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Primo Carnera
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Boxer
    (October 26, 1906-June 29, 1967)
    Born in Sequals, Italy
    World Heavyweight Champion (1933-34)
    Pro record: 89 wins (72 by knockout), 14 losses
    6 ft 8-3/4 in, 284 pounds
    Nicknamed 'the Ambling Alp'
    Appeared in the films 'The Prizefighter and the Lady' (1933), 'The Iron Crown' (1941), 'Harlem' (1943), 'Casanova's Big Night' (1954), 'A Kid for Two Farthings' (1955) and 'Hercules Unchained' (1959)
    Author Paul Gallico called him 'never anything more than a fourth-rater at prize fighting.'
    His rise to the title was aided by a number of fixed fights.
    Boxer Eddie Schaaf died two days after Carnera knocked him out (1933).
    He was successfully sued by a Soho waitress for 'breach of promise.' (1933)
    He unsuccessfully sued Columbia Pictures to stop the release of 'The Harder They Fall,' a story about corruption in boxing featuring a fighter based on Carnera (1956).
    He joined the anti-fascist underground in Italy during World War II.
    He retired from boxing after having a kidney removed due to diabetes.
    His manager stole the money he earned boxing.
    He had a successful second career as a popular pro wrestler.

Credit: C. Fishel


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