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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Hammerin' Hank

     November 23, 1937 -- When the list of the greatest boxers of all-time is compiled, Henry Armstrong usually is on it. He once was good enough to hold the featherweight, lightweight and welterweight championship. That's three titles when there were eight weight classifications.

     It must have been quite a treat to see him fight in Buffalo's Broadway Auditorium.

     Armstrong took on Syracuse's Joey Brown on this date. It wasn't much of a contest, as Armstrong scored a knockout at 0:39 of the second round. Brown had the odd-looking record of 16-13-19, including a 1935 fight in Offermann Stadium.

     Apparently Armstrong wasn't getting enough work in his fights back then, because he had fought four days before the Buffalo date in New York, and he had two more bouts before the middle of December.

     It was a good warmup for 1938. Armstrong beat Barney Ross for the welterweight title in May, and then downed Lou Ambers for the lightweight title in August. 

     Armstrong finished with a 149-21-9 career record with 100 knockouts.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.