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Two Ton: One Fight, One Night, Joseph Monninger


Paperback, 208pp
Steerforth Press, 2007

Tony Galento, in Yankee Stadium on a June night in 1939, entered the record books as one of the few men to put the great Joe Louis down. Beetle-browed, nearly bald, with a head that rode his collarbones like a bowling ball returning on rails, his waist size more than half his five-foot, eight-inch height, Two Ton Tony Galento resembled, according to Collier magazine writer Jack Miley, “a taxi driving away with its top down.” “I’ll moida da bum,” Galento had predicted. And though Louis was certainly no bum, Galento tried very hard to deliver his word.


JOSEPH MONNINGER is the author of eight novels and two memoirs. He has written for Sports Illustrated, American Heritage, Scientific American, and the Boston Globe. He is a two-time recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in New Hampshire.

“Two Ton takes the reader back to an era when a rotund New Jersey barkeep could take on the world’s greatest heavyweight and believe in his heart that he could win.” – The Hartford Courant

“If one didn’t know any better, they would think that the author actually lived during those times. . . . Monninger glowingly, vividly, and inspiringly recounts that ‘a moment, and an era remind us that sometimes it is through effort, exceeding expectations and beating the odds, that people can most enduringly define themselves.’ This wonderful book will exceed any reader’s expectations.”– The Sweet Science

ISBN 9781586421380