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.
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.'
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.
He grew up in Orange, New Jersey.
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.