International Boxing Hall of Fame
|Real name||Manuel Ortiz|
|Birth date||July 2, 1916(1916-07-02)|
|Birth place||El Centro, CA|
|Death date||May 31, 1970 (aged 53)|
|Wins by KO||49|
Manuel Ortiz was one of the very best boxers of the 1940s, and was named to Ring Magazine's list of the 80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years.
Ortiz, who was of Mexican American descent, started an amateur career in 1937. Within a year, Ortiz won the Southern California Amateur Flyweight Title, the Golden Gloves Title, and the National AAU title in Boston. He also defeated Chief Lopez, who was an Olympic runner-up, and Bobby Hager twice. In their first fight, Ortiz decked Hager 17 times. In their second match, Ortiz decked Hager twenty times.
Ortiz turned pro in 1938 and in 1942 won the World Bantamweight Title by beating Lou Salica. He defended the title 15 times before losing to Harold Dade in 1947. He regained the title in a rematch later in the year, and defended the title five more times before losing the belt to Vic Toweel in 1950. He retired 5 years later in 1955.
7 Aug 1942– 6 Jan 1947