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G. Armstrong, 72, middleweight boxer

LINDEN, N.J. -- A member of the state's Boxing Hall of Fame who once fought for the middleweight championship of the world has died.

Genorace Armstrong was 72.

Mr. Armstrong, an ordained Baptist minister, died Thursday at Union Hospital. He died of natural causes, according to the funeral home handling his services.

Mr. Armstrong fought as Gene "Ace" Armstrong.

He was named the state's outstanding boxer in 1958 by the New Jersey Boxing Writers Association. A year later he lost on points to Dick Tiger in a middleweight championship bout.

He was inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.

Born in Pickensville, Ala., Mr. Armstrong moved to Linden more than 50 years ago.

He worked for Gordon's Gin Distillers in Linden for 25 years before retiring.

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