|Height||6 ft 5 1⁄2 in (197 cm)|
|Reach||85 in (216 cm)|
|Born||26 October 1906|
|Died||29 June 1967 60) (aged|
|Wins by KO||72|
Primo Carnera (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpriːmo karˈnɛːra] ; 26 October 1906 – 29 June 1967), nicknamed the Ambling Alp, was an Italian professional boxer who reigned as the World Heavyweight Champion from 29 June 1933 to 14 June 1934. He was also a professional wrestler.
Boxing is a combat sport in which two people, usually wearing protective gloves, throw punches at each other for a predetermined amount of time in a boxing ring.
Primo Carnera was born in Sequals, then in the Province of Udine, now in the Province of Pordenone, Friuli-Venezia Giulia at the north-easternmost corner of Italy.
Sequals is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Pordenone in the Italian region Friuli-Venezia Giulia, located about 100 kilometres (62 mi) northwest of Trieste and about 25 kilometres (16 mi) northeast of Pordenone.
The province of Udine was a province in the autonomous region Friuli-Venezia Giulia of Italy, bordering Austria and Slovenia. Its capital was the city of Udine, which has a population of 99,242 inhabitants. It had a total population of 530,849 inhabitants over an area of 4,907.24 square kilometres (1,894.70 sq mi). The province was abolished on 30 September 2017.
The province of Pordenone was a province in the autonomous region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia in Italy. Its capital was the city of Pordenone. The province was subdivided from the province of Udine in 1968. It had a total population of 312,794 inhabitants. The province was abolished on 30 September 2017.
On 13 March 1939, Carnera married Giuseppina Kovačič (1913–1980), a post office clerk from Gorizia.
Gorizia is a town and comune in northeastern Italy, in the autonomous region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. It is located at the foot of the Julian Alps, bordering Slovenia. It is the capital of the Province of Gorizia and a local center of tourism, industry, and commerce. Since 1947, a twin town of Nova Gorica has developed on the other side of the modern-day Italian–Slovenian border. The entire region was subject to territorial dispute between Italy and Yugoslavia after World War II: after the new boundaries were established in 1947 and the old town was left to Italy, Nova Gorica was built on the Yugoslav side. Taken together, the two towns constitute a conurbation, which also includes the Slovenian municipality of Šempeter-Vrtojba. Since May 2011, these three towns have been joined in a common trans-border metropolitan zone, administered by a joint administration board.
In 1953 they became American citizens. They settled in Los Angeles, where Carnera opened a restaurant and a liquor store. They had two children, Umberto and Giovanna Maria. Umberto became a medical doctor.
Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L.A., is the most populous city in California, the second most populous city in the United States, after New York City, and the third most populous city in North America. With an estimated population of nearly four million, Los Angeles is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California. The city is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, Hollywood and the entertainment industry, and its sprawling metropolis. Los Angeles is the largest city on the West Coast of North America.
Carnera died in 1967 in his native town of a combination of liver disease and complications from diabetes.
The liver is an organ only found in vertebrates which detoxifies various metabolites, synthesizes proteins and produces biochemicals necessary for digestion. In humans, it is located in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen, below the diaphragm. Its other roles in metabolism include the regulation of glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells and the production of hormones.
Carnera was touted in America as being 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) tall, and thus the tallest heavyweight in history (up until that time), but he was actually 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) tall. He fought at as much as 275 pounds (125 kg). Jess Willard who stood 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) was the tallest world heavyweight champion in boxing history until Nikolai Valuev, at 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) and 328 pounds (149 kg). Though an inch shorter than Willard, he was around 40 lb heavier and was the heaviest champion in boxing history until Valuev.
Jess Myron Willard was a world heavyweight boxing champion known as the Pottawatomie Giant who knocked out Jack Johnson in April 1915 for the heavyweight title. He was known for his great strength and ability to absorb tremendous punishment, although today he is also known for his title loss to Jack Dempsey.
Nikolai Sergeyevich Valuev is a Russian politician and former professional boxer. He competed in boxing from 1993 to 2009, and held the WBA heavyweight title twice between 2005 and 2009. Standing at a height of 2.13 metres (7.0 ft) and a peak weight of 149 kilograms (328 lb), Valuev is best known for being the tallest and heaviest world champion in boxing history.
At a time when the average height in Italy was approximately 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m) and in the United States 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m), Carnera was considered a giant.
He enjoyed a sizable reach advantage over most rivals, and when seen on fight footage, he seems like a towering giant compared to many heavyweights of his era, who were usually at least 60 pounds (27 kg) lighter and 7 inches (18 cm) shorter. One publicity release about him read in part: "For breakfast, Primo has a quart of orange juice, two quarts of milk, nineteen pieces of toast, fourteen eggs, a loaf of bread and half a pound of Virginia ham." His size earned him the nickname "The Ambling Alp". Time magazine called him "The Monster".
12 September 1928 was the date of Carnera's first professional fight, against Leon Sebilo, in Paris. Carnera won by knockout in round two.He won his first six bouts, then lost to Franz Diener by disqualification in round one at Leipzig. Then, he won seven more bouts in a row before meeting Young Stribling. He and Stribling exchanged disqualification wins, Carnera winning the first in four rounds, and Stribling winning the rematch in round seven. In Carnera's next bout he avenged his defeat to Diener with a knockout in round six.
In 1930, he moved to the United States, where he toured extensively, winning his first seventeen bouts there by knockout. George Godfrey broke the knockout streak in Philadelphia by losing to Carnera by disqualification in the fifth round. 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) Portuguese fighter. Carnera won the fight in a sixth-round knockout.In 1932, Carnera faced the tallest heavyweight in history up to that point, Santa Camarão, a
On 10 February 1933, he knocked out Ernie Schaaf in thirteen rounds in New York City. Schaaf died four days later.Schaaf had suffered a severe beating and knockout in a bout with future heavyweight champion Max Baer six months earlier, on 31 August 1932. Furthermore, an autopsy revealed that Schaaf had meningitis, a swelling of the brain, and was still recovering from a severe case of influenza when he entered the ring with Carnera.
For his next fight, Carnera faced the world heavyweight champion, Jack Sharkey, on June 29, at the Madison Square Garden Bowl in Queens, New York. Carnera became world champion by knocking out Sharkey in round six.
He retained the title against Paulino Uzcudun and Tommy Loughran, both by decision in 15 rounds, but in his next fight on 14 June 1934 against Max Baer, Carnera was knocked down multiple times in 11 rounds, before referee Arthur Donovon stopped the fight. There is disagreement regarding how many times Carnera was knocked down, with sources giving conflicting totals of 7, 10, 11 (per Associated Press) and 12 (per The Ring magazine founder Nat Fleischer, ringside for the fight, who wrote that Carnera was knocked down 12 times and slipped once after a missed punch).
After that, Carnera won his next four fights, three of them as part of a South American tour that took him to Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, as well as two exhibitions fought on the South American continent. But then, on 25 June 1935, he was knocked out in six rounds by Joe Louis.
For the next two and a half years, he won five and lost three of eight total fights. But in 1938, Carnera, a diabetic, had to have a kidney removed, which forced him into retirement by 1944.Carnera's record was 89 wins and 14 losses. His 72 wins by knockout made him a member of the exclusive club of boxers that won 50 or more bouts by knockout.
Carnera was the third European to hold the world heavyweight championship after Bob Fitzsimmons and Max Schmeling. He would be the last until Ingemar Johansson claimed the title against Floyd Patterson in 1959, over a quarter of a century later.
Carnera's 1933 title defense against Tommy Loughran held the record for the greatest weight differential between two combatants in a world title fight (86Ibs)for 73 years until the reign of Nikolai Valuev, who owns the current record for the 105½Ibs weight advantage he held in his 2006 defense against Monte Barrett.
Valuev also broke Carnera's record of 270Ibs to become the heaviest world champion in history, weighing as high as 328Ibs during his reign. Carnera still ranks as the second-heaviest, over eighty years after he held the title.
Carnera's 1933 title defense against Paulino Uzcudun in Italy was the first Heavyweight title fight to be held in Europe since Jack Johnson's title defence against Frank Moran in Paris in 1913. It would be the last such occasion until Muhammad Ali defended the title against Henry Cooper in London in 1966. Carnera-Uzcudun was the first World Heavyweight championship fight to be contested between two Europeans. It was not until Lennox Lewis defended the WBC heavyweight title against fellow-Englishman Frank Bruno in 1993, sixty years later, that this would occur again.
Trailing only Ezzard Charles and his 95 wins, Carnera holds the second-most victories of all heavyweight champions with 88. Carnera's 71 career knockouts is the most of any world heavyweight champion.
Carnera appeared in a short film in 1931. During his tenure as world champion he played a fictional version of himself in the 1933 film The Prizefighter and the Lady starring Max Baer and Myrna Loy. Here he plays the heavyweight champion who barely holds onto his title with a draw decision after a furious fight with Baer. The film was made just the year before Carnera fought Baer for real, in a bout that was as wild as the film version, but ended with a knockout loss for Carnera.
Carnera had a non-speaking bit part in the 1949 movie Mighty Joe Young.He played himself in the tug-of-war scene with the giant gorilla. After being pulled by the ape into a pool of water, Carnera throws a couple of futile punches to Joe's chin.
He also played a bully boy wrestler in Carol Reed's film A Kid for Two Farthings (1955) based around London's Petticoat Lane Market where he has a match against a local bodybuilder who is getting married to Diana Dors.
Primo appeared in at least 10 Italian films between 1939 and 1943,as well as several in the 1950s, like Prince Valiant, in the role of Sligon. His last screen role was as the giant Antaeus alongside Steve Reeves in Hercules Unchained (USA Title, filmed in Italy, 1959, original title Ercole e la regina di Lidia).
In 1945 he returned temporarily to boxing and won two fights. But the next year, after three losses against Luigi Musina his talent for wrestling was discovered. In 1946 he became a professional wrestler and was immediately a huge success at the box office. For several years he was one of the top draws in wrestling. Carnera continued to be an attraction into the 1960s. Max Baer attended at least one of Carnera's wrestling matches.Carnera won his debut on 22 August 1946, when he defeated Tommy O'Toole in California. On 23 October 1946, Carnera won his 41st consecutive wrestling match by defeating Jules Strongbow. On 19 November 1946, Carnera beat Harry Kruskamp to remain undefeated at 65-0-0.
Primo Carnera went 120 straight wrestling matches undefeated (119-0-1) before suffering his first loss to Yvon Robert in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on 20 August 1947. Carnera's greatest victory took place on 7 December 1947 when he defeated former world heavyweight champion Ed "Strangler" Lewis.
In May 1948, Carnera took a 143-1-1 record against world heavyweight champion Lou Thesz. Thesz defeated Carnera in a world title defense.
In The Ring , August 1962, page 38, Carnera "flattened" Ox Anderson in a heavyweight wrestling match in Los Angeles.
According to boxing historian Herbert Goldman, Carnera was "very much mob controlled."Carnera met his first serious heavyweight contender, Young Stribling, in 1929, and won when Stribling fouled him. In a rematch, he fouled Stribling. His 1930 fight against California club fighter Bombo Chevalier in Emeryville was considered fixed, and Carnera was banned from fighting in California. His 1930 match against George Godfrey was controversial, as Godfrey was disqualified in the sixth round when he was clearly getting the better of Carnera.
Time magazine, in a 5 October 1931 cover story on Carnera before he won the heavyweight title, commented on his odd career:
Since his arrival in the US, backed by a group of prosperous but shady entrepreneurs, Carnera's career has been less glorious than fantastic. His first opponents—Big Boy Peterson, Elzear Rioux, Cowboy Owens—were known to be incompetent but their feeble opposition to Carnera suggested that they had been bribed to lose. Suspicion concerning the Monster's abilities became almost universal when another adversary, Bombo Chevalier, stated that one of his own seconds had threatened to kill him unless he lost to Carnera. Against the huge, lazy, amiable Negro George Godfrey (249 lb), he won on a foul. But only one of 33 US opponents has defeated Monster Carnera—fat, slovenly Jimmy Maloney, whom Sharkey beat five years ago. In a return fight, at Miami last March, Carnera managed to outpoint Maloney.
Requiem for a Heavyweight , Rod Serling's 1956 Emmy Award-winning teleplay for Playhouse 90 directed by Ralph Nelson (who also won an Emmy), focused on down-and-out former heavyweight boxer Harlan "Mountain" McClintock. The travails of McClintock, who was played by Jack Palance (Sean Connery played the part on British television and Anthony Quinn essayed the role in the 1962 film), was thought by many boxing fans to resemble Carnera's life.
In 1947, fighting aficionado Budd Schulberg wrote The Harder They Fall , a novel about a giant boxer whose fights are fixed. It was adapted into Mark Robson's 1956 film, which starred Humphrey Bogart. A highlight was the appearance of Max Baer, playing a fighter the mob could not fix who destroys the giant in his first fair fight. Critics drew parallels with the real-life Baer-Carnera fight two decades before. In response, Carnera unsuccessfully sued the film's company.
Carnera was played by Matthew G. Taylor in the 2005 film Cinderella Man , a film about the life of fellow boxer James J. Braddock.
In 2008, the actor Andrea Iaia played Carnera in the Italian biographical film Carnera: The Walking Mountain , directed by Renzo Martinelli.
In 2013, Emporio Elaborazioni Meccaniche named a motorbike, the 1983 BMW R80RT Carnera, in honor of Carnera.
In 1947, Carnera , an Italian comic book series sporting a fictional version of Primo Carnera, was produced.In 1953, it was translated into German. A facsimile version was published in 2010.
Another popular Italian comic character, Dick Fulmine, was graphically inspired by Carnera.
Carnera is mentioned by Bertie Wooster in the 1934 novel Right Ho, Jeeves , by P.G. Wodehouse on p. 234.
In his 1933 collection of short stories Mulliner Nights , Wodehouse described one character as follows: "He was built on large lines, and seemed to fill the room to overflowing. In physique he was not unlike what Primo Carnera would have been if Carnera hadn't stunted his growth by smoking cigarettes when a boy."
The Yeasayer song Ambling Alp, from their 2010 album Odd Blood references Carnera by his nickname in the title and second verse. Both Carnera and German boxer Max Schmeling are referenced for their bouts with American Joe Louis.
The googolplex is jokingly said to have been defined as a one followed by a very large but specific number of zeros in order to ensure that Carnera would not be considered a better mathematician than Albert Einstein, implying that Carnera would defeat Einstein in an endurance contest.
|Loss||89–14||UD||8||12 May 1946||Gorizia, Italy|
|Loss||89–13||PTS||8||19 March 1946||Trieste, Italy|
|Loss||89–12||TKO||7||21 November 1945||Milan, Italy|
|Win||89–11||KO||1||25 September 1945||Trieste, Italy|
|Win||88–11||KO||3||22 July 1945||Udine, Italy|
|Win||87–11||KO||2 (10)||4 December 1937||Zirkus, Budapest, Hungary|
|Loss||86–11||PTS||10||18 November 1937||Salle Wagram, Paris, France|
|Loss||86–10||TKO||3 (10)||27 May 1936||Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York, USA|
|Loss||86–9||TKO||3 (10)||16 March 1936||Arena, Philadelphia, USA|
|Win||86–8||TKO||5 (10)||6 March 1936||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA|
|Win||85–8||TKO||4 (10)||1:06||9 December 1935||Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA|
|Win||84–8||UD||10||25 November 1935||Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Win||83–8||TKO||4 (15)||1 November 1935||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA|
|Loss||82–8||TKO||6 (15)||2:32||25 June 1935||Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York, USA|
|Win||82–7||TKO||9 (10)||15 March 1935||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA|
|Win||81–7||KO||6 (12)||22 January 1935||Estádio Manuel Schwartz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||80–7||KO||7 (10)||13 January 1935||Estádio da Floresta, São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||79–7||PTS||12||1 December 1934||Club Atlético Independiente, Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Loss||78–7||TKO||11 (15)||2:16||14 June 1934||Madison Square Garden Bowl, Long Island City, New York, USA||Lost NBA, NYSAC and World Heavyweight titles.|
|Win||78–6||UD||15||1 March 1934||Madison Square Garden Stadium, Miami, USA||Retained NBA, NYSAC and World Heavyweight titles.|
|Win||77–6||UD||15||22 October 1933||Piazza di Siena, Rome, Italy||Won IBU Heavyweight title.|
|Win||76–6||KO||6 (15)||2:27||29 June 1933||Madison Square Garden Bowl, Long Island City, New York, USA||Won NBA, NYSAC and World Heavyweight titles.|
|Win||75–6||KO||13 (15)||10 February 1933||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA||SCHAAF KILLED|
|Win||74–6||KO||1 (10)||30 December 1932||Fair Park Arena, Dallas, USA|
|Win||73–6||KO||1 (10)||20 December 1932||City Auditorium, Galveston, Texas, USA|
|Win||72–6||KO||2 (10)||19 December 1932||Fort Worth, Texas, USA|
|Win||71–6||KO||4 (10)||15 December 1932||City Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska, USA|
|Win||70–6||TKO||2 (10)||13 December 1932||Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA|
|Win||69–6||PTS||10||9 December 1932||Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|Win||68–6||KO||7 (10)||2:16||2 December 1932||Coliseum, St. Louis, Missouri, USA|
|Win||67–6||TKO||6 (10)||18 November 1932||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA|
|Win||66–6||KO||3 (10)||4 November 1932||Arena, Boston, USA|
|Win||65–6||KO||2 (10)||17 October 1932||Jefferson County Armory, Louisville, Kentucky, USA|
|Win||64–6||KO||6 (10)||13 October 1932||114th Infantry Armory, Camden, New Jersey, USA|
|Win||63–6||KO||4 (10)||7 October 1932||Benjamin Field Arena, Tampa, Florida, USA|
|Win||62–6||NWS||10||1 September 1932||Auditorium, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA|
|Win||61–6||KO||1 (10)||1:35||19 August 1932||Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA|
|Loss||60–6||PTS||10||16 August 1932||Dreamland Park, Newark, New Jersey, USA|
|Win||60–5||PTS||10||2 August 1932||Queensboro Stadium, Long Island City, New York, USA|
|Win||59–5||TKO||5 (10)||0:51||28 July 1932||Playground Arena, West New York, New Jersey, USA|
|Win||58–5||TKO||7 (10)||2:50||20 July 1932||Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York, USA|
|Loss||57–5||PTS||10||30 May 1932||White City Stadium, London, England, UK|
|Win||57–4||TKO||3 (10)||15 May 1932||San Siro, Milan, Italy|
|Win||56–4||TKO||10 (10)||29 April 1932||Palais des Sports, Paris, France|
|Win||55–4||PTS||10||7 April 1932||Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK|
|Win||54–4||KO||4 (10)||23 March 1932||Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK|
|Win||53–4||PTS||10||29 February 1932||Palais des Sports, Paris, France|
|Win||52–4||TKO||5 (10)||5 February 1932||Sportpalast, Berlin, Germany|
|Win||51–4||TKO||2 (10)||25 January 1932||Palais des Sports, Paris, France|
|Win||50–4||KO||2 (15)||1:27||27 November 1931||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA|
|Win||49–4||PTS||10||19 November 1931||Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|Loss||48–4||UD||15||12 October 1931||Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York, USA||This match was billed as being for the American Heavyweight title.|
|Win||48–3||KO||2 (10)||1:08||6 August 1931||Shellpot Park, Brandywine Hundred, Delaware, USA|
|Win||47–3||TKO||3 (10)||2:25||4 August 1931||Dreamland Park, Newark, New Jersey, USA|
|Win||46–3||KO||1 (10)||2:10||24 July 1931||Edgerton Park Arena, Rochester, New York, USA|
|Win||45–3||KO||2 (10)||2:35||30 June 1931||Mutual Street Arena, Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||44–3||KO||2 (10)||0:43||26 June 1931||Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA|
|Win||43–3||KO||1 (10)||2:24||15 June 1931||Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York, USA|
|Win||42–3||PTS||10||5 March 1931||Madison Square Garden Stadium, Miami, USA|
|Win||41–3||TKO||2 (6)||18 December 1930||Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK|
|Win||40–3||SD||10||30 November 1930||Estadio Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain|
|Loss||39–3||PTS||10||7 October 1930||Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA|
|Win||39–2||KO||4 (10)||17 September 1930||Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|Win||38–2||KO||2 (10)||1:16||8 September 1930||Velodrome, Newark, New Jersey, USA|
|Win||37–2||TKO||3 (15)||30 August 1930||Auditorium, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA|
|Win||36–2||KO||2 (10)||29 July 1930||Taylor Bowl, Cleveland, Ohio, USA|
|Win||35–2||KO||4 (10)||17 July 1930||Omaha, Nebraska, USA|
|Win||34–2||DQ||5 (10)||1:13||23 June 1930||Shibe Park, Philadelphia, USA|
|Win||33–2||KO||4 (10)||1:20||5 June 1930||Fairgrounds Coliseum, Detroit, Michigan, USA|
|Win||32–2||KO||1 (10)||22 April 1930||Ice Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, USA|
|Win||31–2||TKO||6 (10)||14 April 1930||Oaks Park, Emeryville, California, USA|
|Win||30–2||KO||2 (10)||0:40||8 April 1930||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, USA|
|Win||29–2||KO||1 (10)||2:18||28 March 1930||Stockyards Stadium, Denver, Colorado, USA|
|Win||28–2||KO||1 (10)||0:54||26 March 1930||Memphis, Tennessee, USA|
|Win||27–2||KO||1 (10)||1:51||20 March 1930||Jacksonville, Florida, USA|
|Win||26–2||KO||2 (10)||17 March 1930||Arena, St. Louis, Missouri, USA|
|Win||25–2||KO||2 (10)||1:15||11 March 1930||Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA|
|Win||24–2||KO||6 (10)||2:38||3 March 1930||Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Win||23–2||KO||2 (10)||1:22||24 February 1930||Heinemann Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA|
|Win||22–2||KO||2 (10)||1:45||17 February 1930||Coliseum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA|
|Win||21–2||KO||1 (8)||1:35||14 February 1930||Memphis, Tennessee, USA|
|Win||20–2||KO||2 (10)||0:56||11 February 1930||Arena, St. Louis, Missouri, USA|
|Win||19–2||KO||2 (10)||2:22||6 February 1930||Armory, Newark, New Jersey, USA|
|Win||18–2||KO||1 (10)||0:47||31 January 1930||Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|Win||17–2||KO||1 (10)||1:10||24 January 1930||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA|
|Win||16–2||TKO||6 (15)||17 December 1929||Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK|
|Loss||15–2||DQ||7 (10)||7 December 1929||Vélodrome d'hiver, Paris, France|
|Win||15–1||DQ||4 (15)||18 November 1929||Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK|
|Win||14–1||TKO||1 (8)||1:45||17 October 1929||Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK|
|Win||13–1||KO||3 (10)||18 September 1929||Salle Wagram, Paris, France|
|Win||12–1||KO||1||30 August 1929||Dieppe, Seine-Maritime, France|
|Win||11–1||TKO||4||25 August 1929||Arènes du Prado, Marseille, France|
|Win||10–1||UD||10||14 August 1929||Atocha, San Sebastián, Spain|
|Win||9–1||TKO||6 (10)||26 June 1929||Salle Wagram, Paris, France|
|Win||8–1||TKO||3 (10)||30 May 1929||Cirque de Paris, Paris, France|
|Win||7–1||PTS||10||22 May 1929||Salle Wagram, Paris, France|
|Loss||6–1||DQ||1 (10)||28 April 1929||Leipzig, Germany|
|Win||6–0||TKO||5 (8)||18 January 1929||Sportpalast, Berlin, Germany|
|Win||5–0||KO||3||1 December 1928||Vélodrome d'hiver, Paris, France|
|Win||4–0||UD||10||25 November 1928||Palazzo Dello Sport, Milan, Italy|
|Win||3–0||TKO||4 (10)||30 October 1928||Cirque de Paris, Paris, France|
|Win||2–0||KO||3||25 September 1928||Cirque de Paris, Paris, France|
|Win||1–0||TKO||2||12 September 1928||Salle Wagram, Paris, France||Carnera's professional debut.|
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Joe Gould was an American boxing manager best known for representing boxer James J. Braddock, dubbed "The Cinderella Man," who in 1935 upset Max Baer to become the World Heavyweight Champion. He also managed Lightweight contender Ray Miller from 1930–1933.
The Prizefighter and the Lady is a 1933 pre-Code Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer romance film starring Myrna Loy and the professional boxers Max Baer, Primo Carnera, and Jack Dempsey. The film was adapted for the screen by John Lee Mahin and John Meehan from a story by Frances Marion. Marion was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Story.
Stanley Poreda was a Jersey City boxer considered a top heavyweight contender in the early 1930s.
Ernie Schaaf was a professional boxer who was a heavyweight contender in the 1930s but died after a bout.
William Lawrence Stribling Jr., known as Young Stribling, was an American professional boxer in the Heavyweight division. He was the elder brother of fellow boxer Herbert "Baby" Stribling.
José Soares Santa, known as Santa Camarão or Zé Santa in Portugal, and as Jose Santa in the United States, was a Portuguese boxer. At 2.02 m he was one of the tallest heavyweight boxers in history.
Arthur Lakofsky, also known as Art Lasky, was a heavyweight professional boxer from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Luigi Musina was an Italian boxer.
Seal Harris was an African American heavyweight boxer who fought some of the top black boxers of the day and fought former colored heavyweight champion George Godfrey for the world colored heavyweight title vacated by Larry Gains. In the title bout held in Toronto, Canada's Arena Gardens on August 24, 1931, Godfrey prevailed by knocking out Harris at 1:35 in the second round.
Erminio Spalla was an Italian professional heavyweight boxer, film actor and singer.
Walter Neusel was a German heavyweight boxer. During his career he held the distinction of being recognized as German Heavyweight Champion. Statistical boxing website BoxRec rates Neusel as the sixth best German boxer ever across all weight divisions.
Auch als Comicheld hatte Carnera "Karriere" gemacht: Von 1953 bis 1954 erschien im Walter Lehning Verlag, Hannover, mit insgesamt 46 Heften die (ursprünglich aus Italien stammende) Piccolo-Serie "CARNERA"
Die Carnera-Beilage in der "Sprechblase"
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29 June 1933 – 14 June 1934