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Primo Carnera (right) and the sculptor Francesco Libonati (left) in 1958 (Quaregnon - Belgium)
Personal information
Nationality: Italian
Date of birth: (1906-10-26)October 26, 1906
Place of birth: Sequals, Italy
Date of death: June 29, 1967(1967-06-29) (aged 60)
Place of death: Sequals, Italy
Personal Statistics
Rated at: Heavyweight
Reach: 216cm
Boxing career information

Primo Carnera (Italian pronunciation: [ˈprimo karˈnɛra]; October 26, 1906 – June 29, 1967) was an Italian boxer, nicknamed the Ambling Alp, who became the world heavyweight champion.

His career was controversial. Some believe Carnera was "owned" by underworld figures who manipulated his career by fixing his early fights not only for monetary gain but also to give him a shot at the world heavyweight title.

BiographyEdit

Born in Sequals, then in the Province of Udine, now in the Province of Pordenone, Friuli-Venezia Giulia (Italy), Carnera was touted in America as being 6' 7" tall and thus the tallest heavyweight in history (up until that time), but he was actually 6′ 5½″ tall (197 cm).[1] He fought at as much as 275 pounds (Bad rounding hereScript error kg),.[2] Until December 19, 2005, when the 7' 1", 147 kg Nikolay Valuev won the WBA title, Jess Willard who stood 6' 6½" was the tallest champion in boxing history.

At a time when the average height in Italy was approximately 5 ft 5 in (Script error m) and in the United States 5 ft 8 in (Script error m),[3] Carnera was considered a giant. Though an inch shorter than Willard, he was around 40 lbs heavier and was the heaviest champion before Valuev in boxing history.

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." [4] His size earned him the nickname "The Ambling Alp." Time Magazine called him "The Monster".

Boxing careerEdit

File:Primo Carnera silent newsreel 1933.ogv

September 12, 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 streak in Philadelphia by disqualification in the fifth round. Carnera lost a decision to Jim Maloney in Boston to finish 1930.

In 1932, Carnera faced the tallest heavyweight in history up to that point, Santa Camarão, a 6' 9" Portuguese fighter who was 312" taller. Carnera won the fight in a 6th-round decision

1933 was one of the most important years in Carnera's life. On February 10, he knocked out Ernie Schaaf in thirteen rounds in New York City. Schaaf died two days later. For his next fight, Carnera faced the world heavyweight champion Jack Sharkey. The championship date was June 29, at the Madison Square Garden Bowl at Long Island. Carnera became world champion by knocking out Sharkey in round six. The fight came under the eye of fans and sportswriters alike when the uppercut that KO'd Sharkey was believed not to have landed. Rumours of a mob fix were brought up causing some to maintain Sharkey threw the fight.

He retained the title against Paulino Uzcudun (who was attempting to become the first Basque world heavyweight champion) and Tommy Loughran, both by decision in 15 rounds, but in his next fight on June 14, 1934 against Max Baer, Carnera was knocked down 11 times and was defeated in 11 rounds.

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 in the southern American continent. But then, in his next fight of importance, on June 25, 1935, he was knocked out in six rounds by Joe Louis, who would become world heavyweight champion in 1937.

For the next two and a half years, he had a rather ordinary record, winning 5 and losing 3 of 8 total fights. But in 1938, Carnera, a diabetic, had to have a kidney removed, which forced him into retirement until 1944.

In 1941, Carnera was hand-picked by Mussolini to take part in a propaganda film in North Africa. In order "to prove the inferiority of Negro race" a boxing match was set up between Carnera and a 6 foot 3 inch Zulu POW by the name of Kay Masaki. Even though Masaki had no boxing experience, he went on to knock Carnera unconscious with one punch. [5]

Alleged mob influenceEdit

Carnera's manager, Lou Soresi, stole much of Carnera's money and left him nearly broke. Because of Soresi's connection to mobster Owney Madden, it has always been speculated across the boxing world that most of Carnera's fights were fixed. The book East Side, West Side: Tales of New York Sporting Life 1910-1960 took the rumors a step further, stating that "Most of the Italian giant's opponents were pushovers, paid to take a dive or too frightened to stand up for three minutes in a row". Jack Sharkey himself had to deny rumors about him taking a dive in his world championship fight with Carnera, swearing that he had not.

The rumors dogging Carnera started early in his career, after he arrived in the United States. Underworld figures began to exert control over boxing in New York in the period after the 1927 defeat of longtime champ Jack Dempsey by Gene Tunney, who retired from prizefighting after beating Dempsey in a 1928 rematch. From 1930 to 1933, the world heavyweight title was held by Max Schmeling and Jack Sharkey. Madden's lieutenants, by manipulating Carnera's early fights, were able to manufacture a sterling record that gave him a shot at the heavyweight title.

According to boxing historian Herbert Goldman, Carnera was "very much mob controlled."[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]

Time Magazine, in an October 5, 1931 cover story on Carnera before he won the heavyweight title, commented on his odd career.

"Since his arrival in the U. S., 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 U. S. 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."

Movie careerEdit

Carnera appeared in a short film in 1931 and had a role as himself in 1933 movie The Prizefighter and the Lady, which starred Max Baer and Myrna Loy. (Baer took the heavyweight crown from Carnera the year after the movie's release.) He appeared in many Italian films in the period of 1939 to 1942 and returned to Hollywood for a bit part as himself in Mighty Joe Young (1949). Back in the city of the stars, he acted in a number of movies. His later role in the 1955 British film A Kid for Two Farthings was critically acclaimed.

Attempted comeback and wrestling careerEdit

In 1945, he attempted a comeback to boxing, and he won his first 2 fights. But after losing to Luigi Musina 3 times in a row, he quit boxing for good. 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.

In 1946, he became a professional wrestler and was immediately a huge success at the box office. For a few years he was one of the top draws in wrestling. Carnera continued to be an attraction into the 1960s. Max Baer refereed at least one of his wrestling matches.[9]

Carnera wrestled from 1946 to 1962. He won his debut on August 22, 1946 when he defeated Tommy O'Toole in California. On October 23, 1946, Carnera won his 41st consecutive wrestling match by defeating Jules Strongbow. On November 19, 1946, Carnera beat Harry Kruskamp to remain undefeated at 65-0-0.

Primo Carnera won 120 straight wrestling matches (119-0-1) before suffering his first defeat to Yvon Robert in Montreal, Canada on August 20, 1947. Carnera's biggest victory was on December 7, 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 Ring Magazine, August 1962, page 38, Carnera "flattened" Ox Anderson in a heavyweight wrestling match in Los Angeles, California.

Carnera's wrestling career came to an end in October 1962. On October 17, he lost to Jess Ortega in Los Angeles, and on October 25 Carnera lost to The Destroyer. Following these losses Carnera retired from wrestling.

Personal lifeEdit

On March 13, 1939, Carnera married Giuseppina Kovacic (whose surname was changed to "Cavazzi" due to the Fascist regime).

In 1953 they became American citizens. They settled in Los Angeles, where Carnera opened a restaurant and a liquor store. They had two children, one of whom became a medical doctor.

Carnera died in 1967 in his native town of a combination of liver disease and complications from diabetes.

MoviesEdit

Carnera during his championship reign played a fictional version of himself in the 1933 film The Prizefighter and the Lady starring Max Baer and Myrna Loy. In the film, he plays the heavyweight champion who barely holds onto his title with a draw decision after a wild fight with Baer. The film, ironically, 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 KO loss for Carnera.

The movie Carnera: The Walking Mountain, directed by Italian director Renzo Martinelli, is the story of Primo Carnera's life, with Carnera's role played by Andrea Iaia. The world premiere of the movie [1] took place on April 22, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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 also appeared in at least 10 Italian films between 1939 and 1943,[10] as well as several in the 1950s, like Prince Valiant,[11] 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).[10]

Primo features in the 2005 film Cinderella Man, a film about the life of fellow boxer James J. Braddock.

Depictions in popular cultureEdit

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 assayed the role in the 1962 film), was thought by many boxing fans to resemble Carnera's life.

In 1947, fighting aficionado Budd Schulberg wrote his novel, The Harder They Fall, a story about a boxer whose fights are fixed. In 1956 a movie with the same name, and based on the novel, was released by Columbia Pictures. In response, Carnera unsuccessfully sued the movie company.

MusicEdit

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.

Professional boxing recordEdit

Result Record Opponent Type Round Time Date Location Notes
Loss 88–14 22x20px Musina, LuigiLuigi Musina UD 8 01946-05-12May 12, 1946 Gorizia, Italy
Loss 88–13 22x20px Musina, LuigiLuigi Musina PTS 8 01946-03-19March 19, 1946 Trieste, Italy
Loss 88–12 22x20px Musina, LuigiLuigi Musina TKO 7 01945-11-21November 21, 1945 Milan, Italy
Win 88–11 File:Unknown.png Sam Gardner KO 1 01945-09-25September 25, 1945 Trieste, Italy
Win 87–11 File:Unknown.png Michel Blevens KO 3 01945-07-22July 22, 1945 Udine, Italy
Win 86–11 22x20px Joseph Zupan KO 2 (10) 01937-12-04December 4, 1937 Zirkus, Budapest, Hungary
Loss 85–11 Argentina Albert di Meglio PTS 10 01937-11-18November 18, 1937 Salle Wagram, Paris, France
Loss 85–10 United States Leroy Haynes TKO 3 (10) 01936-05-27May 27, 1936 Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Loss 85–9 United States Leroy Haynes TKO 3 (10) 01936-03-16March 16, 1936 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Win 85–8 22x20px Isidoro Gastanaga TKO 5 (10) 01936-03-06March 6, 1936 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
Win 84–8 United States Big Boy Brackey TKO 4 (10) 1:06 01935-12-09December 9, 1935 Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA
Win 83–8 United States Ford Smith UD 10 01935-11-25November 25, 1935 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Win 82–8 United States Walter Neusel TKO 4 (15) 01935-11-01November 1, 1935 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
Loss 81–8 United States Louis, JoeJoe Louis TKO 6 (15) 2:32 01935-06-25June 25, 1935 Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York, USA
Win 81–7 22x20px Erwin Klausner KO 6 (12) 01935-01-22January 22, 1935 Estádio Manuel Schwartz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 80–7 United States Harris, SealSeal Harris KO 7 (10) 01935-01-13January 13, 1935 Estádio da Floresta, São Paulo, Brazil
Win 79–7 Argentina Victorio Campolo PTS 12 01934-12-01December 1, 1934 Club Atlético Independiente, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Loss 78–7 United States Max Baer TKO 11 (15) 2:16 01934-06-14June 14, 1934 Madison Square Garden Bowl, Long Island City, New York, USA Lost NBA and NYSAC World Heavyweight titles.
Win 78–6 United States Loughran, TommyTommy Loughran UD 15 01934-03-01March 1, 1934 Madison Square Garden Stadium, Miami, Florida, USA Retained NBA and NYSAC World Heavyweight titles.
Win 77–6 22x20px Uzcudun, PaulinoPaulino Uzcudun UD 15 01933-10-22October 22, 1933 Piazza di Siena, Rome, Italy Won IBU Heavyweight title.
Win 76–6 United States Sharkey, JackJack Sharkey KO 6 (15) 2:27 01933-06-29June 29, 1933  Madison Square Garden Bowl, Long Island City, New York, USA  Won NBA and NYSAC World Heavyweight titles.
Win 75–6 United States Schaaf, ErnieErnie Schaaf KO 13 (15) 01933-02-10February 10, 1933 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
Win 74–6 United States Young Spence KO 1 (10) 01932-12-30December 30, 1932 Fair Park Arena, Dallas, Texas, USA
Win 73–6 United States James Merriott KO 1 (10) 01932-12-20December 20, 1932 City Auditorium, Galveston, Texas, USA
Win 72–6 United States Joe Rice KO 2 (10) 01932-12-19December 19, 1932 Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Win 71–6 United States KO Christner KO 4 (10) 01932-12-15December 15, 1932 City Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Win 70–6 United States Big Boy Peterson TKO 2 (10) 01932-12-13December 13, 1932 Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Win 69–6 United States Levinsky, KingKing Levinsky PTS 10 01932-12-09December 9, 1932 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Win 68–6 United States John Schwake KO 7 (10) 2:16 01932-12-02December 2, 1932 Coliseum, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Win 67–6 22x20px José Santa TKO 6 (10) 01932-11-18November 18, 1932 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
Win 66–6 United States Les Kennedy KO 3 (10) 01932-11-04November 4, 1932 Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Win 65–6 United States Jack Taylor KO 2 (10) 01932-10-17October 17, 1932 Jefferson County Armory, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Win 64–6 United States Gene Stanton KO 6 (10) 01932-10-13October 13, 1932 114th Infantry Armory, Camden, New Jersey, USA
Win 63–6 United States Ted Sandwina KO 4 (10) 01932-10-07October 7, 1932 Benjamin Field Arena, Tampa, Florida, USA
Win 62–6 United States Art Lasky NWS 10 01932-09-01September 1, 1932 Auditorium, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Win 61–6 22x20px Jack Gagnon KO 1 (10) 1:35 01932-08-19August 19, 1932 Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA
Loss 60–6 United States Poreda, StanleyStanley Poreda PTS 10 01932-08-16August 16, 1932 Dreamland Park, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Win 60–5 22x20px Hans Birkie PTS 10 01932-08-02August 2, 1932 Queensboro Stadium, Long Island City, New York, USA
Win 59–5 United States Jerry Pavelec TKO 5 (10) 0:51 01932-07-28July 28, 1932 Playground Arena, West New York, New Jersey, USA
Win 58–5 United States Jack Gross TKO 7 (10) 2:50 01932-07-20July 20, 1932 Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Loss 57–5 22x20px Larry Gains PTS 10 01932-05-30May 30, 1932 White City Stadium, London, England, UK
Win 57–4 22x20px Hans Schoenrath TKO 3 (10) 01932-05-15May 15, 1932 San Siro, Milan, Italy
Win 56–4 22x20px Maurice Griselle TKO 10 (10) 01932-04-29April 29, 1932 Palais des Sports, Paris, France
Win 55–4 22x20px Don McCorkindale PTS 10 01932-04-07April 7, 1932 Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK
Win 54–4 22x20px George Cook KO 4 (10) 01932-03-23March 23, 1932 Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK
Win 53–4 22x20px Pierre Charles PTS 10 01932-02-29February 29, 1932 Palais des Sports, Paris, France
Win 52–4 22x20px Ernst Gühring TKO 5 (10) 01932-02-05February 5, 1932 Sportpalast, Berlin, Germany
Win 51–4 22x20px Moise Bouquillon TKO 2 (10) 01932-01-25January 25, 1932 Palais des Sports, Paris, France
Win 50–4 Argentina Victorio Campolo KO 2 (15) 1:27 01931-11-27November 27, 1931 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
Win 49–4 United States Levinsky, KingKing Levinsky PTS 10 01931-11-19November 19, 1931 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Loss 48–4 United States Sharkey, JackJack Sharkey UD 15 01931-10-12October 12, 1931 Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York, USA This match was billed as being for the American Heavyweight title.
Win 48–3 22x20px Armando de Carolis KO 2 (10) 1:08 01931-08-06August 6, 1931 Shellpot Park, Brandywine Hundred, Delaware, USA
Win 47–3 22x20px Roberto Roberti TKO 3 (10) 2:25 01931-08-04August 4, 1931 Dreamland Park, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Win 46–3 22x20px Knute Hansen KO 1 (10) 2:10 01931-07-24July 24, 1931 Edgerton Park Arena, Rochester, New York, USA
Win 45–3 United States Bud Gorman KO 2 (10) 2:35 01931-06-30June 30, 1931 Mutual Street Arena, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 44–3 22x20px Umberto Torriani KO 2 (10) 0:43 01931-06-26June 26, 1931 Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA
Win 43–3 United States Pat Redmond KO 1 (10) 2:24 01931-06-15June 15, 1931 Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Win 42–3 United States Jim Maloney PTS 10 01931-03-05March 5, 1931 Madison Square Garden Stadium, Miami, Florida, USA
Win 41–3 United Kingdom Reggie Meen TKO 2 (6) 01930-12-18December 18, 1930 Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK
Win 40–3 22x20px Uzcudun, PaulinoPaulino Uzcudun SD 10 01930-11-30November 30, 1930 Estadio Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain
Loss 39–3 United States Jim Maloney PTS 10 01930-10-07October 7, 1930 Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Win 39–2 United States Jack Gross KO 4 (10) 01930-09-17September 17, 1930 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Win 38–2 United States Pat McCarthy KO 2 (10) 1:16 01930-09-08September 8, 1930 Velodrome, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Win 37–2 22x20px Riccardo Bertazzolo TKO 3 (15) 01930-08-30August 30, 1930 Auditorium, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Win 36–2 22x20px George Cook KO 2 (10) 01930-07-29July 29, 1930 Taylor Bowl, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Win 35–2 United States Bearcat Wright KO 4 (10) 01930-07-17July 17, 1930 Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Win 34–2 United States George Godfrey DQ 5 (10) 1:13 01930-06-23June 23, 1930 Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Win 33–2 United States KO Christner KO 4 (10) 1:20 01930-06-05June 5, 1930 Fairgrounds Coliseum, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Win 32–2 United States Sam Baker KO 1 (10) 01930-04-22April 22, 1930 Ice Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, USA
Win 31–2 United States Leon Chevalier TKO 6 (10) 01930-04-14April 14, 1930 Oaks Park, Emeryville, California, USA
Win 30–2 United States Neal Clisby KO 2 (10) 0:40 01930-04-08April 8, 1930 Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
Win 29–2 United States Jack McAuliffe II KO 1 (10) 2:18 01930-03-28March 28, 1930 Stockyards Stadium, Denver, Colorado, USA
Win 28–2 United States George Trafton KO 1 (10) 0:54 01930-03-26March 26, 1930 Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Win 27–2 United States Frank Zaveta KO 1 (10) 1:51 01930-03-20March 20, 1930 Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Win 26–2 United States Chuck Wiggins KO 2 (10) 01930-03-17March 17, 1930 Arena, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Win 25–2 United States Sully Montgomery KO 2 (10) 1:15 01930-03-11March 11, 1930 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Win 24–2 United States Roy Ace Clark KO 6 (10) 2:38 01930-03-03March 3, 1930 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Win 23–2 United States Farmer Lodge KO 2 (10) 1:22 01930-02-24February 24, 1930 Heinemann Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Win 22–2 22x20px Johnny Erickson KO 2 (10) 1:45 01930-02-17February 17, 1930 Coliseum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Win 21–2 United States Jim Sigman KO 1 (8) 1:35 01930-02-14February 14, 1930 Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Win 20–2 United States Buster Martin KO 2 (10) 0:56 01930-02-11February 11, 1930 Arena, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Win 19–2 United States Billy Owens KO 2 (10) 2:22 01930-02-06February 6, 1930 Armory, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Win 18–2 22x20px Elzear Rioux KO 1 (10) 0:47 01930-01-31January 31, 1930 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Win 17–2 United States Big Boy Peterson KO 1 (10) 1:10 01930-01-24January 24, 1930 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
Win 16–2 22x20px Franz Diener TKO 6 (15) 01929-12-17December 17, 1929 Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK
Loss 15–2 United States Stribling, YoungYoung Stribling DQ 7 (10) 01929-12-07December 7, 1929 Vélodrome d'hiver, Paris, France
Win 15–1 United States Stribling, YoungYoung Stribling DQ 4 (15) 01929-11-18November 18, 1929 Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK
Win 14–1 United Kingdom Jack Stanley TKO 1 (8) 1:45 01929-10-17October 17, 1929 Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK
Win 13–1 22x20px Hermann Jaspers KO 3 (10) 01929-09-18September 18, 1929 Salle Wagram, Paris, France
Win 12–1 22x20px Feodor Nikolaeff KO 1 01929-08-30August 30, 1929 Dieppe, Seine-Maritime, France
Win 11–1 22x20px Joe Thomas TKO 4 01929-08-25August 25, 1929 Arènes du Prado, Marseille, France
Win 10–1 22x20px José Leté UD 10 01929-08-14August 14, 1929 Atocha, San Sebastián, Spain
Win 9–1 22x20px Jack Humbeeck TKO 6 (10) 01929-06-26June 26, 1929 Salle Wagram, Paris, France
Win 8–1 22x20px Marcel Nilles TKO 3 (10) 01929-05-30May 30, 1929 Cirque de Paris, Paris, France
Win 7–1 22x20px Moise Bouquillon PTS 10 01929-05-22May 22, 1929 Salle Wagram, Paris, France
Loss 6–1 22x20px Franz Diener DQ 1 (10) 01929-04-28April 28, 1929 Leipzig, Germany
Win 6–0 22x20px Ernst Roesemann TKO 5 (8) 01929-01-18January 18, 1929 Sportpalast, Berlin, Germany
Win 5–0 22x20px Constant Barrick KO 3 01928-12-01December 1, 1928 Vélodrome d'hiver, Paris, France
Win 4–0 Argentina Epifanio Islas UD 10 01928-11-25November 25, 1928 Palazzo Dello Sport, Milan, Italy
Win 3–0 Italy Salvatore Ruggirello TKO 4 (10) 01928-10-30October 30, 1928 Cirque de Paris, Paris, France
Win 2–0 22x20px Joe Thomas KO 3 01928-09-25September 25, 1928 Cirque de Paris, Paris, France
Win 1–0 22x20px Leon Sebilo TKO 2 01928-09-12September 12, 1928 Salle Wagram, Paris, France Carnera's professional debut.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

BoxingEdit

Professional wrestlingEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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

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