The WBC mourns the passing of Great Champion Carlos Ortiz
We have very sad news again in the world of boxing, as Puerto Rican world champion Carlos Ortiz has passed away.
Carlos was an outstanding world champion in two divisions and had a fabulous 17-year career between 1955 and 1973, accumulating a record of 61 wins with 30 knockouts, 7 losses and a draw.
He won his first title in 1959 by defeating Kenny Lane via second-round knockout in a bout held at Madison Square Garden. He lost that crown in 1961 in the second of three fights he had against Italian Duilio Loi.
His second title was at lightweight, which he won in Las Vegas in 1962 by beating Joe Brown. Then in 1965 he lost it against Ismael Laguna in Panama, but recovered it months later at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium in Puerto Rico. Carlos was inducted in 1991 into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, was 85 years old and a resident of New York.
The World Boxing Council Family and its President Mauricio Sulaimán, send our champion’s family and friends our deepest condolences. What a man, what a career. What a life so well lived.