Primo Carnera
Global ID12086
birthdate 1906-10-25
death date 1967-06-29 (60)
height6′ 5½″   /   197cm
reach85″   /   216cm
aliasThe Ambling Alp
country Italy
residenceSequals, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
birth placeSequals, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
won 88 (KO 71) + lost 14 (KO 5) + drawn 0 = 102
rounds boxed 519
Newspaper Decisions won 1 : lost : drawn
rounds boxed 10
Total Bouts 103 KO% 68.93

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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1946-05-12Luigi Musina33-6-4
Gorizia, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, ItalyLUD88
1946-03-19Luigi Musina31-6-4
Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, ItalyLPTS88
1945-11-21Luigi Musina28-5-4
Milan, Lombardia, ItalyLTKO78
Primo floored three times before the referee stopped the bout. Attendance 7,000.
1945-09-25Sam Gardner
San Sabba Stadium, Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, ItalyWKO14
1945-07-22Michel Blevens
Moretti Stadium, Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, ItalyWKO34
1937-12-04Joseph Zupan0-1-0
Budapest Zirkus, Budapest, HungaryWKO210
Zupan was a wrestler. Carnera knocked him out easily according to both Box-Sport, 14 December 1937, page 9, and Sport Tagblatt of Vienna. For some unknown reason the fight has been listed incorrectly in Carnera's record as a knockout loss.
1937-11-18Albert Di Meglio7-5-4
Salle Wagram, Paris, Paris, FranceLPTS1010
Attendance 3,000.
1936-05-27Leroy Haynes38-7-1
Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York, USALTKO910
time: 0:40 | referee: Arthur Donovan
Attendance 23,000.
1936-03-16Leroy Haynes36-7-1
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALTKO310
Attendance 10,000.
1936-03-06Isidoro Gastanaga50-24-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO510
referee: Arthur Donovan
Bout halted because of cuts, but NYSAC investigates whether it a fraud and whether in fact both fighters managed by Luis Sorisi.Attendance 9,500.
1935-12-09Big Boy Brackey14-2-2
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USAWTKO410
time: 1:06 | referee: Luke Carr | judge: Danny Russo | judge: John Krysinski
Timekeeper: Marve Smith; Announcer: Manny Weitz. Attendance 8,500.
1935-11-25Ford Smith28-13-7
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
referee: Toby Irwin
Attendance 7,000.
1935-11-01Walter Neusel43-3-5
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO410
time: 2:23 | referee: Arthur Donovan | judge: Bill Healy | judge: Billy Joh
Attendance 12,000.
1935-06-25Joe Louis19-0-0
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USALTKO615
time: 2:32 | referee: Arthur Donovan | judge: Charley Lynch | judge: Tommy Shortell
Carnera visited the canvas three times before becoming "utterly helpless, clinging to the top rope" when the bout was stopped. The New York Times.Attendance 60,000.
1935-03-15Ray Impelletiere7-3-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO910
time: 0:38 | referee: Jack Dempsey
"Referee Jack Dempsey stepped in to halt the bout just as Harry Lenny, the 'Imp's' manager, rushed into the ring to save his charge from further punishment." - Associated Press. Attendance 19,000.
1935-01-22Erwin Klausner19-6-3
Estadio Manoel Schwartz, Río de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilWKO612
referee: Luiz Souto
1935-01-13Seal Harris23-17-5
Estádio da Floresta, Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, BrazilWKO710
1934-12-01Victorio Campolo21-7-1
Club Atletico Independiente, Avellaneda, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaWPTS1212
Carnera, making his first appearance in Buenos Aires, had little trouble earning the decision in twelve rather tame rounds. Campolo put up a better fight than had been expected.New York Times Attendance 30,000.
1934-06-14Max Baer39-7-0
Madison Square Garden Bowl, Long Island City, Queens, New York, USALTKO1115
time: 2:16 | referee: Arthur Donovan | judge: Tommy Shawtell | judge: Charley Lynch
NYSAC World heavyweight title
National Boxing Association World heavyweight title
World heavyweight title
Nat Fleischer (inThe Ring, August 1934, page 47) claimed that Carnera was floored three times in round one, twice in round two (Carnera dragging Baer down both times). once in round three, and several more times in the last two rounds. Fleischer's account is not entirely clear and it appears that one or two paragraphs at the end may have been deleted by accident. Other accounts indicate that Carnera was down twice in round 10 and twice more in round 11, which would make a total of 10 knockdowns. Fleischer had Carnera winning rounds four, seven, and eight, Baer winning all of the others (unofficially). Attendance 56,000.

1934-03-01Tommy Loughran78-16-5
Madison Square Garden Stadium, Miami, Florida, USAWUD1515
referee: Leo Shea 10-1 | judge: Roy Latham 12-3 | judge: Colin McLaughlin 10-1
NYSAC World heavyweight title
National Boxing Association World heavyweight title
World heavyweight title
Attendance 12,000.

1933-10-22Paulino Uzcudun50-14-2
Piazza di Siena, Roma, Lazio, ItalyWUD1515
referee: Roger Nicod | judge: Juan Casanovas | judge: Edoardo Mazzia
EBU (European) heavyweight title
IBU World (1913 - 1946) heavyweight title
World Heavyweight Title
December 3, 1934, the Spanish Boxing Federation stripped Uzcudun of the title for refusing to risk it against Isidoro Gastanaga.Attendance 70,000.

1933-06-29Jack Sharkey35-8-2
Madison Square Garden Bowl, Long Island City, Queens, New York, USAWKO615
time: 2:27 | referee: Arthur Donovan | judge: James Buckley | judge: Charley Lynch
NYSAC World heavyweight title
National Boxing Association World heavyweight title
World heavyweight title
Attendance 40,000.

1933-02-10Ernie Schaaf54-12-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWKO1315
referee: Billy Cavanaugh
Attendance 20,000.
1932-12-30Young Spence10-7-1
Fair Park Arena, Dallas, Texas, USAWKO110
1932-12-20James Merriott4-1-0
City Auditorium, Galveston, Texas, USAWKO110
Merriott reportedly 23-2 going into this bout
1932-12-19Joe Rice4-1-0
Fort Worth, Texas, USAWKO210
North Side Coliseum.
1932-12-15KO Christner40-23-3
City Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska, USAWKO410
referee: Johnny Lee
Attendance 1,500.
1932-12-13Big Boy Peterson39-34-7
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USAWTKO210
Peterson "was the aggressor in the 1st round but Carnera took charge in the second." Peterson's "handlers threw a towel in the ring as he sank to the canvas for the fourth time." (The New York Times)
1932-12-09King Levinsky42-18-4
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWSD1010
referee: Eddie Purdy
Attendance 1,433.
1932-12-02John Schwake14-3-1
Coliseum, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWKO710
time: 2:16
From The Ring, February 1933, page 48. Carnera was a last-day sub for Tuffy Griffith, who was injured. Schwake down twice in first and claimed a foul. Bout then interrupted for 30 minutes while doctors examined him in dressing room.
1932-11-18Jose Santa60-14-4
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO610
referee: Jed Gahan
Santa down in the 2nd, 3rd and 6th, when the referee stopped it. "Needless to say Santa was relieved. He had been battered and hammered around the ring rather generously from the beginning, and judging by his expression, was rather tired of it". (New York Times)Attendance 6,000.
1932-11-04Les Kennedy41-16-0
Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWKO310
referee: Johnny Martin
1932-10-17Jack Taylor41-37-17
Jefferson County Armory, Louisville, Kentucky, USAWKO210
referee: Tommy Yum
Attendance 1,433.
1932-10-13Gene Stanton14-18-0
114th Armory, Camden, New Jersey, USAWKO610
Stanton was down 11 times. (14x in UP)
1932-10-07Ted Sandwina49-24-6
Benjamin Field Arena, Tampa, Florida, USAWKO410
referee: Lucien Byron
Attendance 2,500.
1932-09-01Art Lasky15-0-1
Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USAWNWS1010
referee: Mike Gibbons
Carnera won the newspaper decision. (Bismarck Tribune, AP)Attendance 4,000.
1932-08-19Jack Gagnon43-25-1
Mark's Stadium, Tiverton, Rhode Island, USAWKO110
time: 1:35
Attendance 5,000.
1932-08-16Stanley Poreda25-4-0
Dreamland Park, Newark, New Jersey, USALPTS1010
referee: Joe Mangold
Poreda spotted Carnera over 62 pounds. Commissioner George E. Keenen, who was ringside, suspended Referee Joe Mangold indefinitely for what was termed an "unpardonable decision." Carnera was warned in four rounds for roughness and back-handed blows, pulling and elbowing and drew the boos of the 15,000 spectators. "The decision given by Mangold was the worst I have ever seen," said Keenen. He can't possibly have any excuse for his action, and I have decided to suspend him and keep him suspended until he learns how to judge a fight."
1932-08-02Hans Birkie21-15-2
Queensboro Stadium, Long Island City, Queens, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Eddie Forbes | judge: James Buckley | judge: Bob Cunningham
"After jabbing and battering Birkie through seven of the 10 rounds in his own ponderous, clumbsy way, Carnera received the unanimous decision" (New York Times).
1932-07-28Jerry Pavelec4-9-0
Playgrounds Stadium, West New York, New Jersey, USAWTKO510
time: 0:51 | referee: Jimmy Manley
Bout stopped after Pavelec was floored for the eighth time. Attendance 18,500.
1932-07-20Jack Gross45-7-1
Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York, USAWTKO710
time: 2:50 | referee: Arthur Donovan
Attendance 5,000.
1932-05-30Larry Gains74-11-4
White City Stadium, White City, London, United KingdomLPTS1010x3
referee: Jack Hart
"A crowd of 70,000, setting a new all-time British record for boxing attendance, saw the Canadian outbox Primo all the way to win Referee Hart's decision at the finish." New York Times
1932-05-15Hans Schoenrath15-10-4
Stadio di San Siro, Milan, Lombardia, ItalyWTKO310
Attendance 20,000.
1932-04-30Maurice Griselle38-21-3
Palais des Sports, Paris, Paris, FranceWTKO1010
1932-04-07Don McCorkindale15-5-2
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United KingdomWPTS1010x3
referee: Moss Deyong
The Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Friday 08 April 1932 P 17
1932-03-23George Cook35-40-10
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United KingdomWKO410x3
referee: C.H. Douglas
"Cook was in bad shape after the knockout and it was some time before he recovered." New York Times Cook down in the first and third rounds.
1932-02-29Pierre Charles48-20-7
Palais des Sports, Paris, Paris, FranceWPTS1010
referee: Chavanne
1932-02-05Ernst Guehring28-2-8
Sportpalast, Schoeneberg, Berlin, GermanyWTKO510
Gühring could not continue because of injury to his ankle.
1932-01-25Moise Bouquillon38-11-0
Palais des Sports, Paris, Paris, FranceWTKO210
referee: Rene Schemann
Carnera floored Bouquillon three times.
1931-11-27Victorio Campolo17-5-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWKO215
time: 1:27 | referee: Gunboat Smith
The card was a benefit for Jewish charities and NYSAC attempted to create the "Dreadnaught World Title". Attendance 12,000.
1931-11-19King Levinsky39-13-4
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWUD1010
referee: Eddie Purdy
Carnera arrested after the fight in conjunction with a judgment against him of $3754 by Indiana fight promoter Geo. Blemer. Attendance 20,000.
1931-10-12Jack Sharkey33-8-2
Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York, USALUD1515
referee: Ed Smith | judge: George Kelly | judge: Charles F. Mathison
Carnera down in 4th. Billed as being for the American heavyweight title.Attendance 30,000.
1931-08-06Armando De Carolis11-16-1
Shellpot Park, Wilmington, Delaware, USAWKO210
time: 1:08 | referee: Joe Denny
1931-08-04Roberto Roberti32-12-7
Dreamland Park, Newark, New Jersey, USAWTKO310
time: 2:25 | referee: Gene Roman
Attendance 12,000.
1931-07-24Knute Hansen15-10-1
Edgerton Park Arena, Rochester, New York, USAWKO110
time: 2:10 | referee: King Mahoney | judge: Joe Oca | judge: Lou Smith
Hansen down 4 times.Attendance 5,000.
1931-06-30Bud Gorman35-13-4
Arena Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaWKO210
time: 2:35 | referee: Lou Marsh
"Gorman was down for two counts of nine and one of six before the finish came after two minutes and thirty-five seconds of the second round. A crowd of 5,000 gave Carnera an ovation after the battle." New York Times
1931-06-26Umberto Torriani1-11-2
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USAWKO210
time: 0:43 | referee: Dick Coffey | judge: John Krysinski | judge: Arthur Scott
Torriani down twice in the first round.Originally scheduled for June 25th at Bison Stadium - rain forced postponement and relocation to indoor venue. Attendance 6,000. Timekeeper: Marve Smith; Announcer: Manny Weitz.
1931-06-15Pat Redmond25-7-0
Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO110
time: 2:24 | referee: Billy 'Kid' McPartland
Gene Tunney, Floyd Gibbons and New York City Mayor James J. Walker attended this fight. New York Times Attendance 25,000.
1931-03-05Jim Maloney47-11-2
Madison Square Garden Stadium, Miami, Florida, USAWPTS1010
referee: Elmer Slim McClelland
Attendance 20,000.
1930-12-18Reggie Meen26-12-2
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United KingdomWTKO215x3
referee: Moss Deyong
Attendance 10,000.
1930-11-30Paulino Uzcudun41-9-2
Estadio Olímpico de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Cataluña, SpainWSD1010
referee: Moss Deyong | judge: Juan Casanovas | judge: Edoardo Mazzia
Attendance 90,000.
1930-10-07Jim Maloney46-10-2
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USALPTS1010
referee: Johnny Brassil
Attendance 12,000.
1930-09-17Jack Gross41-3-1
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO410
Gross was a southpaw but his style didn't seem to bother Carnera. Primo was well ahead in each round and put is opponent down for the full count in round four, the only knockdown in the fight. (Chicago Tribune, Bob Soderman). The result of one fight scheduled for this program (Nick Taft v. Jack Robinson) has not been located.Attendance 10,000.
1930-09-08Pat McCarthy45-27-6
Velodrome, Newark, New Jersey, USAWKO210
time: 1:16 | referee: Henry Lewis
Attendance 13,000.
1930-08-30Riccardo Bertazzolo16-7-2
Atlantic City Auditorium, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USAWTKO315
referee: Harry Ertle
Attendance 10,500.
1930-07-29George Cook28-35-10
Taylor Bowl, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWKO210
Attendance 10,000.
1930-07-17Bearcat Wright46-11-12
Omaha, Nebraska, USAWKO410
referee: Davy Miller
1930-06-23George Godfrey66-15-1
Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWDQ510
time: 1:13 | referee: Tommy Reilly
Attendance 40,000.
1930-06-05KO Christner21-6-0
Fairgrounds Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USAWKO410
time: 1:20 | referee: Elmer Slim McClelland
Attendance 18,000.
1930-04-22Sam Baker12-11-2
Ice Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, USAWKO110
Baker was knocked down five times before he was counted out.
1930-04-14Leon Bombo Chevalier19-10-4
Oaks Ballpark, Emeryville, California, USAWTKO610
referee: Toby Irwin
One of Chevalier's seconds, Bob Perry, threw in the towel, although it appeared to all that the boxer was in no worse condition than Carnera. "A bitter demonstration followed. Half a dozen fans attacked Perry, striking and kicking him. In the melee he suffered a cut under the eye. Fellow countrymen of Carnera's stood on chairs and shouted 'fake' and urged the huge Italian be made to fight over again." (AP) The boxing commission started an immediate investigation. Mrs. Chevalier told them her husband had been approached earlier to agree to a "fake fight," but that he had directed all business to his manager, Tim McGrath. McGrath declared he had no knowledge that Perry was going to throw in the towel, and that the towel should not have been thrown in. Carnera's purse was withheld.Attendance 10,000.
1930-04-08Neal Clisby40-17-13
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWKO210
time: 0:40 | referee: Larry McGrath
1930-03-28Jack McAuliffe II13-9-6
Stockyards Stadium, Denver, Colorado, USAWKO110
time: 2:18 | referee: Dan Darnell
Attendance 6,500.
1930-03-26George Trafton4-0-0
Convention Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, USAWKO110
time: 0:54
Attendance 8,000.
1930-03-20Frank Zaveta1-7-0
Jacksonville, Florida, USAWKO110
time: 1:51
Attendance 2,000.
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