Two Ton by Joseph Monninger
One Night, One Fight -Tony Galento v. Joe Louis

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Beetle-browed, nearly bald, a head that rode his collarbones like a bowling ball returning on rails, his waist size more than half his five-foot-eight height, Two Ton Tony Galento appeared nearly square, his legs two broomsticks jammed into a vertical hay bale. By all measures he stood no chance when he stepped into the ring against the Brown Bomber, Joe Louis, the finest heavyweight of his generation, in Yankee Stadium on a June night in 1939. “I’ll moida da bum,” Galento predicted, and though Louis was no bum, Tony, the Falstaff of boxing, lifted him from the canvas with a single left hook and entered the record books as one of the few men to put the great Louis down. A palooka, a thug, a vibrant appetite of a man, he scrapped his way out of the streets and into the brightest light in American life. For two splendid seconds he stood on the canvas at Yankee Stadium, the great Joe Louis stretched out before him, champ of the world, the toughest man alive, the mythical hero of the waterfront, of Orange, New Jersey, of an American nation little more than a year away from war. Joe Monninger’s spellbinding portrait of a man, a moment, and an era reminds us that sometimes it is through effort, and not the end result, that people most enduringly define themselves.

About Joseph Monninger

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JOSEPH MONNINGER is the author of Eternal on the Water and The End of the World as We Know It, as well as several award-winning young adult novels. A professor of English literature, he lives in Warren, New Hampshire.
Published August 21, 2012 by Steerforth. 208 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Although Galento lost in the fourth round to the fast-hitting, technically flawless Louis, Galento was “champion of the world for two seconds,” having knocked Louis down in round three.

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On June 28, 1939, in a heavyweight title fight, a very fat man knocked down the champion Joe Louis in the third round;

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In author Joseph Monninger’s book Two Ton: One Fight, One Night – Tony Galento vs.

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