|Real name||Dominick Anthony Galento|
|Nickname(s)||Two Ton Tony|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Reach||175 cm (69 in)?|
|Born||March 12, 1910|
Orange, New Jersey, United States
|Died||July 22, 1979 (aged 69)|
Orange, New Jersey, United States
|Wins by KO||57|
Dominick Anthony Galento (March 12, 1910 – July 22, 1979) was an American heavyweight boxer. He is best remembered for scoring a third-round knockdown against Joe Louis in a world title stoppage loss in June 1939. Active from the late 1920s to the early 1940s, he compiled a record of 79 wins, 26 losses, and 6 draws. Besides Louis, Galento fought against several other prominent heavyweights of his era—including Al Ettore, Lou Nova, and Max and Buddy Baer. Though assumed by some sportswriters to have been a reference to his "pulchritude" or physical appearance, Galento's nickname, "Two Ton", was apparently derived from his work as an iceman: a job he pursued in tandem with his pugilistic career. On one occasion, as a result of his ice-lugging commitments, Galento was reportedly upbraided by his cornerman for being late for a bout. "Take it easy", the New Jersey-born slugger reputedly replied to his colleague's complaint, "I had two tons of ice to deliver on my way here. I'll be right up." In addition to "Two Ton", Galento was also known as the "Jersey Nightstick", the "TNT Kid", the "One-Man Riot", and the "beer barrel that walks like a man". The boxing historian Bert Sugar called him a "human butcher block".
Galento is widely regarded as having been one of boxing’s most colorful characters. According to Chris Mead, a biographer of Joe Louis, he "was a press agent's dream." Anecdotes, some of which may be apocryphal, pertaining to his outlandish behavior and unschooled wit are common. On learning about Gene Tunney's predilection for reading George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Butler, and William Shakespeare while in training camp, Galento is said to have remarked, in characteristic fashion, "Shakespeare? I ain't never hearda him. He must be one of dem European bums[.] Sure as hell I'll moider dat bum." An alternative rendering of Galento's commentary on Shakespeare runs as follows: "Never hoid of him... What's he, one of those foreign heavyweights? I'll moida da bum." To Galento, all his potential opponents and competitors, even Joe Louis and the Bard of Avon, were "bums".
After retiring as a boxer, Galento took to professional wrestling. He squared off against fellow ex-heavyweight contender Primo Carnera, grappled an octopus in a giant fish tank in Seattle, fought a 550 lb bear in a cage in Newark, and boxed a kangaroo in Atlantic City. Among Galento's human adversaries in the wrestling ring, other than Carnera, were Man Mountain Dean, Kola Kwariani, and "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers.
Galento, when an "old man", was once encountered by the palaeontologist Stephen Jay Gould in a bar in upstate New York. For Gould, Galento was not a figure of fun, but of pity—the perfect picture of an also-ran: "still cadging drinks in exchange for the true story of his moment of glory: when he knocked Joe Louis down before losing their fight for the heavyweight championship."
Following complications caused by diabetes, Galento died of a heart attack in July 1979. In the period immediately prior to his death, he underwent two significant surgeries. The week before he died, his right leg was amputated. Two years earlier, in 1977, his left leg was "amputated at mid-calf at Beth Israel Hospital." Of Italian parentage, Galento was buried from the Roman Catholic Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Orange, New Jersey. Galento's funeral mass was attended by Jersey Joe Walcott and Tippy Larkin. Though he had become friends with Galento, Joe Louis, owing to his "ailing" state, was unable to attend his funeral. Louis did, however, attend a "Galento testimonial" in Newark in 1978.
Galento was a "slow and undisciplined fighter" with a short reach. Time magazine described him as a "throwback to Stone-Age man" and disparaged his defence, which, it declared, took "care of itself." According to the boxing writer Bob Mee, he had "all the finesse of a charging rhino". The journalist Lew Freedman has written that if boxing as practiced by Joe Louis was indeed the "Sweet Science", as "practiced by Galento it might as well have been a different sport." Despite his reputation for stylistic crudity, Galento had several quality attributes. He fought out of a crouch and had a formidable, and unpredictable, leaping left hook. He was also physically strong, durable, and fearless. The licensed boxing judge and combat sports commentator David L. Hudson Jr. writes that Galento "had two characteristics that made him a tough opponent: He could absorb massive amounts of punishment, and he could punch." In a preview of his fight with Max Baer, the sportswriter Grantland Rice wrote that Galento "expects to take his share of punches as part of the game. He absorbs them like open buds absorb the dew."
Regarding his allegedly unsportsmanlike conduct in the ring, Galento is reported to have said: "Y’know, they usta call me a dirty fighter. Heck, I trained hard, maybe drank a little beer, took three showers a day and dose newspaper bums said I was a dirty fighter, da bums." Lou Nova, whom Galento defeated in a poorly officiated and bloody encounter in September 1939, called him a "worm" and intimated that the "New Jersey jellyroll" made illicit use of his thumbs. "Baer may get rough, but he doesn't deliberately try to maim a guy", Nova declared. "I don't mind saying that there is one fighter I don't like. That's Galento. He is... a worm!"
Sources differ regarding Galento's height. He may have been 5'8" or he may have been 5'9". One early news feature, in which Galento is described as a "fistic curio" and a "low-chassised New Jersey youth", claims that he was only 5'6". Whatever Galento would have measured, what seems certain is that he was on the shorter side for a heavyweight. As to weight, however, he was on the heavier side. Contrasting his physique with that of Joe Louis, who was a "trim six-footer at 200 pounds", Joseph Monninger records that Galento "stood a mere 5'8" and weighed a flabby 240 pounds." A contemporary news item concerning their title fight states that Galento weighed in at 2331⁄4 lb versus Louis's 2001⁄4 lb.
Various accounts of Galento's approach to training and preparation suggest that it was anything but orthodox. Monninger relates that Galento once wagered ten dollars that he could eat fifty hot dogs before taking part in a bout. Though he apparently consumed two hot dogs in excess of his bet (for a total of fifty-two), and consequently was so bloated as to be unable to fit comfortably into his trunks, Galento dispatched his "hapless" nemesis, the 6'4" "country puncher" Arthur De Kuh, in the third or fourth round: bloodying his nose and sending him crashing to the canvas. As told by Mee, Galento's conception of exercise was highly unusual: "his idea of roadwork was to sit in a car smoking a fat cigar while his sparring partners got themselves in shape by plodding alongside." Mead concurs. Galento, he avows, "did no roadwork and let his considerable appetite run free." In 1937, Eddie Brietz, a sportswriter with the Associated Press, noted that "[u]sually reliable sources" swore that the night before he "kayoed Al Ettore in Philly" Galento "made away with 24 hot dogs, six shots of booze and... a dozen beers". A Sunday Star photograph of Galento in the runup to his April 1941 "10-round tiff" with Buddy Baer pictures him scoffing a hot dog beside a plate of dozens more.
The legendary boxing trainer Ray Arcel, whose charges over a long and distinguished career included Roberto Durán and Larry Holmes, was not a fan of Galento. Tasked with training him by Jack Dempsey in 1933, Arcel believed that "[t]rying to get Galento fit was a farce", that he "was just bone lazy", and that working with him was a "waste of time and money". Dempsey himself, though he had seen great potential in the young Galento—potential enough to become his manager—came to agree. As Donald Dewey relays in his 2012 biography of Arcel (drawing on a column "floridly ghosted" under Arcel's by-line in the New York Journal-American in 1948), Dempsey's disillusionment with Galento culminated in the 'Manassa Mauler' humiliating the "New Jersey Fat Boy" in the ring at Stillman's Gym in New York City:
Dempsey strolled quietly into the gymnasium and walked up to the balcony while Galento was going through the motions of 'working out.' He was fatter than ever, hopelessly out of condition, and quite obviously doing nothing about it... He didn't see Dempsey and continued waddling around the ring, clowning and wisecracking as he fooled with his sparring partners. After watching a couple of rounds, Dempsey came down to ringside. He was wearing a beautifully cut light gray suit, tan and white shoes, and white silk shirt. When Tony caught sight of him, he gave him a big hello. 'You look like a million bucks dis afternoon,' he says to him. 'Never mind how I look, you big bum,' Dempsey answers. 'Let's see you do some work.'
He [Dempsey] took off his coat and stripped right down to his white silk monogrammed underpants and vaulted into the ring: 'Now, Tony,' he told him. 'It's you and me. I'll show you how we used to do it.' He began humming a little tune—an old Dempsey mannerism—and then, as Galento backed away, he flashed into action. Jack was turned forty but his body was as lean and hard and tanned as ever, and for three memorable minutes we saw the old Dempsey, the murderous, tear-away Manassa Mauler... What he did to Galento in those three minutes was nobody's business. He ripped punches into the pudgy torso from all angles, split his lips with a terrific left, and sent the blood squirting from his nose with a right.
[Dempsey chased after Galento], throwing punches until I [Arcel] called time. Still breathing easily, Dempsey ducked under the ropes and began to dress while Galento stood shaking his head in a semi-daze and trying to wipe the blood from his face with the backs of his gloves. When he [Dempsey] was dressed, he threw Galento a contemptuous look. 'That's how we used to fight, Galento,' he said. 'Now I'm through with you. You can find yourself another manager.' Then he turned to me and said, 'You were right, Ray. It's a waste of time trying to make a champ out of that chump.'
Comparing Galento to Joe Louis in terms of their professionalism, the sportswriter Henry McLemore wrote that whereas Louis "shuns alcohol, tobacco, [and] late hours", "Galento drinks, smokes, and stays up later than an owl with insomnia." "Louis believes in the outdoor life and healthful exercises", McLemore continued, but "Galento likes to train in a nice dark, smoke-filled poolhall, where the terrific racket made by songbirds, bees and rippling brooks doesn't interfere with his concentration." In addition to boxing and (latterly) wrestling, Galento owned and ran a saloon. He was arrested on a gambling charge in 1946.
On account of his relative corpulence, Galento's name, inclusive of "Two Ton", was at times used as a childish insult or taunt. The prominent American literary critic Henry Louis Gates Jr. recounts in his memoir Colored People that during his childhood his father and brother would call him "Two-Ton Tony Galento" due to his being overweight.
Heavyweight championship fight
On June 28, 1939, Galento fought for the heavyweight championship of the world against Joe Louis. At this time, Louis was heavily favored (8 to 1) to stop Galento. Galento was not impressed. In a pre-fight interview, Galento summed up his perspective on the fight as follows:
- Reporter: "Tony, what do you think your chances are against Joe Louis?"
- Galento: "Joe who?"
- Reporter: "Joe Louis."
- Galento: "I never hoid of da bum."
He also predicted that he would "moida da bum", and telephoned Louis daily to personally inform him that he was a bum and that Galento would "moida him"—this colorful version of early tubthumping seems in retrospect to be Galento's standard manner of presentation (Look, March 14, 1939; Vol. 3, No. 6). Louis later said "He called me everything." Though known as a splendid self-promoter, Galento had the significant help of "Uncle" Mike Jacobs to sell the fight via ballyhoo. Jacobs frequently posed Galento for photo ops and news stories with beer bottles, steins and kegs; an openly clowning shot had Galento drinking from a milk bottle, with Jacobs trying to grab it away. Long before George Foreman was a cheeseburger-eating contender, Galento captured fans' imaginations as a challenger who trained on beer. It would seem almost necessary that, in order to show he was serious and properly prepared for the Louis fight, Galento stated that he had not taken alcohol for two days before the bout.
The two fought in Yankee Stadium in New York City. The short, balding Galento stunned the crowd, and his opponent, by staggering and hurting Louis with a powerful left hook in the first round. In the second round, Louis began hitting Galento with vicious combinations, opened a cut in Galento's mouth and floored the challenger with a powerful left hook that actually lifted Galento off his feet. This was the first time Galento had been knocked down in his professional career. In the third round, Louis was again hitting Galento with combinations when Galento caught him with a beautifully-timed inside left hook; this time Louis went down. Louis, however, got up quickly, but took no chances for the remainder of the round. The fourth round was brutal for Galento, who had no defense and was wide open for Louis' assault. Louis hit him with murderous combinations which forced the referee to stop the bout.
After the fight, Galento was inconsolable. Whitey Bimstein, acting cut man:
... he is sitting there with blood pouring from his eyes, his nose and his cheek. He won't let me touch the cuts. He won't let me take off his gloves He pushes me away every time I try to do something for him, and bellows, "You guys wouldn't let me fight my own fight. I'd've knocked that mug cold."
Galento contended throughout life that his trainers convinced him to change styles, and to fight cleanly; he regretted he did not fight "his" fight and foul Louis. Only a year after the Louis fight, Bimstein offered a different perspective, asserting the bob and weave Galento adopted in the first two rounds was working, citing the knockdown of Louis in the third frame as proof. "Then [Galento] thought he was John L. Sullivan, and came up straight to slug", said Bimstein, "and you just can't do that with Louis."
Louis and Galento appeared together on The Way It Was, a sports nostalgia program (PBS), on January 29, 1976. The episode was lively, due to Galento's still-direct and colorful style of engagement. Louis showed a surprising side of himself when, after fending off a question by veteran fight commentator Don Dunphy, regarding any ill feeling vs. Max Schmeling (Louis stating he and Schmeling had not truly been adversaries but indeed "good friends"), he then pointed at Galento and stated, "But that little fellow ... he really got me mad. All those mean things he said about me while training for our fight. He got me mad, all right." Louis furthered this statement by revealing that his anger by fight time was such that he had decided to "carry" Galento, i.e. to drag the fight out in order to "punish him for those nasty things". After suffering the knockdown, however, Louis changed his mind: "[Galento] hit too hard. So I knocked him out as quickly as I could."
Galento's other two famous fights were with former champion Max Baer, and contender Lou Nova. The Nova fight is reputed to be one of the dirtiest and bloodiest fights ever fought. Nova was knocked down five times. Galento kneed, butted, gouged, hit below the belt, and on at least two knockdowns, Galento "fell" with his 230 lb (104 kg) on Nova, knees first. Referee George Blake finally stopped the mayhem at 2:44 of the 14th round.
Galento's fight with Max Baer ended when the referee stopped the bout in the eighth round. On the day of the Baer fight, Galento decided to first stop off at his bar. There he had a big bowl of spaghetti with meat balls, washed down with half a case of beer. After his meal, Galento became embroiled in an argument with his brother. The dispute ended when his brother threw his beer glass in Galento's face, severely cutting his lip. Galento was forced to get the cut stitched up, hours before the fight. Baer re-opened the cut in the first round, forcing Galento to swallow blood for the remainder of the fight. After the fight, Galento blamed his inability to "hook him around the head and butt him" for the loss. His record was 80–26–5 with 57 knockouts.
Less known is Galento's battle with Ernie Schaaf in 1932 (Newark). Schaaf was at the time ranked No. 3 by The Ring, and the fight was considered a stepping stone to a title fight with then-champion Jack Sharkey. The fight seemed jinxed from the first, however, rained out three times before finally taking place. It went the scheduled 10-round distance, but was a seesaw affair, rife with brutal infighting and containing many illegal blows. "Two-Ton Tony" repeatedly struck Schaaf behind the neck with right hand chops ('rabbit punches'). Schaaf, who recovered quickly, was stronger at the end and won the decision, but did not leave his dressing room table for long hours, while Galento merely collected his purse and went home. Schaaf's career spiraled down, culminating in a harrowing beating from Max Baer, followed by his death from light blows early in his final fight, vs. Primo Carnera. Fight lore has long held Baer's devastating right hand responsible for the ring death of Schaaf, but in the hardline culture of the 1930s, Newark sportswriters were quick to claim Galento and the above battle-royal as having done the telling damage.
Professional boxing record
|112 fights||79 wins||26 losses|
|112||Win||79–26–6 (1)||Jack Conley||KO||3 (10)||Dec 4, 1943||33 years, 267 days||Forum, Wichita, Kansas, U.S.|
|111||Win||78–26–6 (1)||Fred Blassie||KO||2 (10), 0:25||Jun 21, 1943||33 years, 101 days||Caswell Park, Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.|
|110||Win||77–26–6 (1)||Herbie Katz||KO||1 (10), 0:25||Jun 1, 1943||33 years, 81 days||Phillips Field, Tampa, Florida, U.S.|
|109||Loss||76–26–6 (1)||Buddy Baer||TKO||7 (10)||Apr 8, 1941||31 years, 27 days||Uline Arena, Washington, D.C., U.S.|
|108||Loss||76–25–6 (1)||Max Baer||RTD||7 (15)||Jul 2, 1940||30 years, 112 days||Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|107||Win||76–24–6 (1)||Lou Nova||TKO||14 (15), 2:24||Sep 15, 1939||29 years, 187 days||Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|106||Loss||75–24–6 (1)||Joe Louis||TKO||4 (15), 2:29||Jun 28, 1939||29 years, 108 days||Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York, U.S.||For NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles|
|105||Win||75–23–6 (1)||Abe Feldman||TKO||3 (10), 0:31||Feb 23, 1939||28 years, 348 days||Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida, U.S.|
|104||Win||74–23–6 (1)||Natie Brown||KO||4 (10), 1:13||Feb 3, 1939||28 years, 328 days||Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.|
|103||Win||73–23–6 (1)||Jorge Brescia||KO||1 (10), 1:41||Jan 19, 1939||28 years, 313 days||Armory, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|102||Win||72–23–6 (1)||Dick Daniels||KO||3 (4)||Dec 16, 1938||28 years, 279 days||Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.|
|101||Win||71–23–6 (1)||Otis Thomas||KO||9 (12), 1:35||Dec 7, 1938||28 years, 270 days||Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|100||Win||70–23–6 (1)||Harry Thomas||TKO||3 (10)||Nov 14, 1938||28 years, 247 days||Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|99||Win||69–23–6 (1)||Nathan Mann||KO||2 (10), 2:04||May 13, 1938||28 years, 62 days||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|98||Win||68–23–6 (1)||Charley Massera||KO||3 (10)||Jan 5, 1938||27 years, 299 days||Armory, Orange, New Jersey, U.S.|
|97||Win||67–23–6 (1)||Leroy Haynes||TKO||3 (10)||Nov 18, 1937||27 years, 251 days||Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|96||Win||66–23–6 (1)||Lorenzo Pack||KO||6 (10)||Sep 28, 1937||27 years, 200 days||Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|95||Win||65–23–6 (1)||Al Ettore||TKO||8 (10), 2:55||Jul 27, 1937||27 years, 137 days||Velodrome, Nutley, New Jersey, U.S.|
|94||Loss||64–23–6 (1)||Arturo Godoy||PTS||6||Jun 22, 1937||27 years, 102 days||Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|93||Draw||64–22–6 (1)||Eddie Mader||PTS||10||Jun 14, 1937||27 years, 94 days||Ollemar Field, Irvington, New Jersey, U.S.|
|92||Loss||64–22–5 (1)||Arturo Godoy||PTS||10||Apr 28, 1937||27 years, 47 days||Hippodrome, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|91||Win||64–21–5 (1)||Don Petrin||PTS||10||Mar 8, 1937||26 years, 361 days||Armory, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|90||Win||63–21–5 (1)||Jack Moran||KO||2 (10), 1:51||Feb 15, 1937||26 years, 340 days||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|89||Draw||62–21–5 (1)||Don Petrin||PTS||10||Jan 18, 1937||26 years, 312 days||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|88||Win||62–21–4 (1)||Terry Mitchell||KO||3 (10)||Dec 3, 1936||26 years, 266 days||Armory, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|87||Win||61–21–4 (1)||Roy Lazer||TKO||6 (10)||Nov 9, 1936||26 years, 242 days||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|86||Win||60–21–4 (1)||Izzy Singer||KO||8 (10)||Oct 12, 1936||26 years, 214 days||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|85||Win||59–21–4 (1)||Izzy Singer||PTS||10||Sep 14, 1936||26 years, 186 days||Meadowbrook Field, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|84||Win||58–21–4 (1)||Freddie Fiducia||KO||2 (10)||Aug 24, 1936||26 years, 165 days||Meadowbrook Field, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|83||Win||57–21–4 (1)||James J. Taylor||KO||1 (10)||Jul 28, 1936||26 years, 138 days||Meadowbrook Field, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|82||Loss||56–21–4 (1)||Al Gainer||TKO||4 (10), 1:04||Jun 19, 1936||26 years, 99 days||Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|81||Draw||56–20–4 (1)||Al Delaney||PTS||8||May 11, 1936||26 years, 60 days||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|80||Win||56–20–3 (1)||Eddie Blunt||PTS||10||Apr 6, 1936||26 years, 25 days||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|79||Loss||55–20–3 (1)||Al Delaney||PTS||6||Feb 29, 1936||26 years, 17 days||Ridgewood Grove, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|78||Loss||55–19–3 (1)||Eddie Mader||PTS||6||Nov 1, 1935||25 years, 234 days||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|77||Win||55–18–3 (1)||Al Boros||KO||10 (10)||Sep 10, 1935||25 years, 182 days||Meadowbrook Field, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|76||Win||54–18–3 (1)||Willie McGee||PTS||6||Aug 29, 1935||25 years, 170 days||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|75||Win||53–18–3 (1)||Gene Mickens||PTS||10||Jul 29, 1935||25 years, 139 days||Meadowbrook Field, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|74||Win||52–18–3 (1)||Anthony Ashrut||KO||1 (6)||Jun 13, 1935||25 years, 93 days||Madison Square Garden Bowl, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|73||Win||51–18–3 (1)||Larry Johnson||KO||5 (6)||Mar 5, 1935||24 years, 358 days||Scott Hall, Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.|
|72||Win||50–18–3 (1)||Eddie Karolak||TKO||4 (10)||Feb 4, 1935||24 years, 329 days||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|71||Win||49–18–3 (1)||Bob Tow||PTS||10||Nov 26, 1934||24 years, 259 days||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|70||Loss||48–18–3 (1)||Patsy Perroni||PTS||10||Oct 22, 1934||24 years, 224 days||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|69||Loss||48–17–3 (1)||Marty Gallagher||TKO||13 (15)||Sep 4, 1934||24 years, 176 days||Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C., U.S.|
|68||Loss||48–16–3 (1)||Bob Tow||UD||10||Jun 16, 1934||24 years, 96 days||Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C., U.S.|
|67||Win||48–15–3 (1)||Marty Gallagher||PTS||10||Jun 15, 1934||24 years, 95 days||Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C., U.S.|
|66||Win||47–15–3 (1)||"Italian" Jack Herman||KO||2 (10), 1:55||May 25, 1934||24 years, 74 days||Portner's Arena, Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.|
|65||Win||46–15–3 (1)||Battling Bozo||DQ||1 (10)||Apr 2, 1934||24 years, 21 days||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|64||Win||45–15–3 (1)||Owen Flynn||KO||2 (10)||Mar 5, 1934||23 years, 358 days||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|63||Win||44–15–3 (1)||Larry Johnson||KO||7 (10), 1:34||Feb 5, 1934||23 years, 330 days||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|62||Loss||43–15–3 (1)||Edward "Unknown" Winston||PTS||10||Aug 28, 1933||23 years, 169 days||Dreamland Park, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|61||Draw||43–14–3 (1)||Don Petrin||PTS||8||Aug 14, 1933||23 years, 155 days||Park View Arena, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|60||Win||43–14–2 (1)||Don "Red" Barry||KO||1 (10), 2:23||Jun 8, 1933||23 years, 88 days||Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York, U.S.||Not to be confused with Don "Red" Barry|
|59||Loss||42–14–2 (1)||Obie Walker||PTS||10||Apr 17, 1933||23 years, 36 days||Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|58||Win||42–13–2 (1)||Roy Clark||KO||2 (10)||Apr 7, 1933||23 years, 26 days||Orange, New Jersey, U.S.|
|57||Win||41–13–2 (1)||Harold Mays||PTS||10||Feb 20, 1933||22 years, 345 days||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|56||Loss||40–13–2 (1)||Jack Gagnon||DQ||3 (10)||Dec 12, 1932||22 years, 275 days||Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|55||Win||40–12–2 (1)||Natie Brown||KO||1 (10), 1:42||Oct 17, 1932||22 years, 219 days||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|54||Win||39–12–2 (1)||Otis Gardner||KO||1 (6)||Sep 14, 1932||22 years, 186 days||Central Park Arena, Orange, New Jersey, U.S.|
|53||Win||38–12–2 (1)||Charley Boyette||TKO||4 (10)||Jul 28, 1932||22 years, 138 days||Playgrounds Stadium, West New York, New Jersey, U.S.|
|52||Loss||37–12–2 (1)||Ernie Schaaf||PTS||10||Jun 7, 1932||22 years, 87 days||Dreamland Park, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|51||Win||37–11–2 (1)||Johnny Freeman||KO||6 (10)||May 2, 1932||22 years, 51 days||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|50||Win||36–11–2 (1)||Arthur De Kuh||TKO||4 (10), 2:04||Apr 11, 1932||22 years, 30 days||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|49||Win||35–11–2 (1)||Ted Sandwina||PTS||10||Mar 14, 1932||22 years, 2 days||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|48||Loss||34–11–2 (1)||Natie Brown||PTS||10||Feb 8, 1932||21 years, 333 days||Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|47||Win||34–10–2 (1)||George Panka||KO||1 (10), 0:14||Nov 23, 1931||21 years, 256 days||Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|46||Win||33–10–2 (1)||Leonard Dixon||KO||3 (10)||Nov 9, 1931||21 years, 242 days||Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|45||Win||32–10–2 (1)||Mike Sankowitz||TKO||3 (10)||Oct 12, 1931||21 years, 214 days||Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|44||Win||31–10–2 (1)||Abie Bain||TKO||4 (10)||Sep 30, 1931||21 years, 202 days||Dreamland Park, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|43||Loss||30–10–2 (1)||Johnny Risko||PTS||8||Jul 3, 1931||21 years, 113 days||Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|42||Loss||30–9–2 (1)||Harold Mays||PTS||10||Jun 19, 1931||21 years, 99 days||Playgrounds Stadium, West New York, New Jersey, U.S.|
|41||Win||30–8–2 (1)||Meyer K.O. Christner||KO||8 (10)||Jun 10, 1931||21 years, 90 days||Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.|
|40||Loss||29–8–2 (1)||Jack Dorval||PTS||10||May 22, 1931||21 years, 71 days||Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.|
|39||Loss||29–7–2 (1)||Paul Cavalier||PTS||10||May 15, 1931||21 years, 64 days||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|38||Win||29–6–2 (1)||Paul Thurman||PTS||3||May 1, 1931||21 years, 50 days||Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.||Third of three fights on this day|
|37||Win||28–6–2 (1)||Frankie Kitts||KO||1 (3)||May 1, 1931||21 years, 50 days||Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.||Second of three fights on this day|
|36||Win||27–6–2 (1)||Joe Brian||KO||1 (3)||May 1, 1931||21 years, 50 days||Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.||First of three fights on this day|
|35||Win||26–6–2 (1)||Leo Dillon||KO||1 (10)||Apr 8, 1931||21 years, 27 days||Armory, Hagerstown, Maryland, U.S.|
|34||Win||25–6–2 (1)||Frankie Wine||TKO||1 (6)||Jan 23, 1931||20 years, 317 days||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|33||Win||24–6–2 (1)||Phil Mercurio||KO||2 (6), 1:51||Jan 2, 1931||20 years, 296 days||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|32||Win||23–6–2 (1)||Armando De Carolis||KO||8 (10)||Dec 15, 1930||20 years, 278 days||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|31||Win||22–6–2 (1)||Ted Sandwina||KO||2 (10), 0:50||Nov 10, 1930||20 years, 243 days||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|30||Win||21–6–2 (1)||George LaRocco||TKO||2 (10)||Oct 17, 1930||20 years, 219 days||Llewellyn Hall, Orange, New Jersey, U.S.|
|29||Win||20–6–2 (1)||Jack Marsling||KO||1 (10)||Sep 19, 1930||20 years, 191 days||Llewellyn Hall, Orange, New Jersey, U.S.|
|28||Win||19–6–2 (1)||Frank Montagna||KO||3 (10)||Sep 10, 1930||20 years, 182 days||Dreamland Park, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|27||Win||18–6–2 (1)||Pietro Corri||KO||6 (10)||Jul 21, 1930||20 years, 131 days||Velodrome, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|26||Win||17–6–2 (1)||Will Matthews||TKO||1 (10)||Jun 25, 1930||20 years, 105 days||Dreamland Park, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|25||Win||16–6–2 (1)||Ted Sandwina||PTS||10||Jun 2, 1930||20 years, 82 days||Velodrome, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|24||Loss||15–6–2 (1)||Bud Gorman||PTS||10||Apr 21, 1930||20 years, 40 days||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|23||Win||15–5–2 (1)||Mike Sullivan||KO||2 (10)||Apr 7, 1930||20 years, 26 days||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|22||Win||14–5–2 (1)||Tom Kirby||PTS||10||Mar 10, 1930||19 years, 363 days||Buckingham Hall, Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S.|
|21||Loss||13–5–2 (1)||Al Friedman||PTS||10||Feb 3, 1930||19 years, 328 days||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|20||NC||13–4–2 (1)||Tom Kirby||NC||7 (10)||Jan 23, 1930||19 years, 317 days||Foot Guard Hall, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.|
|19||Loss||13–4–2||Neil Clisby||TKO||7 (8)||Dec 20, 1929||19 years, 283 days||Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|18||Win||13–3–2||Cuban Bobby Brown||PTS||10||Oct 14, 1929||19 years, 216 days||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|17||Win||12–3–2||Al Friedman||PTS||10||Aug 13, 1929||19 years, 154 days||Velodrome, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|16||Loss||11–3–2||Harold Mays||PTS||10||Jul 26, 1929||19 years, 136 days||Lakewood Arena, Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S.|
|15||Win||11–2–2||George Hoffman||PTS||10||Jun 20, 1929||19 years, 100 days||Lakewood Arena, Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S.|
|14||Win||10–2–2||Murray Gitlitz||PTS||10||May 20, 1929||19 years, 69 days||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|13||Draw||9–2–2||Ad Stone||PTS||8||May 10, 1929||19 years, 59 days||Llewellyn Boxing Club, Orange, New Jersey, U.S.|
|12||Win||9–2–1||George Neron||PTS||8||Apr 26, 1929||19 years, 45 days||Llewellyn Boxing Club, Orange, New Jersey, U.S.|
|11||Win||8–2–1||Pietro Corri||PTS||8||Apr 12, 1929||19 years, 31 days||Llewellyn Boxing Club, Orange, New Jersey, U.S.|
|10||Win||7–2–1||Jack Shaw||PTS||8||Mar 7, 1929||18 years, 360 days||Llewellyn Boxing Club, Orange, New Jersey, U.S.|
|9||Draw||6–2–1||George Hoffman||PTS||8||Feb 22, 1929||18 years, 347 days||Llewellyn Boxing Club, Orange, New Jersey, U.S.|
|8||Win||6–2||Jack Smith||PTS||6||Nov 21, 1928||18 years, 254 days||Armory, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|7||Win||5–2||Nick Fadil||TKO||1 (6), 2:46||Nov 5, 1928||18 years, 238 days||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|6||Loss||4–2||James Jay Lawless||DQ||5 (10)||Aug 27, 1928||18 years, 168 days||McGuigan's Arena, Harrison, New Jersey, U.S.||Galento was Disqualified for butting|
|5||Win||4–1||Rosaire Boutot||PTS||8||Jul 13, 1928||18 years, 123 days||Boardwalk Arena, Long Branch, New Jersey, U.S.|
|4||Win||3–1||Joe Steiney||KO||4 (6)||Jun 11, 1928||18 years, 91 days||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|3||Loss||2–1||Johnny Alberts||PTS||8||May 7, 1928||18 years, 56 days||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||Andy Schimala||KO||4 (8)||Apr 16, 1928||18 years, 35 days||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Floyd Shimalla||KO||3 (6)||Mar 12, 1928||18 years, 0 days||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
Galento retired from boxing in 1943, and applied his talents to the world of professional wrestling. He also turned to acting, and was given roles in Wind Across The Everglades (1958), The Best Things in Life Are Free (1956), Guys and Dolls (1955) and On the Waterfront (1954). He retained a kind of "folk hero" status, and was profiled several times, once by W.C. Heinz in TRUE Magazine (AUGUST, 1960; VOL. 41, NO. 279).
|1954||On the Waterfront||Truck|
|1955||Guys and Dolls||Spectator at Hot Box Club||Uncredited|
|1956||The Best Things in Life Are Free||Fingers|
|1958||Wind Across The Everglades||Beef||(final film role)|
- "Tony Galento, Brawling Heavyweight, Dies". The New York Times. July 23, 1979.
- Mee, Bob (2006). The Heavyweights: The Definitive History of the Heavyweight Fighters. Stroud, Gloucestershire: Tempus. pp. 112–114. ISBN 0-7524-3426-8.
- Monninger, Joseph (2006). Two Ton: One Fight, One Night: Tony Galento v. Joe Louis. Hanover, New Hampshire: Steerforth Press. pp. 70–71. ISBN 978-1-58642-115-1.
- "Sport: Beer Punch". Time. 1938-05-23. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved 2023-09-19.
- "Notables of Many Fields Hail Columbus in Newark". The New York Times. 1976-10-11. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-09-19.
- Sugar, Bert Randolph (2006). Boxing's Greatest Fighters. Guildford, Connecticut: The Lyons Press. p. 11. ISBN 1-59228-632-1.
- "Legend Galento is dead". The Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. 23 July 1979.
- Mead, Chris (2010). Joe Louis: Black Champion in White America. Mineola, New York: Dover Publications. p. 165. ISBN 978-0-486-47182-2.
- Mee. The Heavyweights. p. 113.
- Monninger. Two Ton. p. 78. Yet another version of Galento's contribution to literary criticism reads: "Shakespeare? I ain’t never heard of him. He’s not in no ratings. I suppose he’s one of them foreign heavyweights. They’re all lousy. Sure as hell I'll moider dat bum." See Mullan, Harry (1988). The Book of Boxing Quotations. London: Stanley Paul. p. 19. ISBN 0-09-173722-2.
- Monninger. Two Ton. pp. 177–180.
- Grasso, John (2014). The Historical Dictionary of Wrestling. Plymouth, United Kingdom: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 110. ISBN 978-0-8108-7925-6.
- Gould, Stephen Jay (2011). The Lying Stones of Marrakech: Penultimate Reflections in Natural History (First Harvard ed.). Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. p. 201. ISBN 978-0-674-06167-5.
- "Tony Galento dies". Press-Republican. Plattsburgh, New York. United Press International. 23 July 1979.
- "About People". Press-Republican. Plattsburgh, New York. United Press International. 23 June 1977.
- "Quiet funeral for Tony Galento". Press-Republican. Plattsburgh, New York. United Press International. 26 July 1979.
- Congressional Record. 96th Congress. House. "Extension of Remarks". July 27, 1979. "Tony Galento: More than Just a Boxer". p. 21156.
- Mead. Joe Louis: Black Champion. p. 165.
- "Sport: Beer Punch". Time.
- Mee. The Heavyweights. p. 112.
- Freedman, Lew (2013). Joe Louis: The Life of a Heavyweight. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. p. 168. ISBN 978-0-7864-5907-0.
- Mead. Joe Louis: Black Champion. p. 165.
- Hudson, David L. Jr. (2012). Boxing in America: An Autopsy. Santa Barbara, California: Praeger. p. 37. ISBN 978-0-313-37972-7.
- Rice, Grantland (27 June 1940). "The Sportlight". The Glens Falls Times. Glens Falls, New York. North American Newspaper Alliance.
- Mullan. Boxing Quotations. p. 207.
- "Nova Calls Galento "Worm," Wants to Meet Either He or Max Baer Again". Plattsburgh Daily Press. Plattsburgh, New York. Associated Press. 5 July 1940.
- Lentz, Harris M. III (2003). Biographical Dictionary of Professional Wrestling (2nd ed.). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. p. 118. ISBN 0-7864-1754-4.
- Ritter, Lawrence S. (1998). East Side, West Side: Tales of New York Sporting Life, 1910–1960. Kansas City, Missouri: Total Sports. p. 176. ISBN 0-96569496-8.
- Freedman. Joe Louis. p. 168.
- Stan, Francis E. (9 July 1933). "Boxer, 66 Inches Tall, Scales 230". The Sunday Star. Washington, D. C.
- Monninger. Two Ton. p. 3.
- "Galento Has Edge". Endicott Daily Bulletin. Endicott, New York. 28 June 1939. The ring announcer, as indicated by film of the fight (accompanied by audio), announced that Galento was 2333⁄4 lb and Louis 2003⁄4 lb. See Smooth Legends (August 14, 2021). "WATCH: Joe Louis vs Tony Galento HD60 16mm" (video). youtube.com.
- Monninger. Two Ton. pp. 1, 70–71.
- Mee. The Heavyweights. p. 113.
- Mead. Joe Louis: Black Champion. p. 164.
- Brietz, Eddie (29 October 1937). "Jockey Gilbert, Fellow Syrian, Backs Petey Sarron... Tony Galento a Glutton Before Kayoing Ettore". The Evening Star. Washington, D. C. Associated Press.
- "Tony Training". The Sunday Star. Washington, D. C. 6 April 1941.
- Anderson, Dave (1994-03-09). "Sports of The Times; Boxing's Unique Nobleman". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-09-23.
- Dewey, Donald (2012). Ray Arcel: A Boxing Biography. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. pp. 92–95. ISBN 978-0-7864-6968-0. Another version of Dempsey's pugilistic dressing-down of Galento in Stillman's gym concludes with Dempsey knocking Galento to the floor. See Fried, Ronald K. (1991). Corner Men: Great Boxing Trainers. New York: Four Walls Eight Windows. p. 47. ISBN 0-941423-48-4.
- McLemore, Henry (23 June 1939). "Which Way Will Tony Fall When Louis Smacks Him?". St. Croix Avis. Christiansted, St. Croix. Virgin Islands. Exchange.
- Monninger. Two Ton. pp. 72–75. According to one, possibly fictive, tale, Galento's business acumen may not have been great. When a potential adviser requested a look at his books—meaning his business accounts—Galento seemed puzzled. "Listen, Partner", the boxer allegedly replied, "people come to my place to drink, not read." See "Galento Shaves Down Waist-Line". Ogdensburg Journal. Ogdensburg, New York. Associated Press. 21 July 1938.
- "Galento Arrested". Endicott Daily Bulletin. Endicott, New York. 19 June 1946.
- Gates, Henry Louis Jr. (1995). Colored People: A Memoir (ebook ed.). New York: Vintage Books. ISBN 978-0-307-76443-0.
- McLemore, Henry (March 14, 1939). "Beer Barrel Buddha". LOOK. 3 (6).
- Miller, Margery (1945). Joe Louis: American (pre-ISBN First ed.). New York, NY: Current Books, Inc./A.A. Wyn. p. 115.
- Fried, Ronald K. (1991). Corner Men (First Edition, 1st Printing ed.). New York, NY: Four Walls Eight Windows. pp. 210–211. ISBN 0-941423-48-4.
- Dunphy, Don (1988). Don Dunphy At Ringside. New York: Henry Holt And Company. pp. 289 (includes Index). ISBN 0-8050-0530-7.
- Donovan, Joseph (1939). Galento the Great. New York: George Winn. pp. 118 (plus ring record).
- Heinz, W.C. (August 1960). "The Curious Career of the Primeval Pugilist". TRUE. 41 (279).
- Monninger, Joseph (2007). Two Ton: One Night, One Fight. ISBN 978-1-58642-115-1.
- Donovan, Joseph G. (1939). Galento the Great. New York: George Winn.