1951-11-14 Jimmy Carter w pts 15 Art Aragon, Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA - WORLD
1951-11-14 Jimmy Carter w pts 15 Art Aragon, Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA - WORLD. Referee: Mushy Callahan. Scorecards: 88-77, 88-77, 88½-76½. The challenger made a reasonable start, but by the fourth round Carter (134¼) had begun to put his punches together better priot to having his rival over with a left hook in the sixth. Although coming back strongly from the knockdown Aragon (134¼) was eventually drawn in to close-quarter action where he was second best, and in a torrid 12th session he was forced to defend himself against the torrent of blows until Carter temporarily tired and the pace dropped. At that point, with Aragon, the Californian ‘Golden Boy’, having very little left the 13th saw him take another battering, his head being rocked back and forth before he managed to struggle through to the final bell to hear the unanimous verdict go against him. Both men finished with facial damage, Aragon being cut over the right eye with his left eye almost closed, while Carter carried a cut left eye from the sixth round.
Getting back into action Carter took in three non-title contests, the last one being against his leading challenger as far as The Ring magazine was concerned. Luther Rawlings, who had taken over the number-one spot after beating Virgil Akins in December, followed that up with a win over Enrique Bolanos before meeting Carter. The 22-year-old prospect had overcome all the odds after making a full recovery from a serious automobile injury, and although Carter took the ten-round split decision at The Stadium, Chicago, Illinois on 12 March 1952 the majority of the crowd thought the decision wrong, showing their displeasure in no uncertain terms. Afterwards, Carter admitted that Rawlings was the best fighter he had met up to then, but was uncertain as to whether he would give him a crack at the title. Winning just seven of his next 29 contests before calling it a day, Rawlings never did get a championship fight. However, he would be remembered for his excellent display against Carter.
Carter’s next defence would be against Lauro Salas, rated as the number-four featherweight in The Ring magazine ratings, and a fighter with limitless energy who seemed to get stronger the longer a fight went on. Despite losing his last contest to Art Aragon, and having lost 23 fights in 82, he had wins over top men such as Bobby Dykes, Buddy Jacklich, Manuel Ortiz (twice), Jock Leslie (twice), Dave Gallardo, Rudy Garcia, Carlos Chavez, Fabela Chavez and Jackie Blair.