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Lou Ambers: A Biography of the World Lightweight Champion and Hall of Famer

Lou Ambers: A Biography of the World Lightweight Champion and Hall of Famer

by Mark Allen Baker


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Born Luigi d'Ambrosio, Lou Ambers grew up in Herkimer, New York, during the Great Depression. He and his nine siblings watched their father lose his business. Then they lost their father. Becoming a "bootleg" boxer to support his family, "The Herkimer Hurricane" soon became an undefeated contender, losing only one of more than 50 fights in his first three years as a professional. A keen judge of distance with prodigious hand speed, busily slipping and feinting he then slashed in with hooks and uppercuts. This book chronicles the life of one of the great 20th century lightweights, who retired with a Hall of Fame record of 90-8-6 with 30 KOs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476682204
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 05/14/2021
Pages: 241
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Mark Allen Baker, business executive and writer of hundreds of articles and more than 20 books, is the only person to serve the International Boxing Hall of Fame as an author, historian, chairperson, sponsor, volunteer and biographer. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame. He lives in Hebron, Connecticut, and Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

Introduction: Bootleg Boxing in New York State 3

1 Hometown History 13

2 Luigi Giuseppe D'Ambrosio 25

3 1933-You're Getting to Be a Habit 37

4 1934-Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled 50

5 1935-Lullaby of Broadway 65

6 1936-Tragedy and Triumph 85

7 1937-Pennies from Heaven 112

8 1938-Thanks for the Memory 134

9 1939-Heaven Can Wait 152

10 1940-1 Want a Girl 168

11 1941-You Made Me Love You 182

12 The Flight to Phoenix 190

Appendix A Luigi Giuseppe D'Ambrosio-A Selected Boxing Record 205

Appendix B Federation of Amateur Sports Clubs Directory of Selected Boxers (1931-1933) 213

Appendix C Official Records of Associated Members of the International Boxing Hall of Fame 215

Chapter Notes 217

Bibliography 225

Index 227

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