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Carlos Ortiz
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Real nameCarlos Ortiz
Rated atLightweight
Height5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m)
Reach70 in (177.8 cm)
NationalityPuerto Rican
Born(1936-09-09) September 9, 1936 (age 77)


Ponce, Puerto Rico
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights70
Wins61
Wins by KO30
Losses7
Draws1
No contests1


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Carlos Ortiz (born September 9, 1936) is a Puerto Rican who was a three-time world boxing champion, twice in the lightweight division and once in the Jr. Welterweights. Ortíz is mentioned among the best Puerto Rican boxers of all time by sports journalists and analysts, along with Félix "Tito" Trinidad, Wilfredo Gómez, Héctor "Macho" Camacho, and Wilfred Benítez.

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    Professional career

    Ortiz, born in Ponce, started his professional career in 1955 with a first round knockout of Harry Bell in New York. He moved from Puerto Rico to New York before he began boxing as a professional, he would campaign there during the first stages of his career. After 9 bouts there, he fought outside New York for the first time, moving to Massachusetts to knock Al Duarte out in 4 rounds. His next 3 bouts were also outside New York, but he stayed within the confines of New England, as they happened, once again in Massachusetts, and in New Jersey.

    He returned to New York again and won 4 more bouts in a row, then made his California debut, beating Mickey Northrup by a decision in 10 rounds. 2 more fights in California and one in New York went by, after which he returned to California to meet Lou Filippo, who was subsequently inducted into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame as a referee. Filippo was also one of the guys who participated in five Rocky films. The first time, it was declared a no-contest after 9 rounds, but in the second, Carlos prevailed, by a knockout in 9. 5 more wins followed, and then he met Johnny Busso, who handled Carlos his first loss, on a 10 round decision. That fight was held in New York, and in an immediate rematch between Ortiz and Busso, Carlos won, also by a 10 round decision, and also in New York.

    Next Carlos flew to England to meet Dave Charnley, who was considered one of the top challengers of that time. Ortiz won the fight at Harringay Arena on a 10 round decision, after which promoters thought he was ready for a world title try.

    Junior welterweight world champion

    Carlos met Kenny Lane for the vacant world Jr. Welterweight title, in New York on the night of June 12, 1959. Lane had handled Carlos his second loss months before, winning a 10 round decision over Ortiz in Florida. This time, Carlos became the World's Jr Welterweight champion,with a tko of Lane at the end of 2 round.Ortiz had become the first Puerto Rican world boxing champion since Sixto Escobar more than 30 years before, and only the second Puerto Rican world boxing champion ever. Unfortunately for him, not much importance was being given to that division at the time, since that division's title had been vacant for 13 years. But Carlos defended his title twice, knocking out former world lightweight champion Battling Torres in Torres' background of Los Angeles, and beating Duilio Loi in 15 rounds by decision at San Francisco.

    His next fight was a rematch with Loi, and it took Ortiz to Milan, Italy to defend his crown. This time, it was Loi's turn to become a world champion, winning by a 15 round decision.

    After another win, Ortiz traveled to Milan once again, and met Loi in a rubber match. This time, he lost again, by 15 round decision.

    Lightweight world champion

    Instead of going up in weight, like most boxers throughout history have done after losing the title in their original division, Ortiz went down in weight, and challenged world champion Joe Brown (also a member of the International Boxing Hall Of Fame). Ortiz won a 15 round decision over Brown on April 21 of 1962 in Las Vegas, to win his second world title, this time in his second championship division. Ortiz defended with a 5 round knockout of Teruo Kosaka in Tokyo before making his Puerto Rican debut, with a 13 round knockout win over Doug Valiant to retain his title on April 7, 1963 in San Juan.

    A knockout win in 14 rounds over another hall of famer, Gabriel Elorde, Flash in the Philippines followed, and then a remach with Lane, this time Ortiz retaining his world Lightweight title with a 15 round decision in San Juan. But in 1965 he went to Panama and fought yet another member of the International Boxing Hall Of Fame, Ismael Laguna who defeated him in 15 rounds to claim Ortiz's world Lightweight title. A rematch in San Juan followed, and Ortiz regained the world Lightweight title beating Laguna by a 15 round decision also.

    1966 saw Ortiz draw with world Jr Welterweight champion Nicolino Locche in a ten round non-title affair in Argentina, and retain his title vs Johnny Bizarro (KO in 12 in Pittsburgh), Cuban Sugar Ramos (another International Boxing Hall Of Fame Member, KO in 5 rounds in Mexico City) and Filipino Flash Elorde, also by KO in 14 at a New York rematch. The Ramos fight proved controversial, because the WBC's president proclaimed at first that the punch with which Ortiz had beaten Ramos with had been illegal, but he later reconsidered and gave Ortiz the title, and the knockout victory, back, with the condition that a rematch be fought in the future.

    And so 1967 came, and Ortiz and Ramos met once again, this time in San Juan. Ortiz retained the title by a knockout in 4 rounds, and this time the bout went without any controversies. Then, he and Laguna fought a third time, and Ortiz retained his title by a 15 round decision in New York.

    Later career

    June 29, 1968, proved to be Ortiz's last day as a world champion, as he lost his world lightweight title to Dominican Carlos Cruz on a 15 round decision in the Dominican Republic. Ortiz kept on fighting, but he never got another chance at a world title. He retired after losing at the Madison Square Garden by a knockout in 6 rounds to Ken Buchanan. It was the only time he was stopped in his career. His final record was of 61 wins, 7 losses and 1 draw, with one bout declared a no-contest and 30 knockout wins.

    Ortiz is also a member of the International Boxing Hall Of Fame and he always enjoys to take photos with his fans and sign autographs for them.

    Official professional boxing record

    61 Wins (30 Knockouts), 7 Defeats (1 Knockout), 1 Draw
    Res.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes
    Loss61-7-1Scotland Ken BuchananTKO6 (10)1972-09-20United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
    Win61-6-1United States Johnny CopelandKO3 (10)1972-08-01United States Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    Win60-6-1Mexico Gerardo FerratKO3 (10)1972-06-03United States International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois
    Win59-6-1United States Greg PotterUD101972-05-01United States Inglewood Forum, Inglewood, California
    Win58-6-1United States Junior VarneyTKO7 (10)1972-03-20Puerto Rico Ponce
    Win57-6-1United States Leo DiFioreKO2 (10), 1:321972-02-19Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan
    Win56-6-1Guyana Ivelaw EastmanTKO2 (10), 2:101972-01-31United States Waltham, Massachusetts
    Win55-6-1United States Terry RondeauTKO4 (10), 2:361972-01-20United States Exposition Building, Portland, Maine
    Win54-6-1United States Bill WhittenburgKO7 (10)1972-01-08United States Coconut Grove Convention Center, Coconut Grove, Florida
    Win53-6-1United States Jimmy LigonsKO3 (10), 1:191971-12-01United States Silver Slipper, Las Vegas, Nevada
    Win52-6-1Brazil Edmundo LeiteMD101969-11-21United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
    Loss51-6-1Dominican Republic Carlos Teo CruzSD151968-06-29Dominican Republic Estadio Quisqueya, New York, Dominican RepublicLost The Ring, WBC & WBA World Lightweight titles.
    Win51-5-1Panama Ismael LagunaUD151967-08-16United States Shea Stadium, Queens, New YorkRetained The Ring, WBC & WBA World Lightweight titles.
    Win50-5-1Mexico Sugar RamosTKO4 (15), 1:181967-08-16Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San JuanRetained The Ring, WBC & WBA World Lightweight titles.
    Win49-5-1Philippines Flash ElordeTKO4 (15), 1:181967-08-16United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New YorkRetained The Ring, WBC & WBA World Lightweight titles.
    Win48-5-1Mexico Sugar RamosTKO5 (15), 1:451966-10-22Mexico El Toreo, Mexico City, Distrito FederalRetained The Ring, WBC & WBA World Lightweight titles.
    Win47-5-1United States Johnny BizzarroTKO12 (15)1966-06-20United States Pittsburgh Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaRetained The Ring, WBC & WBA World Lightweight titles.
    Draw46-5-1Argentina Nicolino LocchePTS101966-04-07Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Win46–5Panama Ismael LagunaTKO4 (15), 1:181967-08-16Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San JuanWon The Ring, WBC & WBA World Lightweight titles.
    Loss45–5Panama Ismael LagunaMD151965-04-10Panama Estadio Nacional de Panamá, Panama CityLost The Ring, WBC & WBA World Lightweight titles.
    Win45–4United States Dick DivolaTKO1 (10), 2:071964-12-14United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
    Win44–4United States Kenny LaneUD151964-04-11Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San JuanRetained The Ring, WBC & WBA World Lightweight titles.
    Win43–4Philippines Flash ElordeTKO14 (15), 1:441964-02-15Philippines Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro ManilaRetained The Ring, WBC & WBA World Lightweight titles.
    Win42–4England Maurice CullenPTS101963-10-22England Empire Pool, Wembley, London
    Win41–4Philippines Pete AceraTKO7 (10)1963-09-18United States Honolulu, Hawaii
    Win40–4Cuba Doug VaillantTKO13 (15)1963-04-07Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San JuanRetained The Ring, WBA & Won vacant WBC World Lightweight titles.
    Win39–4Japan Teruo KosakaTKO13 (15)1963-04-07Japan Kokugikan, TokyoRetained The Ring & WBA World Lightweight titles.
    Win38–4Japan Kazuo TakayamaUD101962-11-07Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
    Win37–4United States Arthur PersleyUD101962-08-01Philippines Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila
    Win36–4United States Joe BrownUD151962-04-21United States Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NevadaWon The Ring & vacant WBA World Lightweight titles.
    Win35–4Italy Paolo RosiUD101961-11-18United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
    Win34–4Cuba Doug VaillantUD101961-09-02United States Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida
    Loss33–4Italy Duilio LoiUD151961-05-10Italy San Siro, Milan, LombardiaFor World Light Welterweight title.
    Win33–3United States Cisco AndradeUD101961-02-02United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
    Loss32–3Italy Duilio LoiMD151960-09-01Italy San Siro, Milan, LombardiaLost World Light Welterweight title.
    Win32–2Italy Duilio LoiMD151960-06-15United States Cow Palace, San Francisco, CaliforniaRetained World Light Welterweight title.
    Win31–2Mexico Battling TorresKO10 (15), 2:561960-02-04United States Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CaliforniaRetained World Light Welterweight title.
    Win30–2United States Kenny LaneTKO2 (15)1959-06-12United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New YorkWon vacant World Light Welterweight title.
    Win29–2United States Len MatthewsTKO6 (10), 2:211959-04-13United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Loss28–2United States Kenny LaneMD101958-12-31United States Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida
    Win28–1England Dave CharnleyPTS101958-10-28England Harringay Arena, Harringay, London
    Win27–1United States Johnny BussoUD101958-09-19United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
    Loss26–1United States Johnny BussoSD101958-06-27United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
    Win26–0United States Joey LopesUD101958-05-09United States Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California
    Win25–0United States Tommy TibbsUD101958-02-28United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
    Win24–0United States Harry BellUD101957-09-23United States St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York
    Win23–0France Felix ChioccaUD101957-09-23United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
    Win22–0United States Ike VaughnUD101957-05-07United States Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida
    Win21–0United States Lou FilippoTKO7 (10), 1:221957-04-09United States Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California
    NC20–0United States Lou FilippoND9 (10)1957-04-09United States Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California
    Win20–0United States Bobby RogersTKO7 (10), 1:221957-04-09United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois

    Legacy

    He is recognized at Ponce's Parque de los Ponceños Ilustres in the area of sports.
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