1952-10-15 Jimmy Carter w pts 15 Lauro Salas, The Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA - WORLD

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1952-10-15 Jimmy Carter w pts 15 Lauro Salas, The Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA - WORLD. Referee: Frank Gilmer. Scorecards: 81-69, 84-66, 82-68. In recapturing the title from Salas (132) five months after losing it, Carter (135) showed that he had learned the lessons of the previous fights when setting up a rapid pace from the opening bell and maintaining his supremacy throughout to carry off all but three of the 15 rounds. Despite being hit often, Salas, badly cut over the right eye, never wavered in his efforts to retain the title and often changed his stance in an effort to confuse Carter. Although Salas swarmed all over Carter in the 11th and 12th, the latter had paced himself well and soon got back to stabbing the left hand into his rival’s face and controlling the rest of the action.

Having taken over George Araujo’s top-two rating after beating him on points over ten rounds at The Garden, Boston, Massachusetts on 15 September, Johnny Gonsalves was in poll position to face Carter in his next defence following the latter’s victory over Salas. Unfortunately Gonsalves lost his number-one rating in The Ring magazine when losing to Henry Davis, and Tommy Collins, who had defeated Salas and Fabela Chavez in his last two fights was selected. Ultimately, Gonsalves who fought some of the best in the division over several years would never get a shot at the title.