Primo Carnera

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Primo Carnera
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Primo Carnera
Weight(s) Heavyweight
Height6 ft 5 12 in (197 cm)
Reach85 in (216 cm)
Born(1906-10-26)26 October 1906
Sequals, Italy
Died29 June 1967(1967-06-29) (aged 60)
Sequals, Italy
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights103
Wins by KO72
No contests0

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 combat sport

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.


Personal life

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. [1]

Sequals Comune in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, 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.

Province of Udine Province in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

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.

Province of Pordenone Province in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

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. [2]

Gorizia Comune in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

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. [3]

Los Angeles City in California

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. [4]

Liver vital organ in vertebrates and some other animals

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. [5] He fought at as much as 275 pounds (125 kg). [6] 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. [7]

Jess Willard American boxer

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 Valuev Russian politician

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), [8] 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." [9] His size earned him the nickname "The Ambling Alp". [10] Time magazine called him "The Monster". [11]

Boxing career

Primo Carnera silent newsreel 1933

12 September 1928 was the date of Carnera's first professional fight, against Leon Sebilo, in Paris. Carnera won by knockout in round two. [12] 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. [13]

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. [14] In 1932, Carnera faced the tallest heavyweight in history up to that point, Santa Camarão, a 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) Portuguese fighter. Carnera won the fight in a sixth-round knockout. [15]

On 10 February 1933, he knocked out Ernie Schaaf in thirteen rounds in New York City. Schaaf died four days later. [16] 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. [17] [18]

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. [19]

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). [20]

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. [2] 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) [21] 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. [7]

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. [22]

Acting career

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. [23]

Carnera had a non-speaking bit part in the 1949 movie Mighty Joe Young. [23] 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, [24] as well as several in the 1950s, like Prince Valiant, [25] 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). [26]

Wrestling career

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. [27] 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. [28] 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." [29] 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. [30] 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. [31]

Time magazine, in a 5 October 1931 cover story on Carnera before he won the heavyweight title, commented on his odd career: [32]

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.

In film

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. [33]

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. [34]

In comics

In 1947, Carnera , an Italian comic book series sporting a fictional version of Primo Carnera, was produced. [35] In 1953, it was translated into German. [36] A facsimile version was published in 2010. [37]

Another popular Italian comic character, Dick Fulmine, was graphically inspired by Carnera. [35]

In literature

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." [38]

In music

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.

In mathematics

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. [39]

Professional boxing record

Loss89–14 Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Luigi Musina UD812 May 1946 Gorizia, Italy
Loss89–13 Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Luigi Musina PTS819 March 1946 Trieste, Italy
Loss89–12 Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Luigi Musina TKO721 November 1945 Milan, Italy
Win89–11 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Sam GardnerKO125 September 1945Trieste, Italy
Win88–11 Flag of France.svg Michel BlevensKO322 July 1945 Udine, Italy
Win87–11 Flag of Yugoslavia (1918-1943).svg Joseph ZupanKO2 (10)4 December 1937Zirkus, Budapest, Hungary
Loss86–11 Flag of Argentina.svg Albert di MeglioPTS1018 November 1937 Salle Wagram, Paris, France
Loss86–10 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Leroy HaynesTKO3 (10)27 May 1936 Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Loss86–9 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Leroy HaynesTKO3 (10)16 March 1936 Arena, Philadelphia, USA
Win86–8 Flag of Spain.svg Isidoro GastanagaTKO5 (10)6 March 1936 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
Win85–8 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Big Boy BrackeyTKO4 (10)1:069 December 1935Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA
Win84–8 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Ford SmithUD1025 November 1935Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Win83–8 Flag of Germany.svg Walter Neusel TKO4 (15)1 November 1935Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
Loss82–8 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Joe Louis TKO6 (15)2:3225 June 1935 Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York, USA
Win82–7 Flag of the United States.svg Ray ImpelletiereTKO9 (10)15 March 1935Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
Win81–7 Flag of Estonia.svg Erwin KlausnerKO6 (12)22 January 1935 Estádio Manuel Schwartz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win80–7 Flag of the United States.svg Seal Harris KO7 (10)13 January 1935Estádio da Floresta, São Paulo, Brazil
Win79–7 Flag of Argentina.svg Victorio CampoloPTS121 December 1934Club Atlético Independiente, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Loss78–7 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Max Baer TKO11 (15)2:1614 June 1934 Madison Square Garden Bowl, Long Island City, New York, USALost NBA, NYSAC and World Heavyweight titles.
Win78–6 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Tommy Loughran UD151 March 1934Madison Square Garden Stadium, Miami, USARetained NBA, NYSAC and World Heavyweight titles.
Win77–6 Flag of Spain.svg Paulino Uzcudun UD1522 October 1933Piazza di Siena, Rome, ItalyWon IBU Heavyweight title.
Win76–6 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Jack Sharkey KO6 (15)2:2729 June 1933 Madison Square Garden Bowl, Long Island City, New York, USA Won NBA, NYSAC and World Heavyweight titles.
Win75–6 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Ernie Schaaf KO13 (15)10 February 1933Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA SCHAAF KILLED
Win74–6 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Young SpenceKO1 (10)30 December 1932Fair Park Arena, Dallas, USA
Win73–6 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg James MerriottKO1 (10)20 December 1932City Auditorium, Galveston, Texas, USA
Win72–6 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Joe RiceKO2 (10)19 December 1932 Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Win71–6 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg KO ChristnerKO4 (10)15 December 1932City Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Win70–6 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Big Boy PetersonTKO2 (10)13 December 1932 Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Win69–6 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg King Levinsky PTS109 December 1932 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Win68–6 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg John SchwakeKO7 (10)2:162 December 1932 Coliseum, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Win67–6 Flag of Portugal.svg Jose Santa TKO6 (10)18 November 1932Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
Win66–6 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Les KennedyKO3 (10)4 November 1932 Arena, Boston, USA
Win65–6 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Jack TaylorKO2 (10)17 October 1932 Jefferson County Armory, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Win64–6 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Gene StantonKO6 (10)13 October 1932114th Infantry Armory, Camden, New Jersey, USA
Win63–6 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Ted SandwinaKO4 (10)7 October 1932Benjamin Field Arena, Tampa, Florida, USA
Win62–6 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Art Lasky NWS 101 September 1932 Auditorium, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Win61–6 Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg Jack GagnonKO1 (10)1:3519 August 1932 Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA
Loss60–6 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Stanley Poreda PTS1016 August 1932Dreamland Park, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Win60–5 Flag of Germany (3-2 aspect ratio).svg Hans BirkiePTS102 August 1932Queensboro Stadium, Long Island City, New York, USA
Win59–5 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Jerry PavelecTKO5 (10)0:5128 July 1932Playground Arena, West New York, New Jersey, USA
Win58–5 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Jack GrossTKO7 (10)2:5020 July 1932Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Loss57–5 Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg Larry Gains PTS1030 May 1932 White City Stadium, London, England, UK
Win57–4 Flag of Germany (3-2 aspect ratio).svg Hans SchoenrathTKO3 (10)15 May 1932 San Siro, Milan, Italy
Win56–4 Flag of France.svg Maurice GriselleTKO10 (10)29 April 1932Palais des Sports, Paris, France
Win55–4 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Don McCorkindalePTS107 April 1932 Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK
Win54–4 Flag of Australia (converted).svg George CookKO4 (10)23 March 1932Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK
Win53–4 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Pierre CharlesPTS1029 February 1932Palais des Sports, Paris, France
Win52–4 Flag of Germany (3-2 aspect ratio).svg Ernst GühringTKO5 (10)5 February 1932 Sportpalast, Berlin, Germany
Win51–4 Flag of France.svg Moise BouquillonTKO2 (10)25 January 1932Palais des Sports, Paris, France
Win50–4 Flag of Argentina.svg Victorio CampoloKO2 (15)1:2727 November 1931Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
Win49–4 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg King Levinsky PTS1019 November 1931Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Loss48–4 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Jack Sharkey UD1512 October 1931Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York, USAThis match was billed as being for the American Heavyweight title.
Win48–3 Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Armando de CarolisKO2 (10)1:086 August 1931 Shellpot Park, Brandywine Hundred, Delaware, USA
Win47–3 Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Roberto RobertiTKO3 (10)2:254 August 1931Dreamland Park, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Win46–3 Flag of Denmark.svg Knute HansenKO1 (10)2:1024 July 1931 Edgerton Park Arena, Rochester, New York, USA
Win45–3 Flag of the United States.svg Bud GormanKO2 (10)2:3530 June 1931 Mutual Street Arena, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win44–3 Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Umberto TorrianiKO2 (10)0:4326 June 1931Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA
Win43–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Pat RedmondKO1 (10)2:2415 June 1931Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Win42–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Jim MaloneyPTS105 March 1931Madison Square Garden Stadium, Miami, USA
Win41–3 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Reggie Meen TKO2 (6)18 December 1930Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK
Win40–3 Flag of Spain (1785-1873, 1875-1931).svg Paulino Uzcudun SD1030 November 1930Estadio Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain
Loss39–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Jim MaloneyPTS107 October 1930 Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Win39–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Jack GrossKO4 (10)17 September 1930Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Win38–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Pat McCarthyKO2 (10)1:168 September 1930 Velodrome, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Win37–2 Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Riccardo BertazzoloTKO3 (15)30 August 1930Auditorium, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Win36–2 Flag of Australia (converted).svg George CookKO2 (10)29 July 1930Taylor Bowl, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Win35–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Bearcat WrightKO4 (10)17 July 1930 Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Win34–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg George Godfrey DQ5 (10)1:1323 June 1930 Shibe Park, Philadelphia, USA
Win33–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg KO ChristnerKO4 (10)1:205 June 1930 Fairgrounds Coliseum, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Win32–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Sam BakerKO1 (10)22 April 1930Ice Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, USA
Win31–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Leon ChevalierTKO6 (10)14 April 1930 Oaks Park, Emeryville, California, USA
Win30–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Neal ClisbyKO2 (10)0:408 April 1930 Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, USA
Win29–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Jack McAuliffe IIKO1 (10)2:1828 March 1930Stockyards Stadium, Denver, Colorado, USA
Win28–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg George TraftonKO1 (10)0:5426 March 1930 Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Win27–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Frank ZavetaKO1 (10)1:5120 March 1930 Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Win26–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Chuck WigginsKO2 (10)17 March 1930 Arena, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Win25–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Sully MontgomeryKO2 (10)1:1511 March 1930 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Win24–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Roy Ace ClarkKO6 (10)2:383 March 1930 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Win23–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Farmer LodgeKO2 (10)1:2224 February 1930 Heinemann Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Win22–2 Flag of Sweden.svg Johnny EricksonKO2 (10)1:4517 February 1930Coliseum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Win21–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Jim SigmanKO1 (8)1:3514 February 1930 Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Win20–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Buster MartinKO2 (10)0:5611 February 1930Arena, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Win19–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Billy OwensKO2 (10)2:226 February 1930Armory, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Win18–2 Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg Elzear RiouxKO1 (10)0:4731 January 1930Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Win17–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Big Boy PetersonKO1 (10)1:1024 January 1930Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
Win16–2 Flag of Germany (3-2 aspect ratio).svg Franz DienerTKO6 (15)17 December 1929Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK
Loss15–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Young Stribling DQ7 (10)7 December 1929 Vélodrome d'hiver, Paris, France
Win15–1 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Young Stribling DQ4 (15)18 November 1929Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK
Win14–1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jack StanleyTKO1 (8)1:4517 October 1929Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK
Win13–1 Flag of Germany (3-2 aspect ratio).svg Hermann JaspersKO3 (10)18 September 1929Salle Wagram, Paris, France
Win12–1 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Feodor NikolaeffKO130 August 1929 Dieppe, Seine-Maritime, France
Win11–1 Flag of France.svg Joe ThomasTKO425 August 1929Arènes du Prado, Marseille, France
Win10–1 Flag of Spain.svg José LetéUD1014 August 1929Atocha, San Sebastián, Spain
Win9–1 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Jack HumbeeckTKO6 (10)26 June 1929Salle Wagram, Paris, France
Win8–1 Flag of France.svg Marcel NillesTKO3 (10)30 May 1929Cirque de Paris, Paris, France
Win7–1 Flag of France.svg Moise BouquillonPTS1022 May 1929Salle Wagram, Paris, France
Loss6–1 Flag of Germany (3-2 aspect ratio).svg Franz DienerDQ1 (10)28 April 1929 Leipzig, Germany
Win6–0 Flag of Germany (3-2 aspect ratio).svg Ernst RoesemannTKO5 (8)18 January 1929Sportpalast, Berlin, Germany
Win5–0 Flag of France.svg Constant BarrickKO31 December 1928Vélodrome d'hiver, Paris, France
Win4–0 Flag of Argentina.svg Epifanio IslasUD1025 November 1928Palazzo Dello Sport, Milan, Italy
Win3–0 Flag of Italy.svg Salvatore RuggirelloTKO4 (10)30 October 1928Cirque de Paris, Paris, France
Win2–0 Flag of France.svg Joe ThomasKO325 September 1928Cirque de Paris, Paris, France
Win1–0 Flag of France.svg Leon SebiloTKO212 September 1928Salle Wagram, Paris, FranceCarnera's professional debut.

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Preceded by
Jack Sharkey
World Heavyweight Champion
29 June 1933 – 14 June 1934
Succeeded by
Max Baer