Starting his boxing career at the tender age of nine- years-old, Carter was considered by many media members, one of North Carolina’s finest amateur boxers with a career record of 95-6. He wasn’t bad as a professional either, posting a record of 31-5. Carter also compiled a record of 28-2 while fighting for the United States Army’s 102nd Infantry Regiment, 43rd Division. He earned titles in several Golden Gloves tournaments throughout the state, including the 1955 Carolina’s Golden Gloves Championship in Charlotte. He represented the Carolinas at New York’s Madison Square Garden in the Eastern Golden Gloves where he competed in the finals.
After leaving the ring, Carter coached the Lincolnton VFW team until 1970, winning five championships.