1955-10-19 Wallace Bud Smith w pts 15 Jimmy Carter, The Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - WORLD

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1955-10-19 Wallace Bud Smith w pts 15 Jimmy Carter, The Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - WORLD. Referee: Tony Warndorf. Scorecards: 145-143, 143-139, 143-139. Getting off to a flying start Smith (135) was determined to keep his nose in front of the man he took the title from, the contest developing into a bruising affair after Carter (135) was cut over the right eye in the third. The fight followed a similar pattern to their previous epic, with Smith whacking away with the left hook while Carter concentrated on working well at close quarters. In both the ninth and 13th rounds Carter had Smith going from his vaunted right hand, but somehow the latter weathered the storms until they died down to come back strongly in the remaining two sessions to retain his title.

Following three consecutive defeats in 1956 by Larry Boardman, Tony DeMarco and Joe Brown (l pts 10 at the Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas on 2 May), Smith would next defend his title against the latter, who at the time of his victory was unrated. Brown had been a pro since 1941, having started his career with a first-round kayo defeat, and finally got his opportunity after 103 contests. A crafty stand-up boxer with an excellent jab and stiff punching power, Brown had been in and out of the rankings down the years, beating top men such as Carter, Melvin Bartholomew (twice), Danny Webb, Arthur King, Arthur Persley (twice), Luther Rawlings, Danny Womber, Jack Hassen, Baby Ortiz, Teddy Davis, Lester Felton, Virgil Akins (twice), Tommy Campbell, Isaac Logart and Federico Plummer, and despite losing 19 contests he had proved to have staying power.