A fighter willing to mix it up with the greats of his era, Lou Ambers fought over 100 times as a pro, twice capturing the world’s lightweight title.
Born in 1913 as Luigi D’Ambrosio, Lou Ambers would become one of the most decorated fighters of the first half of the 20th century, earning 88 victories in his 102 pro fights, including 20 wins by KO.
Known as the “Herkimer Hurricane,” lightweight Lou Ambers was still a young and improving fighter when he fought Tony Canzoneri in 1936. Despite his youth, Ambers pounded out a unanimous decision, giving him his first world’s title.
He’d hold on to the title for nearly two years, including a rematch win with Canzoneri. In 1938, Ambers lost the title to boxing immortal Henry Armstrong. But one year and five days later, on August 22, 1939, Ambers regained the title by outpointing Armstrong. His second reign lasted nine months.
Lou Ambers died on April 24, 1995. He was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1964, and into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1978.