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Carnera, Primolocked

(26 October 1906–29 June 1967)
  • Luckett V. Davis

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Carnera, Primo (26 October 1906–29 June 1967), world heavyweight boxing champion, was born in Sequals, a town in northern Italy known for its mosaic industry, the son of Sante Carnera, who worked in that industry, and Giovanna Mazziol Carnera. Primo Carnera's native tongue was the Friulian dialect of northern Italy. His formal education having ended in the third grade, he had limited ability in reading and writing. In his early teens he left home to work for an uncle who lived in Le Mans, France, and earned his living there by performing menial tasks in the building trade. Tall—almost six feet seven inches—and powerfully built, he was working for a traveling circus by the time he was twenty-one years old; he was billed as "Juan the Unbeatable Spaniard," and daily met the challenges of all comers in boxing, wrestling, and weight-lifting....

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