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 to become the first man to hold the same title three times. Although DeMarco (134½) made a good start, being in front after four rounds, when Carter started to connect with several heavy rights in the fifth the champion’s left eye was cut. The next two or three rounds were relatively even, but in the ninth a left to the jaw put DeMarco down for ‘five’. Back on his feet there seemed to be little snap left in DeMarco's 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 rescued on the 14-second mark when 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 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, having turned pro in 1948 after representing America in the Olympic Games, 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, Teddy Davis, Frank Flannery, Zulueta (twice), Johnny Williams, Arthur King and Arthur Persley.