Rubin Carter

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Rubin (Hurricane) Carter

Name: Rubin Carter
Alias: Hurricane
Born: 1937-05-06
Birthplace: Clifton, New Jersey, USA
Died: 2014-04-20 (Age:76)
Hometown: Paterson, New Jersey, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5′ 8″   /   173cm
Boxing Record: click

Manager: Pat Amato

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Career Review

Rubin (Hurricane) Carter was a hard-punching and controversial middleweight contender during the 1960s.

Carter was born to a family of four sisters and three brothers. At the age of 13, after robbing a batch of polo shirts, Carter was turned over by his father to the police, and he was sent to Allendale Reformatory. He escaped from the reformatory and joined the United States Army. He served in an airborne unit where began boxing. He was atttched to a Special Service Unit and traveled to Europe--fighting in France, Germany, Spain, and Portugal.

Carter was identified as an escaped inmate and sent back to serve nine more months in jail. He then did another four-and-a-half years for beating up a man in a brawl. Upon his release, he was introduced by his uncle to Carmine Tedeschis, who became his manager. Carter turned to professional boxing, and also worked at Tedeschis's construction company.

In 1963, Carter knocked out world-rated middleweight contender Florentino Fernandez in 69 seconds on national television. The stunning victory earned him a number 10 rating in the June 1963 The Ring Magazine's world rankings. He went on to knock out world welterweight champ Emile Griffith, also in the opening round. This victory, plus a decision over future WBA World Heavyweight Champion Jimmy Ellis, earned Carter a title fight with champion Joey Giardello. Carter lost a 15 round decision, and his career started a downward slide.

He was arrested and convicted of a triple murder a few years later. It has been reported that Carter failed a lie detector test just hours after the Lafayette Grill triple murder in 1966, according to the man who gave him the test, John J. McGuire, a former police polygraph examiner. McGuire said the results showed that Carter lied when he denied being involved in the crime. Carter claimed he was framed and sought numerous appeals. Many famous people took up his cause after he wrote his bestselling book "The Sixteenth Round". The legendary Bob Dylan's "Hurricane" released in 1976 is in protest of the Carter conviction.

In the 1970s, Carter was briefly released and was involved in a scandal with a female supporter who claimed Carter attacked her. Carter went back to prison, but was finally released a number of years later.

He then moved to Canada and a movie about his life, The Hurricane starring Denzel Washington, was made.


  • The Ring magazine, August 1963, pages 20-23: "I'll Tame that Tiger," by Rubin Carter.