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Until The Real Thing Comes Along: The Night Henry Armstrong Made History Against Lou Ambers

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As the challenger changed back into his street clothes, he told reporters that he had been ready to go and felt great. This had been at odds however with the reports coming from his camp at Pompton Lakes indicating that he wasn’t looking his indomitable self. Armstrong’s manager Eddie Mead had scoffed at such news, blaming the mid-summer heat on the sluggishness his fighter had shown. While the hot weather might have been an issue, Armstrong was likely showing the mental and physical effects of an impossibly rigorous schedule. Unbeknownst to the press, Armstrong had suffered a breakdown in January on the drive back to Los Angeles after fighting back to back nights in Phoenix and Tuscon. Having fought twenty-seven times in a dozen different cities during the year 1937, it was understandable the fighter was starting to have trouble coping with the demands of such a grind. Read more from The Cruelest Sport
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