Originally written on Pro Boxing Fans  |  Last updated 10/4/14
In rewatching Elia Kazan's 1954 classic, On the Waterfront, I was reminded that three of Joe Louis' so-called bums -- Tony Galento, Abe Simon, and Tami Mauriello (respectively, Truck, Barney, and Tullio in the film) -- constituted Johnny Friendly's muscle.  Friendly, portrayed by Lee J. Cobb, was the gangster in charge of the docks and Terry Malloy's (Marlon Brando's) nemesis.  But while Galento, Simon, and Mauriello may have been third-tier actors, they sure as hell weren't bums.  Joe Louis - Public Domain Photo From early 1939 to early 1942, as well as following his discharge from the Army, Louis took on in rapid succession the best the heavyweight division had to offer. While none of the opponents proved a match for the one-of-a-kind Brown Bomber, and henceforth became known as his Bum of the Month Club, they can hardly be considered two-bit club fighters -- they were rivet-tough and pros through and through. Truck 'Two Ton' Tony Galento (80-26-5, 57 KOs) got his...
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