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Gloves, Glory, and God: An autobiography

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Henry Jackson Jr. (December 12, 1912, – October 22, 1988, ) was an professional and a world champion who fought under the name Henry Armstrong. He is universally regarded as one of the greatest fighters of all time by many boxing critics and fellow professionals.

Henry Armstrong (1912-1988) became the first boxer in history to hold world titles in three separate weight classes at the same time. After retiring from boxing, Armstrong became an ordained Baptist minister, working with disadvantaged youth. He also wrote the autobiographical God, Gloves, and Glory (1956).


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Henry Armstrong, the first boxer to hold three world titles simultaneously, is shown in an action pose in 1938. Armstrong's first title was the featherweight championship in Oct. 1937; his second title was the welterweight championship in May 1938; and he won the lightweight championship title in August 1938. (AP Photo)