Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by mr. magoo, Nov 14, 2023.
What was the story with this guy ?
Here, for your reading enjoyment @mr. magoo, is an account of Tony’s second fight with Jerry Quarry (with both meetings ending in draws) from Sports Illustrated.
I expected it to be all about Quarry, an up-and-comer, but it is split fairly equally in telling the tales of both men.
Especially of note is that Alongi’s manager (at least at this stage, near the end of his career), is a young, colorful fellow named Lou Duva.
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Good to see someone like Tony getting some props. He's one of the fighters from that era I knew the least about and he didn't seem to get much copy in the magazines at the time. I'd like to know more about him, as the Quarry and Chuvalo fights suggest a decent contender. In 167 Ring rates him as, while outside the top 15, in the bracket with the likes of Leotis Martin, Henry Clark and Brian London, so this suggests a capable fighter who probably could have achieved more had he not retired soon after.
I think I saw somewhere that the had hand or shoulder or elbow problems — I forget which — and missed a lot of time … maybe had a surgery or two and then injured again.
His activity is fairly spotty toward the end even if there some encouraging results with Chuvalo and Quarry twice. Every mention I’ve seen of him makes a big deal about his jab. Would have been nice to see him be able to put that to the test against a top fighter or two before packing his bags and leaving boxing.
I checked some BI issues from the era and for a spell in 1964, Tony was rated as high as #12 in the world (BI used to have a top 50) so that shows a good standard of fighter he must have been.