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Historic Puerto Rican boxer Carlos Ortiz dies

International boxing is in mourning as the World Boxing Organization announced the death of former lightweight and super lightweight champion Carlo


International boxing is in mourning as the World Boxing Organization announced the death of former lightweight and super lightweight champion Carlos Ortiz. The cause of his death is unknown.

Ortiz became a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991 in recognition of a successful career that began in the mid-1950s and ended in the early 1970s.

In 1959 he became super lightweight champion by defeating American Kenny Lane by technical knockout in the second round at Madison Square Garden. Ortiz successfully defended his championship against the Mexican Raymundo Torres and the Italian Duilio Loi, but the latter would take the title from him after his second confrontation in 1960.

After losing his title to Loi, Ortiz dropped down to lightweight and won the 135-pound championship in 1962 by beating Joe Brown. The Puerto Rican would keep the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association championship belts until 1965, when Panamanian Ismael Laguna defeated him. Seven months later, he regained both titles by beating Laguna. He remained lightweight champion until 1968, when he was defeated by Dominican Carlos Teo Cruz.

At the time of retirement, after a loss against Ken Buchanan in 1972, Ortiz said goodbye to the ring with a record of 61-7-1, where he won 30 times by knockout and in one loss he lost in the same way.

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Among the best of all time

According to BoxRec, the man from Ponce occupies the 21st position in his ranking of the best pound-for-pound boxers of all time. Likewise, The Ring placed him in 2002 as the 60th best boxer of the last 80 years.