Joe Louis -vs- Tony "Two Ton" Galento 1939 (16mm Film Transfer)

The Fight

The more I learn about Tony Galento, the more I like him, though I still wouldn't have rooted for him. He was one of the roughest, meanest ...

The Fight

The more I learn about Tony Galento, the more I like him, though I still wouldn't have rooted for him. He was one of the roughest, meanest boxers ever, who made the most of his tools, which included a tank-like physique, an iron chin, a clubbing left hook and general contempt for his opponents. He was one of the most colorful boxers of any era, who understood that humor mixed with attitude sells tickets. Galento's boxing record is mixed, but after a string of knockouts, Tony was signed to fight champion Joe Louis in 1939. Few gave the New Jersey bar owner a "f'n" chance. But Galento roared into Louis in the first round, and took it to the champ for the following three. In the third round, Galento caught Louis with a left hook, and partly off balance, Louis went down for a one count. By the Fourth round Louis had learned to punch inside Galento's left hook, and at point blank range, the Brown Bomber cut Tony to pieces.

The Film

The film of this fight has been circu...