Sport: End of a Champion

Since the last defense of his lightweight (1351bs.) title 17 months ago, Champion Ike Williams has been barnstorming in the welterweight (147 lbs.) division, where there is more moneymaking competition. Last week, forced to make a title defense, Williams picked out a likely pushover named Jimmy Carter (who had lost two of his three 1950 fights), then set about shedding some 15 lbs. of surplus weight. Ike, normally known as a smart operator, made two mistakes: 1) the extra weight that came with easy pickings and age (27) was not so surplus, and 2) Carter was no pushover.

When the fighters entered...

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