1952-05-14 Lauro Salas w pts 15 Jimmy Carter, Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, Ca, USA - WORLD

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1952-05-14 Lauro Salas w pts 15 Jimmy Carter, Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, Ca, USA - WORLD. Referee: Frankie Van. Scorecards: 84-81, 83½-81½, 82-83. Just six weeks later Carter (134) again defended his title against Salas (131) in California, but this time came away minus his crown. Attacking strongly from the start, Salas had a big second round when staggering the champion with heavy rights to the head before the two of them went toe to toe right up to the 11th when the Mexican got his second wind. The last four sessions saw Salas, cut over the left eye in the ninth, swinging away almost non-stop as Carter, who had been the more cautious of the pair, tried desperately to match him punch for punch without too much success. The real turning point came after Carter’s left eye went in the 13th and a cracking overarm right buckled his legs in the 14th, leaving him with too much to do in the last round.

On 23 September, at Madison Square Garden, Phoenix, Arizona, with both men inside 135lbs (the contracts called for 136lbs), Salas knocked out Ramon Young inside five rounds of a scheduled ten in what was a legal distance for championship fights in that State.