Al Certo, Trainer of Hamsho, McGirt, and Others, Dies at 90
*Photo Credit: ‘Professor DP’
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Newark, NJ (December 28th, 2018)– Secaucus, New Jersey, was the place where you would find Certo’s Custom Tailors, and talk boxing anytime you liked with the legendary Al ‘Certisimo’ Certo, a New Jersey Golden Gloves champion who went 9-1 as a professional welterweight with four knockouts between 1953 and 1954, then trained some of boxing’s finest. Al Certo has died at age 90 on December 26, 2018, following surgical complications.
When not making suits for singing celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Rosselli, and Bobby Vinton in his tailor shop, Certo was an after-hours boxing trainer, who trained some of boxing’s biggest names. These included middleweight contender Mustafa Hamsho, heavyweights Andrew Golota and Vincent Maddalone, world junior welterweight and welterweight champion Buddy McGirt, lightweight Edwin Viruet, and his brother welterweight Adolfo Viruet. Certo was an old-fashioned master of ‘The Sweet science’ in the grand tradition of Lou Duva, Ray Arcel, Emanuel Steward, and others of his generation, which included his best friends Willie Pep and Jersey Joe Walcott.
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