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Old 09-10-2007, 08:49 AM   #1
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Old 09-10-2007, 09:23 AM   #2
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"Were you a dirty fighter?"

"Wait a minute now...I was a very clean fighter! If I but you on the face...if your face butt's my head, I apologise!"

"Is it true you wore pads on your elbows in sparring?"

"...you could call it that..."

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Old 09-10-2007, 09:39 AM   #3
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I haven't seen much of Galento. How good do you guys think he would he have been if he'd have trained properly and lived a clean life?
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I haven't seen much of Galento. How good do you guys think he would he have been if he'd have trained properly and lived a clean life?
He was able to rise to the position of No1 contender while training on beer and spagheti so you have to conclude that he could really have been something if he had taken his training seriously.

Galento is often used to disparage Louis but the truth is that he was one of the better fighters of that period. He set himself up for a title shot with eleven back to back knockouts including wins over Al Ettore, Lorenzo Pack, Leroy Haynes, Charlie Massera and Nathan Mann.
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I haven't seen much of Galento. How good do you guys think he would he have been if he'd have trained properly and lived a clean life?
Maybe better, maybe worse, it's always hard to say. Sometimes the man makes the boxing rather than the other way around. Take 20 pounds of him, for example, and that crouching/lunging style probably becomes a lot less awkward. I'm sure there are things that could have been done to improve him though, as you say.

Galento was a good fighter in my opinion, a decent contender. He'd have been that in any era but nor, in my opinion, would he ever step above that level and become champion.
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Old 09-10-2007, 10:11 AM   #6
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He was able to rise to the position of No1 contender while training on beer and spagheti so you have to conclude that he could really have been something if he had taken his training seriously.

Galento is often used to disparage Louis but the truth is that he was one of the better fighters of that period. He set himself up for a title shot with eleven back to back knockouts including wins over Al Ettore, Lorenzo Pack, Leroy Haynes, Charlie Massera and Nathan Mann.
Another pretty impressive win was over my countryman DeKuh, a very big HW, he KOŽd him brutally with a monster hook...


If he would have taken his training seriously, he could have been something special...
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Old 09-10-2007, 10:35 AM   #7
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He was able to rise to the position of No1 contender while training on beer and spagheti so you have to conclude that he could really have been something if he had taken his training seriously.

Galento is often used to disparage Louis but the truth is that he was one of the better fighters of that period. He set himself up for a title shot with eleven back to back knockouts including wins over Al Ettore, Lorenzo Pack, Leroy Haynes, Charlie Massera and Nathan Mann.
Thanks for that janitor,much appreciated. What a character he was.
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Maybe better, maybe worse, it's always hard to say. Sometimes the man makes the boxing rather than the other way around. Take 20 pounds of him, for example, and that crouching/lunging style probably becomes a lot less awkward. I'm sure there are things that could have been done to improve him though, as you say.

Galento was a good fighter in my opinion, a decent contender. He'd have been that in any era but nor, in my opinion, would he ever step above that level and become champion.
Thanks McGrain interesting opinion. I understand maybe if he wasn't as big it would have taken something away from his unorthodox lumbering style. Either way he sounds like a real character. I was thinking of getting the book: 'Two Ton' have you read it?
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I haven't seen much of Galento. How good do you guys think he would he have been if he'd have trained properly and lived a clean life?
I personally feel that a fighter is always better when he's well trained and in top shape. The issue with Galento, however is that his fighting style went hand in hand with a streetfighter/bar Brawler's type strategy. I don't know how he'd do with a more orthadox type technique.
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I was thinking of getting the book: 'Two Ton' have you read it?

I haven't. It would be some read, no doubt.
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Lol at the toupe he has on!
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Old 09-10-2007, 01:49 PM   #12
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Sometimes, an intense training regimen can grind down a body, and sap it of energy. As heavy as Two-Ton was, this could have been structurally detrimental. As short as Galento was, his bulk seemed to be essential to his ability to muster tremendous force behind his hook.
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Old 09-10-2007, 02:24 PM   #13
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Don Dunpry had nothing on Bill Corum imo.
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Old 09-10-2007, 02:28 PM   #14
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I personally feel that a fighter is always better when he's well trained and in top shape. The issue with Galento, however is that his fighting style went hand in hand with a streetfighter/bar Brawler's type strategy. I don't know how he'd do with a more orthadox type technique.
Agreed. Galento could lose a few pounds, but he's simply a big man and if you make him slim, he'll be a puncher without punch.

He's a bit like Tua. Those kind of fighters are just built like that and it optimizes their style. They'll never be on their toe's doing a shuffle.


On top of that, conditioning was not really the reason Louis beat him to a bloody mess. That was a great fight though, one of my favorites in fact.
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Old 09-10-2007, 02:30 PM   #15
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True it only lasted 4 rounds. Toney could go ten rounds, He had underrated stimia.
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