Primo Carnera vs. Ernie Schaaf

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Primo Carnera 250 lbs beat Ernie Schaaf 207 lbs by KO at 0:51 in round 13 of 15

  • Date: 1933-02-10
  • Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
  • Referee: Billy Cavanaugh



Schaaf suffers an inter-cranial hemorrhage and his left side becomes paralyzed. He underwent an operation to remove a blood clot from his brain and relieve pressure. He died on the 14th at the Polyclinic Hospital. Governor Lehman ordered an immediate investigation, and there were threats of once again repealing prize-fighting in New York State, as well as threats to disbar Carnera due to his immense size. General John J. Phelan and William Muldoon announced that the "super-dreadnaught" class for oversized heavyweights, first organized in 1931, would be re-established and that Carnera could fight opponents only from this class. Meanwhile, there remained some discrepancy over the exact cause of death: some medical experts saying it was caused by injuries received during this bout; others that Shaaf already had some tumor, cyst, lesion or old injury of the brain which contributed to his death. In fact, Schaaf had suffered a bout of influenza leading up to the fight and was in a weakened state.