NJ Boxing HOF


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 name
a 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.

Al Certisimo

Alias      Al Certo   
Country    US American
Hometown   Hoboken, NJ
Division   Lightweight

Career Record   www.boxrec.com

Date       Opponent                  Location                  Result      
1953-03-26 Henry Hausse              Newark, NJ, USA           W PTS  4 
1953-05-28 Buddy Fondt               Newark, NJ, USA           W KO   4 
1953-10-15 Jimmy Dickins             Newark, NJ, USA           W KO   1 
1953-10-29 Johnny Long               Newark, NJ, USA           W PTS  4 
1953-11-12 Don Cheatum               Newark, NJ, USA           W PTS  4 
1953-12-10 John Dale                 Newark, NJ, USA           W KO   2 
1954-01-14 Braxton Reed              Newark, NJ, USA           W PTS  6 
1954-01-28 Don Cheatum               Newark, NJ, USA           W KO   3 
1954-02-23 Lou Marsicano             New York, NY, USA         W PTS  4 
1954-03-16 Benny Hernandez           New York, NY, USA         L PTS  4 

Record to Date
Won 9 (KOs 4)  Lost 1  Drawn 0  Total 10  

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