Al Young boxed at the 1904 St. Louis Olympics and then settled in San Francisco, California, where he became a boxing promoter. He initially worked at the Association Club, before advancing to bigger programs, and moving his operations to National Hall. In 1925 he started promoting more 10-round bouts, and Young was known as a promoter for young and unproven boxers. He also worked with the Golden Gate Arena. He had difficulty during the Depression, as did many boxing promoters. Young died at National Hall from complications from bleeding ulcers.