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Tony Galento

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  • Nickname: Two Ton Tony
  • Date of Birth: 12th March 1910
  • Died: 22nd July 1979 (69 years old)
  • Career length: 16 years 8 months
  • Status: Deceased
  • Nationality: USA Flag USA
  • Birthplace: Orange, New Jersey, USA Flag Orange, New Jersey, USA
  • Residence: Orange, New Jersey, USA Flag Orange, New Jersey, USA
  • Division: Heavyweight
  • Height: 176cm
  • Reach: 183cm
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • BoxRec: Tony Galento
  • Debut: 12th March 1928

Biography

Tony Galento, known as "Two Ton" Tony, was a colourful and controversial American heavyweight boxer who fought from the late 1920s to the early 1940s. Born on March 12, 1910, in Orange, New Jersey, Galento's career was characterised by his brawling style, incredible durability, and larger-than-life personality.

Galento's early life was marked by violence and a penchant for street fighting. He began boxing professionally in his late teens, and despite his lack of classical technique, he quickly gained a reputation as a tough, hard-hitting fighter. His nicknames, such as "Two Ton," "TNT Kid," and "Jersey Nightstick," testified to his physicality and punching power.

Throughout his career, Galento faced some of the era's most notable heavyweights, including Max Baer, Lou Nova, and Joe Louis. His most famous fight was against Louis, the reigning heavyweight champion, on June 28, 1939, at Yankee Stadium. Despite being a heavy underdog, Galento knocked Louis down in the third round, a feat that cemented his place in boxing lore. However, Louis recovered and eventually stopped Galento in the fourth round.

Galento's unconventional training methods and lifestyle received much media attention. He was known for his love of beer and cigars, and his pre-fight antics often included outlandish claims and insults directed at his opponents. This, combined with his rough-hewn appearance and unrefined fighting style, made him a fan favourite and a symbol of the working-class ethos.

Another notable fight in Galento's career was his 1939 battle with Lou Nova, marred by fouls and unsportsmanlike conduct. Galento won the bout by technical knockout in the 14th round, and it was described as one of the dirtiest and bloodiest in boxing history.

After retiring from boxing, Galento embarked on a career in professional wrestling. His larger-than-life persona and willingness to take on unconventional opponents, such as an octopus and a bear, further enhanced his legend. He also appeared in several Hollywood films, including "On the Waterfront" and "Guys and Dolls."

Despite his tough-guy image, Galento was involved in various charitable causes in his later years, representing the Max Baer Heart Fund, the Eagle Cancer Fund, and the Jimmy Durante Children's Fund.

Tony Galento's life and career were a testament to his toughness, resilience, and unique place in boxing history. His death on July 22, 1979, following complications from diabetes, marked the end of an era. While his record of 79 wins, 26 losses, and 6 draws may not place him among the all-time greats, his impact on the sport and popular culture is undeniable. Galento's legacy as a colourful, tough-as-nails fighter who embodied the spirit of his time continues to inspire and entertain boxing fans today.