1951-05-25 Jimmy Carter w rsc 14 (15) Ike Williams, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY
1951-05-25 Jimmy Carter w rsc 14 (15) Ike Williams, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY. Referee: Petey Scalzo. In what was a huge shock to the public, the unfancied Carter (133) blasted the title away from Williams (135) at 2.49 of the 14th round when the referee decided that the latter was in no condition to defend himself. The fight had proceeded with a lack of incident for the opening four rounds, before Carter put Williams down for ‘five’ with a long right hand to the head. He was then dropped again in the fifth by heavy rights to the head. Thereafter, Williams was a beaten man and although he was put down again in the tenth he somehow stumbled along to the 14th when the fight eventually came to an end after he had arisen, almost senseless, from another bad knockdown.
Although Williams was announced as being 135lbs he had been unable to make that weight at the 2pm weigh-in, leaving the NYSAC to exercise its discretion in letting the fight go ahead. Having had to remove 20lbs fairly quickly left Williams in a weakened state, which would go some way to explaining his lacklustre performance, and after losing his next two contests, to Don Williams and Gil Turner, his career was all but over at the highest level.
Following the result, the NBA quickly gave Carter their blessing, especially as John L. Davis had been forced to retire, Freddie Dawson was fighting as a welter, and the new champion was prepared to defend against a top-three opponent.
It was later rumoured that Frankie Palermo, a man with mafia connections and Williams’ manager, also had a stake in Carter and later, in December 1960, at the Kefauver Committee hearings it also came to light that Williams had been offered a bribe to lose to Carter, but had refused.