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Carter, Lee "Bearcat"

(born: November 10, 1921  -  died: December 18, 1993) Lee Carter was a professional boxer from Russellville, KY. He went by the ring name of Bearcat. He competed in the heavyweight division and weighed about 175 pounds. He made his home in Indianapolis, IN. His manager was Tom Leeper in 1946.

Bearcat Carter's boxing career started June 13, 1946 with a win over Pug Wilson at the Outdoors Sports Arena in Indianapolis, IN [source: BoxRec: Lee Carter]. His Wisconsin boxer's application is available in Ancestry, it is dated September 27, 1946. The license was obtained in preparation for his fight against John Heinowski on the same date as the application. The fight took place at the Auditorium in Milwaukee. Bearcat Carter won the fight with a KO. His last fight was November 18, 1949, a loss to Johnny Oliver at the Armory in Indianapolis. During his career, Bearcat Carter had 35 bouts with 11 wins (4 KOs), 21 losses (9 KOs), and 3 ties.

Lee Carter was a WWII veteran, having completed his military service before starting his boxing career. After his boxing career, Lee Carter was a mail handler with the U.S. Postal Service. He had attended one year of college. Lee Carter was the son of John Belton and Mattie Carter, and he was the husband of Doris Tyler Carter. Source: Indiana Certificate of Death, State No.93-052180 [in Ancestry].

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