Primo Carnera (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpriːmo karˈnɛːra]; 26 October 1906 – 29 June 1967), nicknamed the Ambling Alp, was an Italian professional boxer and wrestler who reigned as the boxing World Heavyweight Champion from 29 June 1933 to 14 June 1934.

Primo Carnera
Primo Carnera.jpg
Height6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Reach85 in (216 cm)
Born(1906-10-26)26 October 1906
Sequals, Italy
Died29 June 1967(1967-06-29) (aged 60)
Sequals, Italy
Boxing record
Total fights103
Wins by KO72
No contests0


Personal lifeEdit

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]

On 13 March 1939, Carnera married Giuseppina Kovačič (1913–1980), a post office clerk from Gorizia.[2] 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]

Professional boxing careerEdit


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.[4] He fought at as much as 275 pounds (125 kg).[5] 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 one inch (2.5 cm) shorter than Willard, Carnera was around 40 lb (18 kg) heavier and was the heaviest champion in boxing history until Valuev.[6]

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),[7] 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."[8] His size earned him the nickname "The Ambling Alp".[9] Time magazine called him "The Monster".[10]

Primo Carnera silent newsreel 1933

World Heavyweight ChampionEdit

12 September 1928 was the date of Carnera's first professional fight, against Leon Sebilo, in Paris. Carnera won by knockout in round two.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13] In 1932, Carnera faced the tallest heavyweight in history up to that point, Santa Camarão, a 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) Portuguese fighter. Carnera won the fight in a sixth-round knockout.[14]

On 10 February 1933, he knocked out Ernie Schaaf in thirteen rounds in New York City. Schaaf died four days later.[15] 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.[16][17]

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.[18]

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).[19]

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 died in 1967 in his native town of a combination of liver disease and complications from diabetes.[20]

Legacy in boxingEdit

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 (86 lb or 39 kg)[21] for 73 years until the reign of Nikolai Valuev, who owns the current record for the 105 12 lb (47.9 kg) weight advantage he held in his 2006 defense against Monte Barrett.

Valuev also broke Carnera's record of 270 lb (120 kg) to become the heaviest world champion in history, weighing as high as 328 lb (149 kg) during his reign. Carnera still ranks as the second-heaviest, over eighty years after he held the title.[6]

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 careerEdit

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 silent 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]

Professional wrestling careerEdit

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.

Mob accusationsEdit

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.

Depictions in popular cultureEdit

In filmEdit

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 and Rod Steiger. 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 played himself in the 1949 movie Mighty Joe Young.

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 comicsEdit

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 literatureEdit

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 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.

In mathematicsEdit

The definition of the number googolplex was originally suggested by a child to be "one, followed by writing zeroes until you get tired." The mathematician involved, Edward Kasner, decided to adopt the more formal definition of 10(10100) because "different people get tired at different times and it would never do to have Carnera a better mathematician than Dr. Einstein, simply because he had more endurance and could write for longer."[39]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Result Record Opponent Type Round Time Date Location Notes
Loss 89–14   Luigi Musina UD 8 12 May 1946 Gorizia, Italy
Loss 89–13   Luigi Musina PTS 8 19 March 1946 Trieste, Italy
Loss 89–12   Luigi Musina TKO 7 21 November 1945 Milan, Italy
Win 89–11   Sam Gardner KO 1 25 September 1945 Trieste, Italy
Win 88–11   Michel Blevens KO 3 22 July 1945 Udine, Italy
Win 87–11   Joseph Zupan KO 2 (10) 4 December 1937 Zirkus, Budapest, Hungary
Loss 86–11   Albert di Meglio PTS 10 18 November 1937 Salle Wagram, Paris, France
Loss 86–10   Leroy Haynes TKO 3 (10) 27 May 1936 Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Loss 86–9   Leroy Haynes TKO 3 (10) 16 March 1936 Arena, Philadelphia, USA
Win 86–8   Isidoro Gastanaga TKO 5 (10) 6 March 1936 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
Win 85–8   Big Boy Brackey TKO 4 (10) 1:06 9 December 1935 Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA
Win 84–8   Ford Smith UD 10 25 November 1935 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Win 83–8   Walter Neusel TKO 4 (15) 1 November 1935 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
Loss 82–8   Joe Louis TKO 6 (15) 2:32 25 June 1935 Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York, USA
Win 82–7   Ray Impelletiere TKO 9 (10) 15 March 1935 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
Win 81–7   Erwin Klausner KO 6 (12) 22 January 1935 Estádio Manuel Schwartz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 80–7   Seal Harris KO 7 (10) 13 January 1935 Estádio da Floresta, São Paulo, Brazil
Win 79–7   Victorio Campolo PTS 12 1 December 1934 Club Atlético Independiente, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Loss 78–7   Max Baer TKO 11 (15) 2:16 14 June 1934 Madison Square Garden Bowl, Long Island City, New York, USA Lost NBA, NYSAC and lineal heavyweight titles
Win 78–6   Tommy Loughran UD 15 1 March 1934 Madison Square Garden Stadium, Miami, USA Retained NBA, NYSAC and lineal heavyweight titles
Win 77–6   Paulino Uzcudun UD 15 22 October 1933 Piazza di Siena, Rome, Italy Won IBU Heavyweight title.
Win 76–6   Jack Sharkey KO 6 (15) 2:27 29 June 1933  Madison Square Garden Bowl, Long Island City, New York, USA  Won NBA, NYSAC and lineal heavyweight titles
Win 75–6   Ernie Schaaf KO 13 (15) 10 February 1933 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA  SCHAAF KILLED
Win 74–6   Young Spence KO 1 (10) 30 December 1932 Fair Park Arena, Dallas, USA
Win 73–6   James Merriott KO 1 (10) 20 December 1932 City Auditorium, Galveston, Texas, USA
Win 72–6   Joe Rice KO 2 (10) 19 December 1932 Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Win 71–6   KO Christner KO 4 (10) 15 December 1932 City Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Win 70–6   Big Boy Peterson TKO 2 (10) 13 December 1932 Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Win 69–6   King Levinsky PTS 10 9 December 1932 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Win 68–6   John Schwake KO 7 (10) 2:16 2 December 1932 Coliseum, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Win 67–6   Jose Santa TKO 6 (10) 18 November 1932 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
Win 66–6   Les Kennedy KO 3 (10) 4 November 1932 Arena, Boston, USA
Win 65–6   Jack Taylor KO 2 (10) 17 October 1932 Jefferson County Armory, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Win 64–6   Gene Stanton KO 6 (10) 13 October 1932 114th Infantry Armory, Camden, New Jersey, USA
Win 63–6   Ted Sandwina KO 4 (10) 7 October 1932 Benjamin Field Arena, Tampa, Florida, USA
Win 62–6   Art Lasky NWS 10 1 September 1932 Auditorium, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Win 61–6   Jack Gagnon KO 1 (10) 1:35 19 August 1932 Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA
Loss 60–6   Stanley Poreda PTS 10 16 August 1932 Dreamland Park, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Win 60–5   Hans Birkie PTS 10 2 August 1932 Queensboro Stadium, Long Island City, New York, USA
Win 59–5   Jerry Pavelec TKO 5 (10) 0:51 28 July 1932 Playground Arena, West New York, New Jersey, USA
Win 58–5   Jack Gross TKO 7 (10) 2:50 20 July 1932 Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Loss 57–5   Larry Gains PTS 10 30 May 1932 White City Stadium, London, England, UK
Win 57–4   Hans Schoenrath TKO 3 (10) 15 May 1932 San Siro, Milan, Italy
Win 56–4   Maurice Griselle TKO 10 (10) 29 April 1932 Palais des Sports, Paris, France
Win 55–4   Don McCorkindale PTS 10 7 April 1932 Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK
Win 54–4   George Cook KO 4 (10) 23 March 1932 Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK
Win 53–4   Pierre Charles PTS 10 29 February 1932 Palais des Sports, Paris, France
Win 52–4   Ernst Gühring TKO 5 (10) 5 February 1932 Sportpalast, Berlin, Germany
Win 51–4   Moise Bouquillon TKO 2 (10) 25 January 1932 Palais des Sports, Paris, France
Win 50–4   Victorio Campolo KO 2 (15) 1:27 27 November 1931 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
Win 49–4   King Levinsky PTS 10 19 November 1931 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Loss 48–4   Jack Sharkey 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   Armando de Carolis KO 2 (10) 1:08 6 August 1931 Shellpot Park, Brandywine Hundred, Delaware, USA
Win 47–3   Roberto Roberti TKO 3 (10) 2:25 4 August 1931 Dreamland Park, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Win 46–3   Knute Hansen KO 1 (10) 2:10 24 July 1931 Edgerton Park Arena, Rochester, New York, USA
Win 45–3   Bud Gorman KO 2 (10) 2:35 30 June 1931 Mutual Street Arena, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 44–3   Umberto Torriani KO 2 (10) 0:43 26 June 1931 Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA
Win 43–3   Pat Redmond KO 1 (10) 2:24 15 June 1931 Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Win 42–3   Jim Maloney PTS 10 5 March 1931 Madison Square Garden Stadium, Miami, USA
Win 41–3   Reggie Meen TKO 2 (6) 18 December 1930 Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK
Win 40–3   Paulino Uzcudun SD 10 30 November 1930 Estadio Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain
Loss 39–3   Jim Maloney PTS 10 7 October 1930 Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Win 39–2   Jack Gross KO 4 (10) 17 September 1930 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Win 38–2   Pat McCarthy KO 2 (10) 1:16 8 September 1930 Velodrome, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Win 37–2   Riccardo Bertazzolo TKO 3 (15) 30 August 1930 Auditorium, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Win 36–2   George Cook KO 2 (10) 29 July 1930 Taylor Bowl, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Win 35–2   Bearcat Wright KO 4 (10) 17 July 1930 Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Win 34–2   George Godfrey DQ 5 (10) 1:13 23 June 1930 Shibe Park, Philadelphia, USA
Win 33–2   KO Christner KO 4 (10) 1:20 5 June 1930 Fairgrounds Coliseum, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Win 32–2   Sam Baker KO 1 (10) 22 April 1930 Ice Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, USA
Win 31–2   Leon Chevalier TKO 6 (10) 14 April 1930 Oaks Park, Emeryville, California, USA
Win 30–2   Neal Clisby KO 2 (10) 0:40 8 April 1930 Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, USA
Win 29–2   Jack McAuliffe II KO 1 (10) 2:18 28 March 1930 Stockyards Stadium, Denver, Colorado, USA
Win 28–2   George Trafton KO 1 (10) 0:54 26 March 1930 Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Win 27–2   Frank Zaveta KO 1 (10) 1:51 20 March 1930 Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Win 26–2   Chuck Wiggins KO 2 (10) 17 March 1930 Arena, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Win 25–2   Sully Montgomery KO 2 (10) 1:15 11 March 1930 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Win 24–2   Roy Ace Clark KO 6 (10) 2:38 3 March 1930 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Win 23–2   Farmer Lodge KO 2 (10) 1:22 24 February 1930 Heinemann Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Win 22–2   Johnny Erickson KO 2 (10) 1:45 17 February 1930 Coliseum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Win 21–2   Jim Sigman KO 1 (8) 1:35 14 February 1930 Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Win 20–2   Buster Martin KO 2 (10) 0:56 11 February 1930 Arena, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Win 19–2   Billy Owens KO 2 (10) 2:22 6 February 1930 Armory, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Win 18–2   Elzear Rioux KO 1 (10) 0:47 31 January 1930 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Win 17–2   Big Boy Peterson KO 1 (10) 1:10 24 January 1930 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
Win 16–2   Franz Diener TKO 6 (15) 17 December 1929 Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK
Loss 15–2   Young Stribling DQ 7 (10) 7 December 1929 Vélodrome d'hiver, Paris, France
Win 15–1   Young Stribling DQ 4 (15) 18 November 1929 Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK
Win 14–1   Jack Stanley TKO 1 (8) 1:45 17 October 1929 Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK
Win 13–1   Hermann Jaspers KO 3 (10) 18 September 1929 Salle Wagram, Paris, France
Win 12–1   Feodor Nikolaeff KO 1 30 August 1929 Dieppe, Seine-Maritime, France
Win 11–1   Joe Thomas TKO 4 25 August 1929 Arènes du Prado, Marseille, France
Win 10–1   José Leté UD 10 14 August 1929 Atocha, San Sebastián, Spain
Win 9–1   Jack Humbeeck TKO 6 (10) 26 June 1929 Salle Wagram, Paris, France
Win 8–1   Marcel Nilles TKO 3 (10) 30 May 1929 Cirque de Paris, Paris, France
Win 7–1   Moise Bouquillon PTS 10 22 May 1929 Salle Wagram, Paris, France
Loss 6–1   Franz Diener DQ 1 (10) 28 April 1929 Leipzig, Germany
Win 6–0   Ernst Roesemann TKO 5 (8) 18 January 1929 Sportpalast, Berlin, Germany
Win 5–0   Constant Barrick KO 3 1 December 1928 Vélodrome d'hiver, Paris, France
Win 4–0   Epifanio Islas UD 10 25 November 1928 Palazzo Dello Sport, Milan, Italy
Win 3–0   Salvatore Ruggirello TKO 4 (10) 30 October 1928 Cirque de Paris, Paris, France
Win 2–0   Joe Thomas KO 3 25 September 1928 Cirque de Paris, Paris, France
Win 1–0   Leon Sebilo TKO 2 12 September 1928 Salle Wagram, Paris, France Carnera's professional debut.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit


Professional wrestlingEdit

See alsoEdit


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