Dec. 12, 1912 Columbus Lowndes County Mississippi, USA
Oct. 22, 1988 Los Angeles Los Angeles County California, USA
Professional Boxer. Featherweight, Lightweight, and Welterweight Champion of the World. One of the greatest fighters in history, "Hurricane Hank" is the only fighter to hold 3 world Championships simultaneously. His first title came in 1937 when he wrested the Featherweight Championship from Petey Sarron via 6th round ko. His second title came on May 31, 1938 when he beat Barney Ross for the Welterweight Championship, and his third title came on August 17 when he beat Lou Ambers for the Lightweight Championship, both wins coming via 15 round decision. Armstrong never defended the Featherweight Championship, and surrendered it late in 1938 because he couldn't make the weight. He lost the Lightweight Championship to Lou Ambers on a 15 round decision in 1939. After 20 succesful defences he lost the Welterweight Championship to Fritzie Zivic in 1940. He fought until 1945, and finished his boxing career with a record of 151-21-9 with 101 ko's. In 1990, 2 years after his death, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.