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|Height||2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)|
|Reach||216 cm (85 in)|
|Born||October 26, 1906|
|Died||June 29, 1967 (aged 60)|
|Wins by KO||72|
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|Height||2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)|
|Reach||216 cm (85 in)|
|Born||October 26, 1906|
|Died||June 29, 1967 (aged 60)|
|Wins by KO||72|
Primo Carnera (Italian pronunciation: [ˈprimo karˈnɛra]; October 26, 1906 – June 29, 1967), nicknamed the Ambling Alp, was an Italian professional boxer and the World Heavyweight Champion from June 29, 1933 to June 14, 1934.
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, bordering Slovenia), 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). He fought at as much as 275 pounds (125 kg),. 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 (1.65 m) and in the United States 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m), 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."  His size earned him the nickname "The Ambling Alp." Time Magazine called him "The Monster".
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.
The year 1933 was one of the most important in Carnera's life. On February 10, he knocked out Ernie Schaaf in thirteen rounds in New York City. Schaaf died four 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 five and losing three of eight total fights. But in 1938, Carnera, a diabetic, had to have a kidney removed, which forced him into retirement until 1944.
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.
"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."
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.
In 1945, he attempted a comeback to boxing, and he won his first two fights, but after losing to Luigi Musina three 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.
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.
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.
On March 13, 1939, Carnera married Giuseppina Kovacic (1913 - 1980) (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.
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 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, 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).
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 his 1933 collection of short stories entitled "Mulliner Nights," P.G. Wodehouse wrote "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." 
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.
In 2013, Emporio Elaborazioni Meccaniche named a motorbike, the 1983 BMW R80RT Carnera, in honor of Primo.
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.
|Loss||88–14||Musina, LuigiLuigi Musina||UD||8||May 12, 1946||Gorizia, Italy|
|Loss||88–13||Musina, LuigiLuigi Musina||PTS||8||March 19, 1946||Trieste, Italy|
|Loss||88–12||Musina, LuigiLuigi Musina||TKO||7||November 21, 1945||Milan, Italy|
|Win||88–11||Sam Gardner||KO||1||September 25, 1945||Trieste, Italy|
|Win||87–11||Michel Blevens||KO||3||July 22, 1945||Udine, Italy|
|Win||86–11||Joseph Zupan||KO||2 (10)||December 4, 1937||Zirkus, Budapest, Hungary|
|Loss||85–11||Albert di Meglio||PTS||10||November 18, 1937||Salle Wagram, Paris, France|
|Loss||85–10||Leroy Haynes||TKO||3 (10)||May 27, 1936||Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York, USA|
|Loss||85–9||Leroy Haynes||TKO||3 (10)||March 16, 1936||Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Win||85–8||Isidoro Gastanaga||TKO||5 (10)||March 6, 1936||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA|
|Win||84–8||Big Boy Brackey||TKO||4 (10)||1:06||December 9, 1935||Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA|
|Win||83–8||Ford Smith||UD||10||November 25, 1935||Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Win||82–8||Walter Neusel||TKO||4 (15)||November 1, 1935||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA|
|Loss||81–8||Louis, JoeJoe Louis||TKO||6 (15)||2:32||June 25, 1935||Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York, USA|
|Win||81–7||Erwin Klausner||KO||6 (12)||January 22, 1935||Estádio Manuel Schwartz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||80–7||Harris, SealSeal Harris||KO||7 (10)||January 13, 1935||Estádio da Floresta, São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||79–7||Victorio Campolo||PTS||12||December 1, 1934||Club Atlético Independiente, Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Loss||78–7||Max Baer||TKO||11 (15)||2:16||June 14, 1934||Madison Square Garden Bowl, Long Island City, New York, USA||Lost NBA and NYSAC World Heavyweight titles.|
|Win||78–6||Loughran, TommyTommy Loughran||UD||15||March 1, 1934||Madison Square Garden Stadium, Miami, Florida, USA||Retained NBA and NYSAC World Heavyweight titles.|
|Win||77–6||Uzcudun, PaulinoPaulino Uzcudun||UD||15||October 22, 1933||Piazza di Siena, Rome, Italy||Won IBU Heavyweight title.|
|Win||76–6||Sharkey, JackJack Sharkey||KO||6 (15)||2:27||June 29, 1933||Madison Square Garden Bowl, Long Island City, New York, USA||Won NBA and NYSAC World Heavyweight titles.|
|Win||75–6||Schaaf, ErnieErnie Schaaf||KO||13 (15)||February 10, 1933||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA|
|Win||74–6||Young Spence||KO||1 (10)||December 30, 1932||Fair Park Arena, Dallas, Texas, USA|
|Win||73–6||James Merriott||KO||1 (10)||December 20, 1932||City Auditorium, Galveston, Texas, USA|
|Win||72–6||Joe Rice||KO||2 (10)||December 19, 1932||Fort Worth, Texas, USA|
|Win||71–6||KO Christner||KO||4 (10)||December 15, 1932||City Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska, USA|
|Win||70–6||Big Boy Peterson||TKO||2 (10)||December 13, 1932||Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA|
|Win||69–6||Levinsky, KingKing Levinsky||PTS||10||December 9, 1932||Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|Win||68–6||John Schwake||KO||7 (10)||2:16||December 2, 1932||Coliseum, St. Louis, Missouri, USA|
|Win||67–6||José Santa||TKO||6 (10)||November 18, 1932||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA|
|Win||66–6||Les Kennedy||KO||3 (10)||November 4, 1932||Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USA|
|Win||65–6||Jack Taylor||KO||2 (10)||October 17, 1932||Jefferson County Armory, Louisville, Kentucky, USA|
|Win||64–6||Gene Stanton||KO||6 (10)||October 13, 1932||114th Infantry Armory, Camden, New Jersey, USA|
|Win||63–6||Ted Sandwina||KO||4 (10)||October 7, 1932||Benjamin Field Arena, Tampa, Florida, USA|
|Win||62–6||Art Lasky||NWS||10||September 1, 1932||Auditorium, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA|
|Win||61–6||Jack Gagnon||KO||1 (10)||1:35||August 19, 1932||Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA|
|Loss||60–6||Poreda, StanleyStanley Poreda||PTS||10||August 16, 1932||Dreamland Park, Newark, New Jersey, USA|
|Win||60–5||Hans Birkie||PTS||10||August 2, 1932||Queensboro Stadium, Long Island City, New York, USA|
|Win||59–5||Jerry Pavelec||TKO||5 (10)||0:51||July 28, 1932||Playground Arena, West New York, New Jersey, USA|
|Win||58–5||Jack Gross||TKO||7 (10)||2:50||July 20, 1932||Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York, USA|
|Loss||57–5||Larry Gains||PTS||10||May 30, 1932||White City Stadium, London, England, UK|
|Win||57–4||Hans Schoenrath||TKO||3 (10)||May 15, 1932||San Siro, Milan, Italy|
|Win||56–4||Maurice Griselle||TKO||10 (10)||April 29, 1932||Palais des Sports, Paris, France|
|Win||55–4||Don McCorkindale||PTS||10||April 7, 1932||Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK|
|Win||54–4||George Cook||KO||4 (10)||March 23, 1932||Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK|
|Win||53–4||Pierre Charles||PTS||10||February 29, 1932||Palais des Sports, Paris, France|
|Win||52–4||Ernst Gühring||TKO||5 (10)||February 5, 1932||Sportpalast, Berlin, Germany|
|Win||51–4||Moise Bouquillon||TKO||2 (10)||January 25, 1932||Palais des Sports, Paris, France|
|Win||50–4||Victorio Campolo||KO||2 (15)||1:27||November 27, 1931||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA|
|Win||49–4||Levinsky, KingKing Levinsky||PTS||10||November 19, 1931||Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|Loss||48–4||Sharkey, JackJack Sharkey||UD||15||October 12, 1931||Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York, USA||This match was billed as being for the American Heavyweight title.|
|Win||48–3||Armando de Carolis||KO||2 (10)||1:08||August 6, 1931||Shellpot Park, Brandywine Hundred, Delaware, USA|
|Win||47–3||Roberto Roberti||TKO||3 (10)||2:25||August 4, 1931||Dreamland Park, Newark, New Jersey, USA|
|Win||46–3||Knute Hansen||KO||1 (10)||2:10||July 24, 1931||Edgerton Park Arena, Rochester, New York, USA|
|Win||45–3||Bud Gorman||KO||2 (10)||2:35||June 30, 1931||Mutual Street Arena, Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||44–3||Umberto Torriani||KO||2 (10)||0:43||June 26, 1931||Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA|
|Win||43–3||Pat Redmond||KO||1 (10)||2:24||June 15, 1931||Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York, USA|
|Win||42–3||Jim Maloney||PTS||10||March 5, 1931||Madison Square Garden Stadium, Miami, Florida, USA|
|Win||41–3||Reggie Meen||TKO||2 (6)||December 18, 1930||Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK|
|Win||40–3||Uzcudun, PaulinoPaulino Uzcudun||SD||10||November 30, 1930||Estadio Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain|
|Loss||39–3||Jim Maloney||PTS||10||October 7, 1930||Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA|
|Win||39–2||Jack Gross||KO||4 (10)||September 17, 1930||Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|Win||38–2||Pat McCarthy||KO||2 (10)||1:16||September 8, 1930||Velodrome, Newark, New Jersey, USA|
|Win||37–2||Riccardo Bertazzolo||TKO||3 (15)||August 30, 1930||Auditorium, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA|
|Win||36–2||George Cook||KO||2 (10)||July 29, 1930||Taylor Bowl, Cleveland, Ohio, USA|
|Win||35–2||Bearcat Wright||KO||4 (10)||July 17, 1930||Omaha, Nebraska, USA|
|Win||34–2||George Godfrey||DQ||5 (10)||1:13||June 23, 1930||Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Win||33–2||KO Christner||KO||4 (10)||1:20||June 5, 1930||Fairgrounds Coliseum, Detroit, Michigan, USA|
|Win||32–2||Sam Baker||KO||1 (10)||April 22, 1930||Ice Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, USA|
|Win||31–2||Leon Chevalier||TKO||6 (10)||April 14, 1930||Oaks Park, Emeryville, California, USA|
|Win||30–2||Neal Clisby||KO||2 (10)||0:40||April 8, 1930||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA|
|Win||29–2||Jack McAuliffe II||KO||1 (10)||2:18||March 28, 1930||Stockyards Stadium, Denver, Colorado, USA|
|Win||28–2||George Trafton||KO||1 (10)||0:54||March 26, 1930||Memphis, Tennessee, USA|
|Win||27–2||Frank Zaveta||KO||1 (10)||1:51||March 20, 1930||Jacksonville, Florida, USA|
|Win||26–2||Chuck Wiggins||KO||2 (10)||March 17, 1930||Arena, St. Louis, Missouri, USA|
|Win||25–2||Sully Montgomery||KO||2 (10)||1:15||March 11, 1930||Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA|
|Win||24–2||Roy Ace Clark||KO||6 (10)||2:38||March 3, 1930||Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Win||23–2||Farmer Lodge||KO||2 (10)||1:22||February 24, 1930||Heinemann Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA|
|Win||22–2||Johnny Erickson||KO||2 (10)||1:45||February 17, 1930||Coliseum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA|
|Win||21–2||Jim Sigman||KO||1 (8)||1:35||February 14, 1930||Memphis, Tennessee, USA|
|Win||20–2||Buster Martin||KO||2 (10)||0:56||February 11, 1930||Arena, St. Louis, Missouri, USA|
|Win||19–2||Billy Owens||KO||2 (10)||2:22||February 6, 1930||Armory, Newark, New Jersey, USA|
|Win||18–2||Elzear Rioux||KO||1 (10)||0:47||January 31, 1930||Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|Win||17–2||Big Boy Peterson||KO||1 (10)||1:10||January 24, 1930||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA|
|Win||16–2||Franz Diener||TKO||6 (15)||December 17, 1929||Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK|
|Loss||15–2||Stribling, YoungYoung Stribling||DQ||7 (10)||December 7, 1929||Vélodrome d'hiver, Paris, France|
|Win||15–1||Stribling, YoungYoung Stribling||DQ||4 (15)||November 18, 1929||Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK|
|Win||14–1||Jack Stanley||TKO||1 (8)||1:45||October 17, 1929||Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK|
|Win||13–1||Hermann Jaspers||KO||3 (10)||September 18, 1929||Salle Wagram, Paris, France|
|Win||12–1||Feodor Nikolaeff||KO||1||August 30, 1929||Dieppe, Seine-Maritime, France|
|Win||11–1||Joe Thomas||TKO||4||August 25, 1929||Arènes du Prado, Marseille, France|
|Win||10–1||José Leté||UD||10||August 14, 1929||Atocha, San Sebastián, Spain|
|Win||9–1||Jack Humbeeck||TKO||6 (10)||June 26, 1929||Salle Wagram, Paris, France|
|Win||8–1||Marcel Nilles||TKO||3 (10)||May 30, 1929||Cirque de Paris, Paris, France|
|Win||7–1||Moise Bouquillon||PTS||10||May 22, 1929||Salle Wagram, Paris, France|
|Loss||6–1||Franz Diener||DQ||1 (10)||April 28, 1929||Leipzig, Germany|
|Win||6–0||Ernst Roesemann||TKO||5 (8)||January 18, 1929||Sportpalast, Berlin, Germany|
|Win||5–0||Constant Barrick||KO||3||December 1, 1928||Vélodrome d'hiver, Paris, France|
|Win||4–0||Epifanio Islas||UD||10||November 25, 1928||Palazzo Dello Sport, Milan, Italy|
|Win||3–0||Salvatore Ruggirello||TKO||4 (10)||October 30, 1928||Cirque de Paris, Paris, France|
|Win||2–0||Joe Thomas||KO||3||September 25, 1928||Cirque de Paris, Paris, France|
|Win||1–0||Leon Sebilo||TKO||2||September 12, 1928||Salle Wagram, Paris, France||Carnera's professional debut.|
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