"Tacoma News Tribune" newspaper of Tacoma, Washington, date Wed. 2 January 1963, pg. A15.
Arizmendi Is Dead at 48
Alberto (Baby) Arizmendi, who in 1934 won a share of the disputed featherweight championship is dead.
The specific cause of his death Monday in the Veterans Administration Hospital at West Los Angeles has not been announced. The hospital said he died of natural causes. He was 48.
Born in Torreon, Mexico, Arizmendi decisioned Kid Pancho in Mexico City in 1931 to win the Mexico bantamweight crown.
He boxed in Los Angeles for 10 years starting in 1932 and was one of the most popular fighters in history in this city, which has thousands of Mexican-American fans.
In 1934 Arizmendi outpointed Mike Belloise in 15 rounds and won the New York Athletic Commission version of the feather-weight title. At the time, Freddie Miller held the National Boxing Association share of the crown.
Henry Armstrong later won the NBA title. After he retired, New York no longer recognized Arizmendi. In 1939 he lost a 10-round decision in a title fight with Armstrong in Los Angeles.
Arizmendi's record as a feather-weight, lightweight and welter-weight was 50 victories, 25 losses and 11 draws. He served in the Navy in World War II.
He leaves his widow, Henrietta.