Wednesday, April 23, 2014

‘The Herkimer Hurricane’

By Peter Silkov

Lou Ambers was born Louis D’Amrosio, was an extremely tough box-fighter, and a very popular fighter with the fans due to his busy aggressive style, which earned him the nickname, ‘The Herkimer Hurricane’.  Ambers turned pro at the age of 18 in 1932, after spending a number of years fighting ‘bootleg fights’.  Ambers quickly rose up the lightweight rankings and on May 10, 1935, he fought the great Tony Canzoneri for the World Lightweight championship, but was beaten on points. Sixteen months later, on September 3, 1936, Ambers gained a second shot at Canzoneri, and this time he came out the winner on points, and the new Lightweight Champion of the World.  Over the next two years, Ambers fought a number of non-title bouts and defended his world title successfully twice (including a 3rd fight and points win against Canzoneri.) On August 17, 1938, Ambers defended his title against the great Henry Armstrong.  This proved to be a truly savage contest, despite all his toughness and bravery Ambers was out pointed, losing his World Lightweight championship to Armstrong, who already held the Featherweight and welterweight titles. Armstrong became the first and only man to hold three world titles simultaneously in three-weight division. One year later, on August 22, 1939, Ambers and Armstrong fought again, and once more, it was a savage affair, but this time Ambers won a controversial point’s decision and regained the World Lightweight championship.  Although Ambers regained the title on points, he was helped greatly by the referee Arthur Donovon taking 5 rounds away from Armstrong for perceived fouling.

After controversially regaining the world title, the wars with Armstrong left their mark on Ambers and after a few non-title fights, he lost his world title on his first defence, when he was knocked out by Lew Jenkins in 3 rounds on May 10, 1940.  Ambers gained a rematch with Jenkins nine months later and this time was stopped in the seventh round, of what proved to be his final fight.

Lou Ambers' final record was 88(29koes)-8-6 .

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