I just saw where my all-time favorite boxer, lightweight, and junior welterweight champion and IBHOF inductee Carlos Ortiz passed away at 85. I met him at the IBHOF when Mike Tyson was inducted.
Ortiz won his first twenty-six fights before losing to Johnny Busso, 33-6-1, by split decision in June of 1958 at Madison Square Garden. He would reverse that loss in their next fight three months later.
He would then go to the UK for his first fight outside the US and defeat the UK’s highly-rated Dave “The Dartford Destroyer” Charnley, 30-3-1.
Next, Ortiz would lose a majority decision to top-rated southpaw Kenny Lane, 55-6. Then travel to Philly, stopping hot prospect contender Len Matthews, 16-1-1, earning him a rematch with Lane for the vacant Light Welterweight title.
Next, he defeated EBU champ from Italy, Dulio Loi, 102-1-7, of Italy by a split decision at the Cow Palace. He made the mistake of giving him a return match three months later in Italy, losing a majority decision and his title.
In L.A., Oritz defeated Cisco Andrade, 44-7-1, only to return to Italy again, losing to Loi. Then beat two contenders in Cuban Doug Valliant, 25-2-4, and come off the canvas to defeat Italy-born New York’s Paolo Rosi, 36-8-2.
In April of 1962, Ortiz would drop to lightweight and defeat WBA champion Joe “Old Bones” Brown, 102-22-12, over 15 rounds for the title. He then won back-to-back non-title bouts over Arthur Persley, 74-14-3, in the Philippines and Japan’s Kazuo Takayama, 52-14-9, in Tokyo.