By TVMAX 06/14/2022 - 5:25 PM
06/14/2022 – 5:25 PM
Although the cause of his death has not been specified, the former boxer recently suffered a stroke which affected his health. He was 85 years old.
“The WBO family is in mourning for the passing of legendary Lightweight and Jr Welterweight champion Carlos Ortiz… may he rest in peace.”shaped the world boxing organization in your account Twitter confirming the death.
The WBO family is mourning the passing of legendary Lightweight and Jr Welterweight champion Carlos Ortiz. Born in Ponce and raised in New York, Ortiz was one of the best and most popular fighters of the 1960s. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/eyiGTUHooH
— WBO (@WorldBoxingOrg) June 13, 2022
Born in Ponce, Puerto Ricoon September 9, 1936, Ortiz moved to the city of New York where he began his professional career. he was crowned world champion for the first time on June 12, 1959 by winning the vacant junior welterweight crown over American kenny lane.
Their second world championship He obtained it on April 21, 1962 when he was crowned in the lightweight division by beating joe brown. After four successful defenses he lost that title on April 10, 1965 against the Panamanian Ishmael Lagunabut it He recovered on the revenge fight on November 13 of that year.
Ortiz he retired in 1972after losing on September 20 of that year against the Scottish Ken Buchannan, and in 1991 was exalted to Boxing Hall of Fame.
The boxing magazine The Ring places Carlos Ortiz in the 60th position of the best fighters in the last 80 years and, according to the portal BoxRec It is in position 21 of the maximum exponents pound for pound in history.
Ortiz is also considered among the top five Puerto Rican boxers of all time together with great figures such as Félix “Tito” Trinidad, Wilfredo Benítez, Miguel Cotto and Wilfredo Gómez