouled several times by his groggy opponent. And when a trembling, gasping Armstrong, winner by a split decision, stumbled to the center of the ring as new lightweight champion, they booed and threw newspapers and cigar butts at him.

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