Better All-Around Fighter: Primo Carnera or Riddick Bowe?

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Who was the better all-around fighter, Primo Carnera or Riddick Bowe?

  1. Primo Carnera

  2. Riddick Bowe

  3. They were equally good all-around fighters

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  1. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven Boxing Junkie Full Member

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  2. he grant

    he grant Historian/Film Maker Full Member

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    Bowe
    Lewis
    Vitali
    Wlad
    Joshua
    Fury


    This is without scratching the surface ..
     
  3. choklab

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    Come on, your going to put Fury there already! Surly that is a mistake? It must be a blooper.

    His body of work includes punching himself in the face, suffering knockdowns against Cunningham and a Canadian guy. He was whipped by chisora and McDermott but got the decision, failed a drugs test...but he is a good singer, I’ll give him that much.

    Think of the body of work Carnera has by comparison.


    Joshua is still learning on the job. You gonna boost a kid this early? That’s a sure fire way to end up with egg on your face isn’t it?
     
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    Bowe, Lewis, Vitali, Wlad, Joshua.

    To his credit though, Primo was a top five Italian Superheavyweight. Definitely better than Pianeta but worse head to head than Damiani.
     
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    Lol had to pick two current fighters. I’m dead :lol:
     
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    #NeverForget
     
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  8. Unforgiven

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    Gotta love Bert Sugar.
     
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    There really haven't been that many super heavyweights if the standard is 6'5 and up .. perhaps you can name the one's he was better than .. BTW I forgot Wilder .. if we were going to set the bar at 6'3" and 215 or more than

    Ali
    Foreman
    Norton
    Holmes
    Witherspoon
    Bruno
    Tubbs
    McCall
    Thomas
    Page
    Golata
    Lyle
    Bugner
    Carl Williams
    Michael Grant
    Shannon Briggs


    Really the shorter list by far is who he could beat ..
     
  10. janitor

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    Let's look at who people did beat.

    Carnera beat better opposition than most of the fighters on that list, so a prediction that he could not beat them must be viewed as speculative at best.
     
  11. janitor

    janitor Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Not sure that you should use that one!
     
  12. SuzieQ49

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    Primo Carnera vs an Eddie Futch trained fighter?

    Thanks for the laugh
     
  13. reznick

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    Carnera had a trainer that trained fighters that beat Futch trained fighters.

    Reality can be sobering.
     
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    Too bad primo was so stiff, uncoordinated and unathletic he never taught primo how to dominate much smaller man in a weak era

    It didn’t help that primo couldn’t hit hard and couldn’t take a punch

    Watch Anthony Joshua compared to primo
     
  15. reznick

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    He did have a ridiculous schedule. 33 fights in one year. He fought almost all the boogey men of the division.

    I don’t understand the comparison, but Carnera is probably less stiff than AJ, who himself is not exactly the model for an elastic fighter.
     
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