1939 article on Galento-Nova

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by mrkoolkevin, Jan 31, 2019.

  1. mrkoolkevin

    mrkoolkevin Never wrestle with pigs or argue with fools Full Member

    Jan 30, 2014
    I skimmed through several fight write-ups and they all made it clear that although Galento fought a rough fight, Nova lost because of his lack of skills and smarts. Example:

    John Lardner, Tony Becomes Sharpshooter in Close, Rough, Gory Fight, Edmonton Journal, September 16, 1939

    The old British sport of pig-sticking was introduced to Philadelphia in reverse last night when the pig—no offense-stuck the sticker. Tony Galento, whose scarred and wounded face resembles the map of Poland, became a sharpshooter and licked Lou Nova by a technical knockout in 2 minutes, 44 seconds of the 14th round.

    […] Nova, the white hope, is not much of a fighter.

    The odds were 12 to 5 in favor of Nova before they entered the ring. The experts expected the rugged Californian, who stopped Max Baer and Gunnar Barlund by technical knockout, to slice at Tony’s ancient scar tissue until Mr. Blake, a noted anti-vivisectionist, would positively have to stop it.

    Nova Was Wide Open

    What happened was that Nova proved a wide open mark for one of the roundest, crudest left hand swings in the business. He had no defense for Tony’s wild rushes, reminiscent of the water buffalo in a happy-go-lucky mood. He was tagged on the chin in the third round and from there on, though he stabbed Tony at odd moments, there was no true fight in him.

    It wasn’t merely a matter of carelessness. Some of Nova’s rooters feared that the young man’s pride might lead him to trade punches with Tony, but he didn’t do that. He took without giving. He was open to a slow puncher, and you can imagine what a lightening puncher like Joseph Louis would do to the same kind of target.

    Referee Blake, who stopped the Schmeling-Stribling fight in Cleveland a few seconds before the end of the fifteenth and last round, showed great restraint last night. Galento really had to flatten his man before the out-of-town humanitarian would stop it. So Tony flattened him.

    He Meets Louis Again

    For his sins, the globular bartender must fight Joe Louis again next June, provided Louis beats Pastor in Detroit next week. Louis will reduce Tony to pulp in roughly half the time it took him this summer—four rounds—but Tony, for his courage and doughty endurance, will be many doubloons the richer.

    As for Nova, ambitious but unequipped for the big time, he will just have to wait. Maybe there’ll be another call for him some day. If the call never comes, it will still be too soon for Lou’s own good.

    He can fight a little, but he would probably be happier as a doctor, lawyer, merchant, or thief.”
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  2. janitor

    janitor Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    Before that fight, everybody was lauding Nova up to the rafters, some even daring to pick him over Louis!

    I have always had a much higher opinion of Nova than Galento, and do still.

    That made me very receptive to the idea, that Galento won due to rough tactics.

    As I got into the fight reports, it seemed that Galento just found a trick to counter Nova, that the latter kept falling for!
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  3. The Morlocks

    The Morlocks Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Love Twoton. Love brutal fights. Real caveman stuff. Junglecamp brawls. Last man standing.
  4. Seamus

    Seamus Proud Kulak Full Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    Nova never landed his Atomic Punch. All that yoga made him soft.
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  5. mcvey

    mcvey Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jun 2, 2006
    I remember reading an old B I article in which it said Galento won because of disgracefully foul tactics which left Nova in danger of going blind in one eye.I took this to be the story of the fight.This article sheds a new slant on things and possibly explains why Blake a normally excellent third man did not dsq Galento,thanks for posting it!
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  6. red cobra

    red cobra Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    That punch he called his "Cosmic Punch"...which Joe Louis mutilated into "cosmetic punch"...
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  7. Seamus

    Seamus Proud Kulak Full Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    Hah! I misremembered.
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  8. 70sFan865

    70sFan865 Boxing Junkie Full Member

    May 30, 2019
    You seem to base your points on articles only if it suits your agenda. Nova looks good on film in two fights against Baer.
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  9. choklab

    choklab cocoon of horror Full Member

    Dec 31, 2009
    Lou Nova was a quality fighter. He was no hype Job. There was perhaps a larger majority among Boxing fans that were knowledgeable about good fighters in those days.Ray Arcel called Lou Nova "a very courageous and talented fighter who was good enough to trouble any fighter in history".

    56,000 fans went to the polo grounds to watch Nova fight against Joe Louis.

    Less fans went to watch Billy Conn against Joe Louis because Nova was given more of a chance to beat Joe Louis.

    Aside from the Schmelling rematch it was the highest ever turn out for a Joe Louis title fight.

    This was a fight of some magnitude. The receipts for Louis v nova was $583,711 and represented Joe Lous's second largest purse as a champion before the war.

    Listening to the radio broadcast on YouTube from Galento vs Nova (a huge outdoor fight) the newspaper verdict sounded like a total misrepresentation of what you could clearly hear was a non controversial, if hard fought, competitive war. Both guys interviewed too without any hint of outrage on either side.
  10. janitor

    janitor Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    At time of writing Ruiz is a fighter with only one good win, so you would probably rate Nova more highly.
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  11. Longhhorn71

    Longhhorn71 Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jan 6, 2007
    Appears that Galento v Nova was scheduled for 15 rounds....and was a non-World Championship fight.
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  12. BitPlayerVesti

    BitPlayerVesti Boxing Drunkie Full Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    A fighter is being critisized after losing?

    Wow, this is such an unprecedented thing, to which I think the only sensible responce I can think of, is to base my entire assessment of that fighter off said critisism.
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2019
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  13. janitor

    janitor Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    It is also interesting to note that Galento was gracious towards his defeated opponent, suggesting that his usual trash talking was a mind game play.
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  14. janitor

    janitor Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    I actually find myself comparing Lou Nova to Anthony Joshua right now!

    They both looked every inch the perfect fighter, and were highly regarded, then they got beaten by a man who was the opposite of those things!

    In both cases the biggest potential fight of the time was lost, because the golden boy got exposed too soon!
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  15. mrkoolkevin

    mrkoolkevin Never wrestle with pigs or argue with fools Full Member

    Jan 30, 2014
    Hard to tell them apart, tbh.