Al Tribuani

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Al Tribuani

Name: Al Tribuani
Alias: Trib
Birth Name: Alfred Armand Tribuiani
Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware, USA
Birthplace: USA
Died: 1995-11-16 (Age:75)
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 174cm
Pro Boxer: Record
Amateur Boxer: Record

Trainers: Ralph Tribuani Bob Carpenter
Frankie Garcia Whitey Bimstein Al Silvani

Managers:Ralph Tribuani Babe Griffin (interim)

Pre-Professional Era

As a perennial high school football player Al Tribuani posted 48 AAU victories by the end of his junior year, thirty by knockout, of whom five were district Golden Gloves champions. At times Al performed in football games during the day and fought at night, notably in the finals of the 1939 Philadelphia Daily News Golden Gloves Tournament. In 1940 as a senior in high school, Tribuani won the Diamond Belt in Philadelphia and the New York Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions at Madison Square Garden in the welterweight division. Within the same year he split four fights with Savey Canadeo, winning the second and fourth, reportedly only having marginal differences in the first three bouts. Upon completion of high school, Al was offered scholarships to both Duke and Villanova Universities while his National Guard unit was being activated as a prelim to World War II. He has conflicting birth dates. It appears he joined the Delaware National Guard at sixteen, two years under the required age. In 1941 being selected by team coaches Spike Webb and Sugar Ray Robinson and obtaining a leave from the military, Tribuani won the Intercity Golden Gloves in the middleweight division by knocking out Bob Satterfield in two minutes and forty-nine seconds of the first round at Chicago Stadium. "I'm happy to say I got him before he got me" (1953). Al fought out of the T & C Athletic Association of Wilmington, Delaware.

Fighting Style

Tribuani emulated his mentor Tony Canzoneri's style of fighting with the ability to take a great punch and to fight back gamely. Al has a 4-1 record with fighters on the 2003 Ring Magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Punchers of All-Time.

Armstrong & Davis Bouts

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Some felt Tribuani was weakened in making the weight for the Armstrong bout, others felt the bout contributed to Armstrong's loss to Beau Jack. Regardless, it was a great fight, with the crowd being so loud the combatants could not hear the bell at the end of the rounds. His bouts with Bummy Davis were classics. The second bout left Tribuani with a cheekbone fractured in three places, "Even now all I have to do to recall my toughest fight is rub my hand across the left side of my face. The pain and memory of that June night and a great fight against a real game guy flashes quickly to mind" (1953). In reference to Armstrong and Davis being dirty fighters his response was "No, they were just rough, tough fighters and they fought that way" (1976).

World War II

Al and other members of his National Guard unit were sworn into the United States Army on 26 September 1940 at Jamaica, New York. Tribuani was subsequently sworn into the United States Army for a second enlistment on 19 August 1943 at Camden, New Jersey. Several months later Al transferred to Fort Ord, California where he trained for deployment overseas and served as a boxing instructor. Babe Griffin managed his affairs while he was stationed in California. Tribuani always expressed respect and fondness for Griffin. Al experienced difficulty at times to obtain leave from the military to train; however, his colonel was a boxing enthusiast and permitted him to continue his prizefighting career whenever possible. Tribuani managed to post seven victories and one disputed draw prior to deployment overseas. Al’s deployment conflicted with his pending opportunities to fight Jose Basora and Charley Burley. Tribuani and his representatives attempted to secure a fight with Bruce Woodcock. “Heck, I would have taken a shot at him, going overseas anyway” (1976)

Al was deployed to Europe as a infantryman in General Patton’s Third Army, 90th Infantry Division (Tough Ombres), serving in the 358th Regiment (Peragimus), recipients of the Presidential (Distinguished) Unit Citation. In addition to participating in the liberation of the Flossenburg Concentration Camp, he fought in five major campaigns, being decorated for valor. On 28 April 1945, Tech 5 Alfred Tribuani on patrol en route to Rybnik, Czechoslovakia was severely wounded in combat by the Waffen-SS (Nazis). Said combat wounds would result in his retirement from the boxing ring.

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Factoids

  • Known to sleep in the locker room before a fight.
  • In 1949 Al fought an exhibition with his former Golden Gloves teammate Sugar Ray Robinson, whom he sparred with on numerous occasions in their Golden Gloves era.
  • Al was well known for having a debonair appearance, mannerism, love of sports, and music. Billy Eckstein [1] is among his favorites.
  • Correct spelling of surname is Tribuiani, as is his son's family and authentic relatives.
  • Not afflicted with dementia pugiilistica.
  • As a long time friend, Delaware Governor David P. Buckson spoke Tribuani's eulogy upon his passing.


Quotes on Al

  • "He's a great fighter, greater fighter than I had the least idea he was" Whitey Bimstein (1943)
  • "Only a great fighter could have come back after that" (reference on the first Davis fight) Barney Ross (1956)


Additional Photo & Triva




Preceded by:
Corky Dulgarian
New York Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions
Welterweight Champion

1940
Succeeded by:
Charley (Deacon) Burley
Preceded by:
Johnny Najunas
Intercity Golden Gloves
Middleweight Title

1941
Succeeded by:
Reggie Osborne



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