Primo Carnera

Primo Carnera (Italian pronunciation: [ˈprimo karˈnɛra]; October 26, 1906 – June 29, 1967) was an Italian boxer, nicknamed the Ambling Alp, who became the world heavyweight champion. His career was controversial, as many believe he was "owned" by underworld figures who manipulated his career by fixing his early fights to bolster his record to give him a shot at the title. Born in Sequals, then in the Province of Udine, now Province of Pordenone, Friuli-Venezia Giulia (Italy), Carnera was touted in America as being 6'7" tall and thus the tallest heavweight 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 ft 1 in, 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 69.2 inches, Carnera was considered a giant. Though an inch shorter than Willard, he was around 40 lbs heavier and was the heaviest champion before Valuev in boxing history.


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