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Tony Janiro (born Anthony Gianiro; February 2, 1926 – February 21, 1985) was an Italian-American middleweight boxer from Youngstown, Ohio. Janiro never won a championship, although he faced many of the top fighters of his era. Despite his reputation as a playboy who avoided training, Janiro compiled a record of 83 wins (26 KOs), 11 losses, and two draws. Janiro was born in Springdale, Pennsylvania, but his family relocated to Youngstown when he was four years old. He left Youngstown for New York at the age of 16 to pursue a career in boxing. Janiro received advice and assistance from fellow Youngstown native Lenny "Boom Boom" Mancini (father of Ray Mancini), who introduced Janiro to his manager, Frankie Jacobs, and boxing trainer Ray Arcel.[2] In the 1940s, Janiro was ranked among the top 10 middleweights and fought Hall of Famers such as Rocky Graziano, Jake LaMotta, and Kid Gavilan. During one bout at Madison Square Garden, the young boxer was introduced to ringside fan Harry S. Truman, then vice president of the United States. Janiro had one draw with Graziano, who knocked him out in 1951. He fought from 1943 to 1952. Offered here is a signed photograph by Tony Janiro shown shaking hands with Harry Truman. From the collection of former Boxing Illustrated writer Ralph Pollack who had the photo signed by Tony Janiro in the mid 1940's at Stillman's Gym in New York City.
This is an original photo of Tony Janiro and Harry Truman. Boldly signed by Janiro in fountain pen ink, "To Ralph Best Wishes Tony Janiro." Bold, clear images. Clean front and back. Not creased or torn. Minor corner wear. 8" x 10."

Size: 8 x 10

Condition: excellent