Compiling a remarkable record of 82 wins and only five losses, Carl Holt was an impressive boxer. Not one to take defeat lightly, Holt competed in rematches with three of the opponents who had earlier defeated him and won each of those bouts. During his amateur career he boxed with both the Cramerton and Belmont boxing teams in cities throughout the Carolinas and was always a crowd favorite in cities such as Mt. Holly, Gastonia, Monroe, Kannapolis, Charleston, and Charlotte. He also boxed during a four-year stint in the Navy, competing as far away as Panama and Trinidad.
Away from the ring Holt enjoyed a successful career in the textile industry and has been very active in civic organizations in his hometown of Cramerton.