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Manuel Ortiz

 

 

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Manuel Ortiz
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Real name Manuel Ortiz
Rated at Bantamweight
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Birth date July 2, 1916(1916-07-02)
Birth place El Centro, CA
Death date May 31, 1970 (aged 53)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 129
Wins 96
Wins by KO 49
Losses 30
Draws 3
No contests 0

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.

Amateur career

Ortiz, who was of Mexican American descent, started an amateur career in 1937.[1] 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.

Professional career

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.

Outside the Ring

  • Ortiz made a very brief appearance in a gym scene in the 1947 movie Killer McCoy.
  • Ortiz served in the U.S. Army.
  • Ortiz died from cirrhosis of the liver after a long illness in 1970.
Preceded by
Lou Salica
World Bantamweight Champion
7 Aug 1942 6 Jan 1947
Succeeded by
Harold Dade