Primo Carnera

Primo Carnera

Italian boxer, former world heavyweight champion
Date of Birth: 26.10.1906
Country: Italy

Biography of Primo Carnera

Primo Carnera, an Italian boxer and former world champion in heavyweight, was born in 1906 in Sequals, Province of Pordenone, Italy. From a young age, Carnera was noticeably taller and heavier than his peers, which led him to pursue a career in sports. After trying various sports, he found success in boxing.

Primo Carnera

Carnera's towering height of two meters and weight of approximately 140 kilograms, which exceeded the standard weight of a heavyweight by almost 20 kilograms, made him stand out in the ring. He took pride in his physical attributes, and the audience was fascinated by the sight of such a giant in the boxing ring. Carnera often made headlines with his outrageous eating habits, claiming to consume a liter of orange juice, a liter of milk, 19 slices of toast, 14 eggs, a loaf of fresh bread, and a kilogram of meat for breakfast.

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His professional boxing career began on September 12, 1928, when he fought against Leon Sebilo in Paris. Carnera ended the fight with a right hook in the second round, impressing the crowd and earning the nickname "The Alpine Wanderer." He embarked on a winning streak, occasionally interrupted by humiliating defeats. Rumors circulated that Carnera had connections with the mafia, which was confirmed when a man in a cloak approached the ring during one of his fights, revealing a Colt revolver. This intervention helped Carnera secure victory, leaving him surprised by his supposed "luck."

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In the 1930s, Carnera ventured to America, where he continued to face dubious acquaintances. After 26 fights, he decided to leave the United States to allow the public to forget about him due to negative associations. Rumors circulated about his criminal friends exploiting the good-natured athlete. During this period, Carnera's boxing tactics were controlled by those higher up. He fought 26 matches in one year, including 7 in December. Unfortunately, the public no longer believed in his victories, considering them bought, and his defeats prearranged.

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In 1933, an incident occurred that slightly altered public opinion. During a fight against Ernie Schaaf, Carnera delivered an uppercut that knocked out his opponent, who died several days later. The newspapers were filled with sensational headlines, but Carnera remained silent, giving no interviews but shedding tears. A few months later, he became the world champion by defeating Jack Sharkey in the sixth round via knockout. As usual, rumors circulated about the fight being fixed, but only the mafia knew the truth and had certainly used Carnera as their pawn.

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However, his reign as champion was short-lived. In the same year, Carnera lost the title to Max Baer after successfully defending it twice. Following this loss, Carnera embarked on a winning streak against Latin American fighters. He traveled around South America, only accepting fights against well-known and respected opponents. By this time, he had lost interest in boxing and was solely driven by the desire to earn money for a new life.

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In 1938, Carnera underwent kidney removal surgery but continued to compete in boxing. In 1946, he transitioned to wrestling, a promising new sport. Over the next 15 years, Carnera participated in wrestling matches, proving his dominance. In 1953, he became a U.S. citizen, but eventually returned to his hometown of Sequals to live a peaceful life. Primo Carnera passed away on June 29, 1967, due to kidney problems. He had also made several appearances in films, with his most notable roles being in "Mighty Joe Young" and "A Kid for Two Farthings."

Primo Carnera

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