|Height||1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)|
|Reach||216 cm (85 in)|
October 26, 1906|
June 29, 1967
|Wins by KO||72|
Primo Carnera (Italian pronunciation: ; 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.
- Personal life 1
- Boxing career 2.1
- Acting career 2.2
- Wrestling career 2.3
- Accusations 3
Depictions in popular culture 4
- In film 4.1
- In comics 4.2
- In music 4.3
- In mathematics 4.4
- Professional boxing record 5
Championships and accomplishments 6
- Boxing 6.1
- Professional wrestling 6.2
- See also 7
- References 8
- External links 9
On March 13, 1939, Carnera married Giuseppina Cavazzi (1913 - 1980).
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 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 lb 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. 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 in Queens, New York. 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. Sharkey himself would later confess to having taken a dive.
He retained the title against Paulino Uzcudun (who was attempting to become the first Spanish 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 by 1944.
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 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, 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.
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.
Moreover, Primo 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).
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.
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 went 120 straight wrestling matches undefeated (119-0-1) before suffering his first loss to Yvon Robert in Montreal, Canada, on August 20, 1947. Carnera's greatest victory took place 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. Consequently, Carnera retired from professional sports.
According to boxing historian Herbert Goldman, Carnera was "very much mob controlled." Carnera met his first serious heavyweight contender,
World Heavyweight Champion
June 29, 1933 – June 14, 1934
- Datos y curiosidades sobre Primo Carnera en espanol.
- Carnera: The Walking Mountain at the Internet Movie Database
- Primo Carnera Photos
- Professional boxing record for Primo Carnera from BoxRec
- Primo Carnera at Find a Grave
- "Primo Carnera - Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia". Boxrec.com. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
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- Steckel, Richard H. "A History of the Standard of Living in the United States". Retrieved 20 March 2015.
- Cinderella Man: James J. Braddock, Max Baer, and the Greatest Upset in ... - Jeremy Schaap - Google Boeken. Books.google.com. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- , February 1948SportThe Strange Case of Carnera, By Jack Sher,
- "Primo Carnera". www.wrestlingdata.com. Retrieved 2014-10-03.
- Bodner, Alan (1997). When Boxing Was a Jewish Sport. Praeger Publishers. p. 133.
- Johnston, Chuck. "Famous 'fixes' in boxing history....". BoxRec. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
- "Primo Carnera vs. George Godfrey". BoxingRec. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
- Sherrin, Ned (Ed.), The Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations, Oxford University Press, 2012.
"Primo Carnera". Retrieved 27 October 2014.
Auch als Comicheld hatte Carnera "Karriere" gemacht: Von 1953 bis 1954 erschien im Walter Lehning Verlag, Hannover, mit insgesamt 46 Heften die (ursprünglich aus Italien stammende) Piccolo-Serie "CARNERA"
"Primo Carnera". Retrieved 27 October 2014.
Die Carnera-Beilage in der "Sprechblase"
- Edward Kasner & James R. Newman (1940) Mathematics and the Imagination, page 23, NY: Simon & Schuster
- NWA San Francisco
- NWA Hollywood Wrestling
New York State Athletic Commission
- NYSAC World Heavyweight Championship (June 29, 1933 – June 14, 1934)
National Boxing Association
- NBA World Heavyweight Championship (June 29, 1933 – June 14, 1934)
International Boxing Union
- IBU Heavyweight Championship (October 22, 1933 – June 21, 1935; vacated)
Championships and accomplishments
|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||Jose 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.|
Professional boxing record
The googolplex is jokingly said to have been defined as a one followed by a very large but very specific number of zeros in order to ensure that Carnera would not be considered a better mathematician that Albert Einstein, Implying that Carnera would defeat Einstein in an endurance contest.
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 2013, Emporio Elaborazioni Meccaniche named a motorbike, the 1983 BMW R80RT Carnera, in honor of Primo.
In 1947, fighting aficionado Budd Schulberg wrote his novel, The Harder They Fall, a story about a giant boxer whose fights are fixed. In 1956 a movie with the same name, and based on the novel, was released by Columbia Pictures. A highlight was the appearance of Max Baer, playing a fighter the mob could not fix and destroying 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 movie company.
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."
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.
Depictions in popular culture
"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."
Time Magazine, in an October 5, 1931 cover story on Carnera before he won the heavyweight title, commented on his odd career.