International Boxing Hall of Fame

Jimmy Carter

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James Walter Carter (born December 15, 1923 in Aiken, SC —died September 21, 1994) was a world lightweight boxing champion. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame in 2000. Carter's loss to Lauro Salas in 1952 and his loss to Paddy DeMarco in 1954 were each named Ring Magazine upset of the year. His professional record was 80-31-9 with 31 knockouts.

Carter was a talented all-around fighter who could box and punch effectively -- not a power hitter, but a workman who pursued his man, wore him down, and either out-hit him or took him out.

Many thought Carter was contolled by the mob, fighting under orders from Frankie Carbo. He often fought badly when the odds were heavily in his favor, as they were in his title fight against Johnny Cunningham, who had an 8-24-3 record.

 

Preceded by
Ike Williams
World Lightweight Champion
25 May 1951–14 May 1952
Succeeded by
Lauro Salas
Preceded by
Lauro Salas
World Lightweight Champion
15 Oct 1952–5 Mar 1954
Succeeded by
Paddy DeMarco
Preceded by
Paddy DeMarco
World Lightweight Champion
17 Nov 1954–29 Jun 1955
Succeeded by
Wallace (Bud) Smith