Inducted on November 11, 1988:
Al Certo, who boxed under the name of Al Certisimo, was born in Hoboken on September 28. 1928. At the age of 19 he took up amateur boxing and capped an unbeaten amateur career by winning the Golden Gloves title in the 135 lb. class. Certo turned pro and the winning streak continued. He reeled off 20 triumphs, including 11 kayos, before losing to Benny Hernandez in Brooklyn.
Certo’s career was cut short when he cut his hand with a saw while helping his brother remodel a car wash. Certo didn’t stop there. He has run many benefits and fund raisers, bringing in such greats as Rocky Graziano, Willie Pep, Jake LaMotta, Joey Giardello, Tippy Larkin, Carmen Basilio and Jack Dempsey just to namea few.
Certo later became an outstanding promoter and manager, handling some of the top ringmen of our day including former World Jr. Welterweight Champion Buddy McGirt. It is with great honor that we induct Al Certo into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame.
Boxing record – Al Certisimo