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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 "Bearcat." He competed in the heavyweight division, weighing in at about 175 pounds. He was managed by Tom Leeper in 1946. Carter made his home in Indianapolis, IN.

Bearcat Carter's boxing career started June 13, 1946 with a win over Pug Wilson at the Outdoors Sports Arena in Indianapolis [source: BoxRec: Lee Carter]. His Wisconsin boxer's application, available in Ancestry, 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 (four KOs), 21 losses (nine KOs), and three ties.

Lee Carter was a World War II 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 the husband of Doris Tyler Carter. Source: Indiana Certificate of Death, State No. 93-052180 [in Ancestry].

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