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Al Travers

Full name: Alfons Mello "Al" Travers (Tavares-)
Other name(s): Al Mello
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 148 lbs (67 kg)
Born: January 30, 1906 in Lowell, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 31, 1993 in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Boxing


Al Tavares lived in Lowell, Massachusetts most of his life. He worked there in textile mills from his youth, and began boxing as a teenager, using the name Al Mello. Known as “the Stocky Portuguese Battler” Mello turned professional in 1925. He lost three of his first four fights, but persevered and fought as a professional through 1931, finishing with a career record of 37 wins, 10 losses, with 18 knockouts. He defeated the brothers Vince and Joe Dundee, both former world welterweight champions, but neither was a title bout. After his retirement Mello ran Al Mello’s Restaurant in his hometown of Lowell.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 18 Paris Boxing Men's Welterweight United States USA 5T

Men's Welterweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR R
1924 Summer 18 Paris Boxing United States USA Quarter-Finals Match #4 2 1924-07-18 Méndez (ARG) , Travers (USA)
1924 Summer 18 Paris Boxing United States USA Round Two Match #8 1 1924-07-17 Travers (USA) , Christensen (NOR) knock-out 1
1924 Summer 18 Paris Boxing United States USA Round One Match #2 1 1924-07-15 Travers (USA) , Doussot (FRA) decision
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