Joseph Monninger

Two Ton: One Fight, One Night, Tony Galento vs. Joe Louis took three years to research and write. I traveled to Orange, New Jersey and talked to old guys who sparred with Tony Galento. I also tracked down some of his relatives and interviewed them. Then I read. I read boxing columns from the Star Ledger in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and spent more time than I care to admit in the Dartmouth Library scanning the New York Times. Eventually I decided this book had to be about voice. Although it may sound strange, I also had to decide what the book was about. Sure, it was a book about a fight, but so what? What was worth telling about that night? I’ll leave it to readers to decide if I found the correct voice or hit on what mattered in that moment.