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. Although the challenger made a reasonable start, by the fourth round Carter (134¼) had begun to put his punches together better and in the sixth he had his rival over with a left hook. While 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, Aragon, the Californian ‘Golden Boy’, had very little left and 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 were concerned. Luther Rawlings had taken over the number-one spot after beating Virgil Akins in December and 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 and 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, but 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. Although 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.