1952-04-01 Jimmy Carter w pts 15 Lauro Salas, Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA - WORLD
1952-04-01 Jimmy Carter w pts 15 Lauro Salas, Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA - WORLD. Referee: Abe Roth. Scorecards: 87-78, 84½-80½, 86½-81½. Returning to California for another defence of his title, Carter (134) began slowly before jolting Salas (131) with short uppercuts and hooks in the third round, only to be forced to ship some solid rights to the head in the fourth. After having some further success in the fifth, Salas was given a lesson in the following seven sessions as Carter ripped into him with stiff, jolting jabs and belting left hooks and uppercuts. Despite all of that Salas began to come back in the 13th and in the 15th he became a fighting demon, smashing Carter to the deck for ‘three’ with a heavy right and punching it out with the champion until the final bell. While Salas made a big play of it at the finish, the unanimous decision in Carter’s favour would have come as no surprise to those who understood the art of judging.