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 and it developed 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 and Carter concentrating 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 on 2 May at the Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas), Smith defended 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 Jimmy Carter, Melvin Bartholomew (twice), Danny Webb, Arthur King, Arthur Persley (twice), Luther Rawlings, Danny Womber, Jack Hassan, 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.

The number-one contender at the time was Italy’s Duilio Loi, the European champion, who had been highly placed in The Ring magazine ratings since 1954 and his management team had been trying without success to get him a world-title shot against Smith since early 1956. Unfortunately, he was continually ignored, but following a ninth-round stoppage win over Smith - who was by now a former world champion – on 1 March 1958 at the Sports Palace, Milan, Italy, the Italian Federation finally demanded that he be given an immediate crack at Brown, ahead of all others. This statement came after a fabulous purse offer for Brown to defend against Loi was turned down. Although the Federation threatened to stage their own world championship on behalf of Loi it came too late as he was now finding it difficult to make lightweight and by April 1959 he was the European welterweight champion.