Louis claimed it was the only time in his career that he wanted to hurt his opponent. Free shipping. [3] Long before George Foreman was a cheeseburger-eating contender, Tony Galento captured fans' imaginations as a challenger who trained on beer. He also boxed a 550 lb. After the fight, Galento was unconsolable. This clip is originally from Bunce's Tales of the Extraordinary, 27 October 2017. He retained a kind of "folk hero" status, and was profiled several times, once by W.C. Heinz in TRUE Magazine (AUGUST, 1960; VOL. A few sources list his birthplace, like his brother Max, in … After his meal, Galento became embroiled in an argument with his brother. When asked why he trained at night, Galento replied, "Cuz I fight at night." Nova was knocked down five times. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall … You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. He also boxed a 550 lb. Galento's fight with Max Baer ended when the referee stopped the bout in the eighth round. A few seconds later the same glove, this time shaped into a lethal fist, connects with Louis’s jaw and he staggers, his legs dip but he survives the onslaught. Galento had been calling Louis at his home in the weeks before the fight, informing the champion and his wife that he would “moider” him when they met. 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. Maximilian Adelbert "Max" Baer (February 11, 1909 – November 21, 1959) was an American boxer who was the World Heavyweight Champion from June 14, 1934, to June 13, 1935. Galento drank beer, poured beer, had a fight with a bear, a kangaroo and wrestled a giant octopus in front of reporters and photographers. Only a year after the Louis fight, Bimstein offered a different perspective, asserting the bob and weave Tony adopted in the first two rounds was working, citing the knockdown of Louis in the second frame as proof. It was a big fight and Galento was convinced that he was the attraction: “They are here to see me moider this bum.” Louis, meanwhile, just kept snarling, silent again in another fight that he was desperate to end in a career that he could not control. The Nova fight is reputed to be one of the dirtiest and bloodiest fights ever fought. Born in 1949 (or early 1950 by some accounts), Terrible Ted was seemingly destined for a life of wrestling. Two-Ton Tony repeatedly struck Schaaf behind the neck with right hand chops ('rabbit punches'). During his prime years as a boxer, Galento owned and operated a bar named "The Nut Club" in Orange, New Jersey. The stunt has never been tried again, but plenty have since had fights with a kangaroo or a lame bear. It was a night … Galento boxes a bear on a regular basis in his bar, Tony’s Tavern, takes on multiple opponents in a single night, and even gets into a water tank to battle an octopus. He achieved this level of fitness by eating whatever, whenever he wanted. Whether it was fighting the legendary heavyweight champion Joe Louis at Yankee Stadium or some wise guy in a smoke-filled watering hole, Tony was always game. August 28 —Clark Griffith—"Charley Keller of the Yankees is the rookie of the year. Anthony Galento was born in Orange, N.J., on March 12, 1910, one of four children of Italian immigrants. Boxing Mickey Hayes: The man Tony Galento was afraid to meet. Tony Galento was involved in a savage heavyweight title fight against Joe Louis at Yankee Stadium in 1939, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. Galento claimed that he was sluggish from the effects of eating all those hot dogs, and that he could not move for three rounds. And he did it all by deadline. [9], Galento retired from boxing in 1943, and applied his talents to the world of professional wrestling. Galento was a "no holds barred" brawler, with a wicked left hook, who never let such niceties as the ring rules, or sportsmanship, interfere with his goal to knock out the other fighter. 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. Bear, Jack Sharkey and Jersey Joe Walcott. Tony Galento is similar to these boxers: Joey Abell, Thad Spencer, Jeremy Bates (boxer) and more. Galento was one of the most colorful fighters in the history of the sport. He was a one of a kind and he could fight. In his honor, an "Envision Tony Galento Plaza" Day was held last week. Baer defeated the likes of Ernie Schaaf, Walter Cobb, Kingfish Levinsky, Max Schmeling, Tony Galento, … Referee George Blake. Though known as a splendid self-promoter, Tony had the significant help of "Uncle" Mike Jacobs to sell the fight via ballyhoo, alone. In all, his record was 71-13-0. The short, balding Galento stunned the crowd, and his opponent, by staggering and hurting Louis with a powerful left hook in the first round. "Tony Galento, Brawling Heavyweight, Dies", "The Bearcat Wrights: Like Father, Like Son", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tony_Galento&oldid=996014178, American professional wrestlers of Italian descent, Short description is different from Wikidata, Articles lacking reliable references from July 2019, Wikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Reporter: "Tony, what do you think your chances are against Joe Louis? All those mean things he said about me while training for our fight. Growing up in New Jersey, I always heard rumors about Galento . MARCIANO 1955. Galento, who claimed to be 5'9 (177 cm) tall, liked to weigh in at about 235 lb (107 kg) for his matches. $25.88. Dempsey, who was close to 45 at the time of the incident, had heard enough excuses about missing training and insults from the loquacious Galento; one day in the gym, Dempsey put some gloves on and took Galento back to an even older old-school. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. Louis furthered this statement by revealing that his anger by fight time was such that he had decided to "carry" Galento, i.e. Watch. He got me mad, all right." Galento unable to continue into 8th round due to broken hand. 53 of those fights were knockouts, making him a member of the exclusive group of boxers to have won 50 or more bouts by knockout. 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. 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. Baer defeated the likes of Walter Cobb, Kingfish Levinsky, Max Schmeling, Tony Galento and Tommy Farr. A Canadian American black bear, to be specific. Louis was disappointed that he could not make him suffer more and admitted that once he had been dropped in the third, he had to get Galento out of the fight. "[4], Joe Louis and Tony Galento appeared together on The Way It Was, a sports nostalgia program (PBS), on January 29, 1976. Tony Galento, Brawling Heavyweight, Dies. The fight seemed jinxed from the first, however, rained out three times before finally taking place. In films, he played giants in Quo Vadis (1951) and Jack and the Beanstalk (1952). Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. The fourth round was brutal for Galento, who had no defense and was wide open for Louis' assault. "Two-Ton" Tony Galento Tony Galento Died: July 22, 1979 Heart attack: Irish Jack Kennedy Jack Kennedy Died: July 22, 1979 Gunshot wound: Bull Martin Murray Grondin Died: July 30, 1979 Heart attack: Chief War Eagle John Bell Died: August 27, 1979 Heart attack: Lou Klein Louis J. Klein Died: October 11, 1979 Heart attack, … “Shakespeare? He wrestled an octopus, and boxed a kangaroo as publicity stunts for his fights. He had a quick reply for every question, never refused a newsman a story or a drink and as a bonus the little fat, funny, bald man could really fight. Buddy, at 6’7”, was also 5 inches taller and had a much longer reach. Cincinnati will bear out Griff on that one. Less known, possibly with good reason, is Galento's battle with Ernie Schaaf in 1932 (Newark). Louis hit him with murderous combinations which forced the referee to finally stop the bout. 41, NO. So I knocked him out as quickly as I could."[5]. Apr 4 Lou Nova New York, NY (2:18) LT 8 (Weights: 220 3/4 - 202 3/4) Content contributions to this site are welcomed. There he had a big bowl of spaghetti, with meat balls, washed down with half a case of beer. But what finally drew me to Galento’s story was the poignancy of coming so close to pulling off such an upset, but ultimately failing. He once ate 50 hot dogs before a boxing match, someone said. [2] Louis later said "He called me everything." 6). It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. His fights (1933 win over Max Schmeling, 1935 loss to James J. Braddock) were both rated Fight of the Year by The Ring Magazine.Baer was also … Baer was born in Denver, Colorado on June 11, 1915 to father Jacob, a butcher, and mother Dora Bales. He was given the nickname Two-Ton by one of his managers after he showed up late for a weigh-in and the moniker had nothing to do with his belly. Everyone came by and boxed with Tony or the bear, or Tony and the bear. Schaaf was at the time ranked No. There were eight fight pictures in all. Galento was one of the most colorful fighters in the history of the sport. 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. As a cub, his teeth and his claws were extracted, making him relatively harmless to tussle with, as the risk of being mauled was greatly reduced. Nevertheless, Galento knocked out the 6'3" (192 cm) DeKuh with one punch, a left hook, in the fourth round. $4.49 shipping. So-called "Battle of the Bums". He once boxed with a bear and a kangaroo and also wrestled with an octopus. Galento took on the octopus and won. Never heard of him. . Even the genesis of his nickname is both parts … We have lots of stories about underdogs’ … The present heavy weight champion of the world. In On the Waterfront, the film that delivered Oscars to Marlon Brando and writer Budd Schulberg for the script, Galento plays a thug and had just one classic line. Buddy Baer, Actor: Quo Vadis. $3.95 shipping. (250 kg) bear, as a stage attraction. The two fought in Yankee Stadium in New York City. His record was 80-26-5 with 57 knockouts. Buddy was the younger brother of world heavyweight champion Max Baer. 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