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Los Angeles Chronicle
February 15, 1957
Carter Decisions Machen
by Rob McCoy

In a meeting between two of the top ranked boxers in the heavyweight division, Harold Carter scored a unanimous decision over Eddie Machen. Carterís victory could lead to a title match with the winner of the contest between current champion Floyd Patterson and number one contender, Tommy ďHurricaneĒ Jackson who next month at New Yorkís Madison Square Garden.

More than ten thousand attended last nightís fight card at Olympic Auditorium. In addition to the Carter-Machen bout, last yearís Olympic heavyweight gold medalist, Pete Rademacher, made his professional debut by decisioning Billy Hunter in a six round fight.

Carter takes advantage of a lackluster Machen

For most of their fight, Carter was the aggressor while Machen, who did not appear to be in peak shape, spent his time looking to counter. Although the decision cards of all three judges gave Carter victory by a substantial margin, the rounds themselves were somewhat close.

Early in the match, a pattern began to emerge. Carter spent most of each round forcing the action and frequently scoring with hooks and crosses. For his part, Machen tended to come to life in the last part of the round, scoring powerful rights and uppercuts against the incoming Carter.

Obviously, Machenís eleventh hour tactics were not enough to influence the judges. All three of the judgesí cards gave Machen only two of the ten rounds. Nevertheless, Carter was far from convincing. Two judges had the first and final rounds scored even; a third judge saw the boxers fighting on equal terms in three of the rounds.

A boxing display, but little power punching

With neither fighter known as a hard hitter, much of the bout was a technical a contest between two skilled boxers. There were no knockdowns and at no time was there a sustained attack from either of the combatants.

The audience frequently voiced their displeasure, particularly in the later rounds when Machen appeared to tire and began to employ holding and clinching tactics. Although he generally pressed the action, Carter also demonstrated a certain reluctance to mix things up with his opponent.

The victory brings Carterís professional record to 22-2-2. More importantly, it will likely result in his being ranked a number one contender when the Universal Boxing Organization (UBO) releases its rankings later this month.

Machen suffered his first defeat which takes his record to 21-1. Currently Machen is ranked fourth by the UBO, and his loss could cause him to drop a few notches.

Rademacher wins is pro debut

Pete Rademacher, last summerís Olympic gold winner, started his journey as a professional with a one-sided decision over Billy Hunter in a six round undercard contest.

Rademacher, who enjoyed an impressive career in the amateur ranks, put in a workmanlike effort against Hunter who entered the match with a 7-4-2 record.

While the bout was far from exciting, Rademacher had Hunter hurt several times but was unable to finish him off. Hunter did score a few hard punches but didnít appear to hurt the Olympian.

Hunter suffered a cut under his left eye early in the match when Rademacher nailed him with a sharp uppercut near the end of the second round. Hunterís corner men were able to minimize the damage and the cut was never a factor in the subsequent rounds.

After winning the gold in Melbourne last summer, there was some discussion of matching Rademacher up with Patterson in a title match. Since then, the UBO has taken full control of professional boxing, and itís rules only allow the champion of any weight class to fight highly ranked contenders.

If Rademacher is to fight for the title in the near future, heíll need to face much tougher opponents down the road.

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