1953-11-11 Jimmy Carter w co 5 (15) Armand Savoie, The Forum, Montreal, Canada - WORLD
1953-11-11 Jimmy Carter w co 5 (15) Armand Savoie, The Forum, Montreal, Canada - WORLD. Referee: Tom Sullivan. Faster than the champion in the first round, Savoie (134) was also on the offensive in the second with left hooks and rights to head and body before the champion got going in the fourth. In what was a session full of furious exchanges, both Carter (133½) and Savoie were cut over their left eyes with the former getting on top prior to the bell. Barely wasting a moment in the fifth, Carter took the fight to Savoie and after a burst of body punches feinted the Canadian on to a cracking right to the jaw that culminated in the latter crashing to the floor to be counted out after just 59 seconds.
Carter’s next defence would be against Paddy DeMarco, a veteran with 89 contests under his belt since turning pro in 1945, who had won only five of his last 12 fights. With many thinking that his best days were behind him, a ten-round points win over Ralph Dupas at the Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana on 2 January projected him from ninth to fourth in The Ring magazine ratings and earned him a crack at the title. Known as ‘The Billygoat’ because of his tear-in, head-down style, DeMarco had beaten Terry Young (twice), Humberto Sierra (twice), Billy Graham, Teddy Davis, Eddie Giosa, Arthur King, Sandy Saddler (twice), Enrique Bolanos, Eddie Chavez, Johnny Gonsalves, Henry Davis (twice) and Savoie.