Tony Galento

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Birthday
12, 1910
Birthplace
New Jersey
Death Date
Jul 22, 1979 (69)
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
12, 1910
Birthplace
New Jersey
Death Date
Jul 22, 1979 (69)

About

Stogie cigar-chomping and beer-guzzling heavyweight boxing champion who was known for his toughness as much as for his dirty tactics. He compiled a career record of 80-26-5 and also fought an octopus, kangaroo and bear for publicity.

Before Fame

He was nicknamed 'Two Ton' after he explained his tardiness to one of his fights saying he had 'two tons of ice to deliver on my way here.'

Trivia

He claimed his special diet - beer, burgers, and spaghetti - was the secret to his success, but his tendency to use his head and elbows against opponents also helped.

Family Life

He grew up in Orange, New Jersey.

Associated With

In a classic Galento move, he baited the great Joe Louis before their fight by calling him at his home and using all sorts of racial epithets to try and get under his skin.