1939-06-28 Joe Louis w rsc 4 (15) Tony Galento, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD

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1939-06-28 Joe Louis w rsc 4 (15) Tony Galento, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Arthur Donovan. Galento (233¾), made famous by his "I’ll moider der bum" comments and called ‘Two Ton Tony’ because of his roly-poly appearance, got the shot against the champion following 11 straight wins inside the distance. In one of the most talked about contests for ages, Galento powered into Louis (200¾) from the opening bell, nearly taking him off his feet early on before being forced to taste the champion’s punches. Cut over the left eye in the second, when Galento continued to charge in despite being visibly hurt a terrific left hook to the jaw eventually dropped him for the first time in his career. Up at ‘two’, he made it to the end of the round but was still groggy. In the third Galento was getting a terrific belting before smashing Louis down with a left hook to the jaw and a right to the body. The place was in uproar. Although Louis, up at ‘two’, came back strongly when hitting Galento with heavy blows to head and body the latter had won the round. Louis was now going to work, and at 2.29 of the fourth the referee rescued Galento when he was gradually sliding to the floor after being cornered and spun round by all manner of punches. It took more than five minutes to revive the battered and bruised Galento, but having inflicted the fourth knockdown on Louis he had done far better than hoped for.

The champion’s next opponent would be Bob Pastor, who had lost just four of 46 bouts, one of them being a ten-round points defeat at the hands of Louis in January 1937. Since then, Pastor had beaten Al Ettore, Lee Ramage, Maurice Strickland, Al McCoy and Roscoe Toles, and held The Ring magazine’s number-two rating.