Al Gainer
(Allen Nelson Gainer)
(the "New England Cyclone")
BORN September 10 1910; Gretna, Florida (Some sources report September 26 1910; Fought out of New Haven, Connecticut)
HEIGHT 5-11 (Some sources report 5-9 1/2)
WEIGHT 165-186 lbs
MANAGER Al Mele
RECORD 76-25-6 (41 KO)
Gainer was a talented boxer who carried a good punch; He tangled with the good ones of his time and won most of the battles

During his career, Al defeated such men as Jim Braddock, Bob Olin, Lou Brouillard, Tony Galento, "Tiger" Jack Fox, Lou Scozza, Paul Cavalier, Donald "Red" Barry, Frankie Simms, Charley Massera, Dave Shade, Al Boros, Al McCoy, Arthur Huttick, Clyde Chastain, Frankie Wine, George Courtney, "Bingo" Joe Banovic, George Nichols, Joe Sekyra and Charles "Trader" Horn

Herb Goldman ranked Gainer the #25 All-Time Light Heavyweight
1930
Feb 13 Bruno Sala                  New Haven, Ct                   L  6
Feb 27 Bruno Sala                  New Haven, Ct                  TK  3
Mar  6 Willie Bush                 Waterbury, Ct                  KO  3
          -Some sources report "Hartford, Ct"
Mar 18 Amadeo Grillo               New Haven, Ct                  KO  1
Mar 26 Jack Larkin                 Waterbury, Ct                  KO  1
          -Some sources report "Hartford, Ct"
Apr 15 Joe Gainor                  New Haven, Ct                  KO  3
Apr 24 Primo Ubaldo                Waterbury, Ct                  KO  4
          -Some sources report "KO 3"
May 22 Humberto Curi               Waterbury, Ct                  TK  4
Jun  5 Ralph Barbara               West Haven, Ct                 KO  1
Jun 20 Murray Gitlitz              West Haven, Ct                 TK  5
Jun 23 Chuck Burns                 Waterbury, Ct                   L 10
          -Some sources report "W 10" in "Hartford, Ct"
Jul 10 "Lowell" Bobby Brown        New Haven, Ct                  KO  4
Jul 16 Gus Johnson                 Bridgeport, Ct                 KO  1
Jul 24 Chuck Burns                 Waterbury, Ct                   W 10
Jul 30 Joe Mach                    Long Island City, NY            W  5
Aug 18 Buddy Howard                Hartford, Ct                   TK  8
Sep 19 Jack Kelly                  Waterbury, Ct                   W 10
Dec 11 Jack Kelly                  Waterbury, Ct                  KO  9

1931
Jan  8 Leo Larrivee                Waterbury, Ct                   W  8
May 28 Chuck Burns                 West Haven, Ct                  W  8
          -Some sources report "W 10"
Jul 10 Willie Feldman              West Haven, Ct                 KO  6
Jul 27 Bob Olin                    West Haven, Ct                  L 10
Sep  8 "Irish" Jimmy Sullivan      West Haven, Ct                 TK  1
          -Some sources report "Hartford, Ct"
Sep 10 Bob Olin                    West Haven, Ct                  W 10
Nov  5 Dave Shade                  Waterbury, Ct                   L 10
Dec  4 Jim Braddock                New Haven, Ct                   W 10

1932
Mar  3 George Courtney             Waterbury, Ct                   L 10
Aug 11 George Courtney             West Haven, Ct                 KO  9
Sep  1 Bob Olin                    West Haven, Ct                  W 10
Oct 14 Norman Conrad               Waterbury, Ct                   D 10
          -Some sources report 10/01/32 in "New Haven, Ct"
Oct 24 "Bingo" Joe Banovic         New Haven, Ct                   L 10
Nov 17 Norman Conrad               New Haven, Ct                   D 10
Dec 15 "Bingo" Joe Banovic         New Haven, Ct                  KO  3
Dec 19 Charley Belanger            Holyoke, Ma                     W 10

1933
Mar  1 Tony Shucco                 New Haven, Ct                  LF  4
Mar 20 Tony Shucco                 New Haven, Ct                   L  7
May  1 Charles "Trader" Horn       New Haven, Ct                  KO  9
May 15 George Nichols              New Haven, NY                   W 10
Aug 17 Bob Olin                    New York, NY                    D  6
          -Some sources report "D 10"
Sep 17 Battling Bozo               Binghamton, NY                  D 10
Oct 20 Battling Bozo               Waterbury, Ct                   W 10
Nov 21 Joe Sekyra                  New Haven, Ct                   W 10
          -Some sources report "New York, NY"
Dec 22 Bob Olin                    Waterbury, Ct                   L 10

1934
Jan 11 George Nichols              New Haven, Ct                   W 10
Feb  8 Tony Shucco                 New Haven, Ct                   L 12
Mar  5 Lou Brouillard              New Haven, Ct                   L 10
Apr 13 Charles "Trader" Horn       Stamford, Ct                   KO  4
Apr 23 Maxie Rosenbloom            New Haven, Ct                   D 10
May 10 Lou Scozza                  New Haven, Ct                   W 10
Jun 21 Tony Shucco                 West Haven, Ct                  L 10
Jun 29 Clyde Chastain              West Haven, Ct                 TK  5
Jul 12 Lou Brouillard              New Haven, Ct                   W 10
Jul 28 Frankie Wine                Milford, Ct                    TK  3
Aug 20 Al McCoy                    Boston, Ma                      W 10
Sep 20 Arthur Huttick              New Haven, Ct                  TK  7
Oct 29 Lou Poster                  New Haven, Ct                   W 10
Nov 23 Lou Brouillard              New York, NY                    L 10
Dec  3 Maxie Rosenbloom            New Haven, Ct                   L 12

1935
Jan 10 Lou Poster                  New Haven, Ct                  TK 10
          -Some sources report "KO 9"
Feb  4 Dave Shade                  Pittsfield, Ma                  W 10
Mar 22 Al Boros                    New Haven, Ct                   W 10
Apr 14 Paul Cavalier               New Haven, Ct                   L  8
          -Some sources report "W 10" on 4/18/35
Apr 23 Harold "Dutch" Weimer       Holyoke, Ma                    KO  5
          -Some sources report "TK 3"
Jun 13 Al McCoy                    Boston, Ma                      L 10
Jun 28 John Andersson              West Haven, Ct                  L 10
Jul 22 Billy Nichy                 Millvale, Pa                   KO  3
          -Some sources report "KO 5"
Aug 12 Billy Ketchell              Millvale, Pa                   KO  6
Aug 26 Billy Ketchell              Millvale, Pa                    W 10
Oct  7 Johnny Freeman              Pittsfield, Ma                 KO  1
          -Some sources report "New Haven, Ct";
          Some sources report "McKeesport, Pa"
Oct 15 Alvin "Babe" Hunt           New Haven, Ct                   W 10

1936
Feb 13 Charley Massera             New Haven, Ct                   W 10
Feb 17 Leo "Red" Bruce             Pittsburgh, Pa                  W 10
Mar  2 Charley Massera             New Haven, Ct                   W 10
Mar 16 Donald "Red" Barry          Pittsburgh, Pa                 TK  5
Apr 20 George Nichols              Pittsburgh, Pa                 TK  9
May  1 John Andersson              New Haven, Ct                  TK  9
          -Some sources report "KO 10"
Jun  1 Joe Knight                  Millvale, Pa                    W 10
Jun 19 Tony Galento                Bronx, NY                      TK  4
Jul 30 John Henry Lewis            Pittsburgh, Pa                  L 12
Aug 10 Frankie Simms               West Haven, Ct                 TK  5
Aug 31 Steve Dudas                 West Haven, Ct                  W 10
Oct  5 Domenico Ceccarelli         New York, NY                    W 10
Nov 25 Emilio Martinez             Pittsburgh, Pa                  W 10
Dec 25 Oscar Rankin                Pittsburgh, Pa                 KO  3

1937
Jan 19 Ralph Barbara               Youngstown, Oh                 TK  3
Feb 11 John Andersson              Pittsburgh, Pa                  W 10
Mar 22 Bud Mignault                Pittsburgh, Pa                  W 10
Jun 24 Leo "Red" Bruce             Millvale, Pa                   KO  7
Aug 17 Donald "Red" Barry          Milford, Ct                    TK  1
           -Some sources report 8/21/37;
           Some sources report "Pittsburgh, Pa"
Sep 23 Johnny "Bandit" Romero      Millvale, Pa                   KO  5
Oct  1 Emil Scholz                 New Haven, Ct                   W 10
Oct 27 Eddie Blunt                 New Haven, Ct                   L 10
Nov 22 "Tiger" Jack Fox            Pittsburgh, Pa                  W 15
Dec 11 Jerry Reilly                New York, NY                   KO  2

1938
Jan 13 Jim Howell                  New Haven, Ct                   W 10
Jul 25 Domenico Ceccarelli         West Haven, Ct                 KO  4
Oct 28 John Henry Lewis            New Haven, Ct                   L 15
          -Light Heavyweight Championship of the World
Nov 29 "Tiger" Jack Fox            Bronx, NY                       L 15

1939
Feb  2 Nathan Mann                 New Haven, Ct                   L 10
Apr 11 "Tiger" Jack Fox            Boston, Ma                      D 10
May 29 Dave Clark                  Millvale, Pa                    L 10
Jul 17 Teddy Yarosz                Pittsburgh, Pa                  L 10
Nov  2 Mario Liani                 New Haven, Ct                  TK  5
Dec  3 Marty Simmons               New York, NY                   TK  5
          -Some sources report 12/02/39

1940
Apr 29 Willie Taylor               Philadelphia, Pa                L 10
          -Some sources report "Henry Taylor"
Sep 24 Al Sinibaldi                New Haven, Ct                   W  8

1941
Mar 19 Henry Moroz                 New Haven, Ct                   W 10

Record courtesy of Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization
 
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