Carlos Ortíz

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Carlos Ortíz
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Statistics
Real name Carlos Ortíz
Rated at Lightweight
Height 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m)
Reach 70 in (177.8 cm)
Nationality Puerto Rican
Born (1936-09-09) September 9, 1936 (age 78)
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 70
Wins 61
Wins by KO 30
Losses 7
Draws 1
No contests 1
External audio
You may hear Carlos Ortiz vs Kenny Lane II on YouTube

Carlos Ortíz (born September 9, 1936) is a Puerto Rican professional boxing champion. Ortíz earned three world boxing championship titles, two in the lightweight division and once in the Jr. Welterweights. Along with Félix "Tito" Trinidad, Miguel Cotto, Wilfredo Gómez, Héctor "Macho" Camacho, and Wilfred Benítez, Ortíz is considered among the best Puerto Rican boxers of all time by sports journalists and analysts.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Ortíz, 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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

61 Wins (30 Knockouts), 7 Defeats (1 Knockout), 1 Draw[2]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 61-7-1 Scotland Ken Buchanan TKO 6 (10) 1972-09-20 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win 61-6-1 United States Johnny Copeland KO 3 (10) 1972-08-01 United States Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Win 60-6-1 Mexico Gerardo Ferrat KO 3 (10) 1972-06-03 United States International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois
Win 59-6-1 United States Greg Potter UD 10 1972-05-01 United States Inglewood Forum, Inglewood, California
Win 58-6-1 United States Junior Varney TKO 7 (10) 1972-03-20 Puerto Rico Ponce
Win 57-6-1 United States Leo DiFiore KO 2 (10), 1:32 1972-02-19 Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan
Win 56-6-1 Guyana Ivelaw Eastman TKO 2 (10), 2:10 1972-01-31 United States Waltham, Massachusetts
Win 55-6-1 United States Terry Rondeau TKO 4 (10), 2:36 1972-01-20 United States Exposition Building, Portland, Maine
Win 54-6-1 United States Bill Whittenburg KO 7 (10) 1972-01-08 United States Coconut Grove Convention Center, Coconut Grove, Florida
Win 53-6-1 United States Jimmy Ligons KO 3 (10), 1:19 1971-12-01 United States Silver Slipper, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 52-6-1 Brazil Edmundo Leite MD 10 1969-11-21 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Loss 51-6-1 Dominican Republic Carlos Teo Cruz SD 15 1968-06-29 Dominican Republic Estadio Quisqueya, New York, Dominican Republic Lost The Ring, WBC & WBA World Lightweight titles.
Win 51-5-1 Panama Ismael Laguna UD 15 1967-08-16 United States Shea Stadium, Queens, New York Retained The Ring, WBC & WBA World Lightweight titles.
Win 50-5-1 Mexico Sugar Ramos TKO 4 (15), 1:18 1967-08-16 Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan Retained The Ring, WBC & WBA World Lightweight titles.
Win 49-5-1 Philippines Flash Elorde TKO 4 (15), 1:18 1967-08-16 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Retained The Ring, WBC & WBA World Lightweight titles.
Win 48-5-1 Mexico Sugar Ramos TKO 5 (15), 1:45 1966-10-22 Mexico El Toreo, Mexico City, Distrito Federal Retained The Ring, WBC & WBA World Lightweight titles.
Win 47-5-1 United States Johnny Bizzarro TKO 12 (15) 1966-06-20 United States Pittsburgh Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Retained The Ring, WBC & WBA World Lightweight titles.
Draw 46-5-1 Argentina Nicolino Locche PTS 10 1966-04-07 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 46–5 Panama Ismael Laguna TKO 4 (15), 1:18 1967-08-16 Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan Won The Ring, WBC & WBA World Lightweight titles.
Loss 45–5 Panama Ismael Laguna MD 15 1965-04-10 Panama Estadio Nacional de Panamá, Panama City Lost The Ring, WBC & WBA World Lightweight titles.
Win 45–4 United States Dick Divola TKO 1 (10), 2:07 1964-12-14 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 44–4 United States Kenny Lane UD 15 1964-04-11 Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan Retained The Ring, WBC & WBA World Lightweight titles.
Win 43–4 Philippines Flash Elorde TKO 14 (15), 1:44 1964-02-15 Philippines Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila Retained The Ring, WBC & WBA World Lightweight titles.
Win 42–4 England Maurice Cullen PTS 10 1963-10-22 England Empire Pool, Wembley, London
Win 41–4 Philippines Pete Acera TKO 7 (10) 1963-09-18 United States Honolulu, Hawaii
Win 40–4 Cuba Doug Vaillant TKO 13 (15) 1963-04-07 Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan Retained The Ring, WBA & Won vacant WBC World Lightweight titles.
Win 39–4 Japan Teruo Kosaka TKO 13 (15) 1963-04-07 Japan Kokugikan, Tokyo Retained The Ring & WBA World Lightweight titles.
Win 38–4 Japan Kazuo Takayama UD 10 1962-11-07 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
Win 37–4 United States Arthur Persley UD 10 1962-08-01 Philippines Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Win 36–4 United States Joe Brown UD 15 1962-04-21 United States Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Won The Ring & vacant WBA World Lightweight titles.
Win 35–4 Italy Paolo Rosi UD 10 1961-11-18 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win 34–4 Cuba Doug Vaillant UD 10 1961-09-02 United States Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida
Loss 33–4 Italy Duilio Loi UD 15 1961-05-10 Italy San Siro, Milan, Lombardia For World Light Welterweight title.
Win 33–3 United States Cisco Andrade UD 10 1961-02-02 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Loss 32–3 Italy Duilio Loi MD 15 1960-09-01 Italy San Siro, Milan, Lombardia Lost World Light Welterweight title.
Win 32–2 Italy Duilio Loi MD 15 1960-06-15 United States Cow Palace, San Francisco, California Retained World Light Welterweight title.
Win 31–2 Mexico Battling Torres KO 10 (15), 2:56 1960-02-04 United States Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California Retained World Light Welterweight title.
Win 30–2 United States Kenny Lane TKO 2 (15) 1959-06-12 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Won vacant World Light Welterweight title.
Win 29–2 United States Len Matthews TKO 6 (10), 2:21 1959-04-13 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Loss 28–2 United States Kenny Lane MD 10 1958-12-31 United States Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida
Win 28–1 England Dave Charnley PTS 10 1958-10-28 England Harringay Arena, Harringay, London
Win 27–1 United States Johnny Busso UD 10 1958-09-19 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Loss 26–1 United States Johnny Busso SD 10 1958-06-27 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win 26–0 United States Joey Lopes UD 10 1958-05-09 United States Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California
Win 25–0 United States Tommy Tibbs UD 10 1958-02-28 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win 24–0 United States Harry Bell UD 10 1957-09-23 United States St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York
Win 23–0 France Felix Chiocca UD 10 1957-09-23 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Win 22–0 United States Ike Vaughn UD 10 1957-05-07 United States Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida
Win 21–0 United States Lou Filippo TKO 7 (10), 1:22 1957-04-09 United States Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California
NC 20–0 United States Lou Filippo ND 9 (10) 1957-04-09 United States Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California
Win 20–0 United States Bobby Rogers TKO 7 (10), 1:22 1957-04-09 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois

Legacy[edit]

He is recognized at Ponce's Parque de los Ponceños Ilustres in the area of sports.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sánchez, José A. (November 25, 2012). "Entre leyendas Macho Camacho". El Nuevo Día. 
  2. ^ Carlos Ortiz's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2012-05-12.
  3. ^ Sports. TravelPonce.com Retrieved 18 April 2013.

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Tippy Larkin
Abandoned
World Light Welterweight Champion
12 Jun 1959–1 Sep 1960
Succeeded by
Duilio Loi
Preceded by
Joe Brown
World Lightweight Champion
21 Apr 1962–10 Apr 1965
Succeeded by
Ismael Laguna
Preceded by
Ismael Laguna
World Lightweight Champion
13 Nov 1965–29 Jun 1968
Succeeded by
Carlos Teo Cruz
Awards
Preceded by
Dick Tiger
BWAA Fighter of the Year
1967
Succeeded by
Bob Foster
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Puerto Ricans in the International Boxing Hall of Fame
Number Name Year inducted Notes
1 Carlos Ortíz 1991 World Jr. Welterweight Champion 1959 June 12- 1960, September 1, WBA Lightweight Champion 1962 Apr 21 – 1965 Apr 10, WBC Lightweight Champion 1963 Apr 7 – 1965 Apr 10, WBC Lightweight Champion 1965 Nov 13 – 1968 Jun 29.
2 Wilfred Benítez 1994 The youngest world champion in boxing history. WBA Light Welterweight Champion 1976 Mar 6 – 1977, WBC Welterweight Champion 1979 Jan 14 – 1979 Nov 30, WBC Light Middleweight Champion.
3 Wilfredo Gómez 1995 WBC Super Bantamweight Champion 1977 May 21 – 1983, WBC Featherweight Champion 1984 Mar 31 – 1984 Dec 8, WBA Super Featherweight Champion 1985 May 19 – 1986 May 24.
4 José "Chegui" Torres 1997 Won a silver medal in the junior middleweight at the 1956 Olympic Games. Undisputed Light Heavyweight Champion 1965 Mar 30 – 1966 Dec 16
5 Sixto Escobar 2002 Puerto Rico's first boxing champion. World Bantamweight Champion 15 Nov 1935– 23 Sep 1937, World Bantamweight Champion 20 Feb 1938– Oct 1939
6 Edwin Rosario 2006 Ranks #36 on the list of "100 Greatest Punchers of All Time." according to Ring Magazine. WBC Lightweight Champion 1983 May 1 – 1984 Nov 3, WBA Lightweight Champion 1986 Sep 26 – 1987 Nov 21, WBA Lightweight Champion 199 Jul 9 – 1990 Apr 4, WBA Light Welterweight Champion 1991 Jun 14 – 1992 Apr 10.
7 Pedro Montañez 2007 92 wins out of 103 fights. Never held a title.
8 Joe Cortez 2011 The first Puerto Rican boxing referee to be inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame
9 Herbert "Cocoa Kid" Hardwick 2012 Member of boxing's "Black Murderers' Row". World Colored Welterweight Championship - June 11, 1937 to August 22, 1938; World Colored Middleweight Championship - January 11, 1940 until the title went extinct in the 1940s; World Colored Middleweight Championship - January 15, 1943 until the title went extinct in the 1940s
10 Felix "Tito" Trinidad 2014 Captured the IBF welterweight crown in his 20th pro bout. Won the WBA light middleweight title from David Reid in March 2000 and later that year unified titles with a 12th-round knockout against IBF champ Fernando Vargas. In 2001 became a three-division champion.

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