At the peak of Short’s career, Ring Magazine picked him, a bantamweight out of Charlotte, as its prospect of the month. He definitely had a great future mapped out in boxing after fighting in Madison Square Garden twice. He represented Charlotte in New York City five times, reached the National Golden Gloves Tournament semifinals once and the quarterfinals once. Short turned professional in 1952 and continued to have the same success he had experience in amateur boxing. He fought Pappy Gault, then North American Featherweight Champion, a ring-wise old pro. Gault had narrowly lost by decision a fight the month before for the world championship in South Africa. The fight should have been a pushover for Gault, but Short had other ideas. Short matched Gault punch for punch and walked away with a draw.