Two Ton (Paperback)

One Night, One Fight: Tony Galento v. Joe Louis

By Joseph Monninger

Steerforth Press, 9781586421380, 208pp.

Publication Date: November 6, 2007



For two splendid seconds, Tony Galento stood on the canvas at Yankee Stadium, the great Joe Louis stretched out before him, champ of the world, the toughest man alive. This portrait reminds readers that sometimes it is through effort, and not the end result, that people most enduringly define themselves.

About the Author

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.

Praise For Two Ton: One Night, One Fight: Tony Galento v. Joe Louis

“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


“Spot-on descriptions, deftly drawn characters, sharp insights into human nature, and most of all, a master’s sense of plot and structure.” – The Nashua Telegram


“Boxing’s battles have occasioned some of the best writing any sport has ever inspired. Two Ton stands beside the work of such masters as W.C. Heinz on the shelf devoted to the most dangerous of games.” – Bill Littlefield, host, NPR’s Only a Game