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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Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at robertbrizel@realcombatmedia.com.