1954-11-17 Jimmy Carter w rsc 15 (15) Paddy DeMarco, Cow Palace, San Francisco, California, USA - WORLD

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1954-11-17 Jimmy Carter w rsc 15 (15) Paddy DeMarco, Cow Palace, San Francisco, California, USA - WORLD. Referee: Ray Flores. Yet again Carter (135) confounded his critics when he regained the championship and became the first man to hold the same title three times. Although DeMarco (134½) made a good start and was in front after four rounds, Carter started to connect with several heavy rights in the fifth and the champion’s left eye was cut in this session. The next two or three rounds were relatively even, but in the ninth a left to the jaw put DeMarco down for ‘five’ and when up again there seemed to be little snap left in his punches. It was now all Carter, who this time round was concentrating on the body, and while DeMarco gave it everything he had by the end of the 11th the writing was on the wall. By the 13th the champion was taking a real pounding and in the 14th he was dropped again by a cracking left hook to the jaw, only to be saved by the bell. After staggering out for the 15th, DeMarco was quickly set upon and on the 14-second mark the referee having seen enough called a halt.

Taking in three non-title bouts against Bobby Woods, Tony DeMarco and Orlando Zulueta, the last of which he lost, Carter immediately offered his victor a shot at the crown on 9 July 1955. Unfortunately, for Zulueta, six days later Carter withdrew his offer after having his mind changed for him and an announcement was made that he would be fighting Wallace Bud Smith on 1 June, which was eventually moved forward. Smith, who was rated at number four in The Ring magazine, had turned pro in 1948 after representing America in the Olympic Games and had won 29 of 47 bouts, with many of his losses coming against heavier men. Men who had tasted defeat against Smith included Tommy Campbell, Beppe Colasante, Teddy Davis, Frank Flannery, Zulueta (twice), Johnny Williams, Arthur King and Arthur Persley.