Al Weill

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Al Weill
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Born(1893-12-28)December 28, 1893
Guebwiller, France
DiedOctober 20, 1969(1969-10-20) (aged 75)

Armand "Al" Weill (December 28, 1893 – October 20, 1969) was a boxing manager.


Weill moved to the United States from his birthplace of France at the age of 13. In his early years, he began working as a professional ballroom dancer and would promote dance competitions.[1] At the time, boxing matches and dance competitions were often held in the same locations, and Weill found his way into becoming a manager at the Harlem Sporting Club.

Early professional career[edit]

Weill began managing boxers at the Harlem Sporting Club.[1] The first professional boxer he managed was New York State featherweight champion Charlie Pilkington.

Over the course of his career, he managed four world champions Rocky Marciano, Marty Servo, Lou Ambers, Joey Archibald and several other boxers.

In 1930, Weill and his business partner Dick Gray arrived in New London, Connecticut and established the Thames Arena, where Weill began making a promoting matches.[2]

In 1949, Weill became matchmaker at Madison Square Garden where he stayed until 1952.[1]

Marciano's manager[edit]

In 1952, Weill left Madison Square Garden to become the manager of boxer Rocky Marciano.[2]

On June 18, 1957 Marciano announced publicly that he and Weill were ending their partnership "amicably." Weill had largely limited Marciano's public appearances, and as a result of his retirement a year earlier, wanted to focus on charitable work that Weill had so long forbid.[3]

Later years[edit]

In 1958, Weill moved to California, saying "Hollywood and Los Angeles are the greatest fight cities in the world.".[4]

Later in his life, Weill himself retired from boxing to Florida.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Al Weill Becomes New Garden Matchmaker". The Connecticut Sunday Herald. May 29, 1949. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Former 'Local Boy' Al Weill Hits Jackpot as Manager of Marciano". The New London Day. September 24, 1952. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Rock to Do "Nice Thing": Marciano and Al Weill Break Up Partnership". The St. Petersburg Times. June 19, 1957. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Boxing Manager Al Weill Sets up Shop in West". Park City Daily News. June 19, 1957. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Al Weill". International Boxing Hall of Fame. International Boxing Hall of Fame. Retrieved 6 August 2014.