Carlos Juan Ortiz (born September 9, 1936) is a Puerto Rican former professional boxer. He won three world titles, two at lightweight and once at light welterweight. Along with Félix Trinidad, Miguel Cotto, Wilfredo Gómez, Héctor Camacho, and Wilfred Benítez, Ortiz is considered among the best Puerto Rican boxers of all time by sports journalists and analysts. As of January 2018, Ortiz holds the record for the most wins in unified lightweight title bouts in boxing history at 10.
In 1991, Gómez was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. In 2002, Ortiz was voted by The Ring magazine as the 60th greatest fighter of the last 80 years. He currently holds 21st place in BoxRec ranking of the greatest pound for pound boxers of all time.
Ortiz, born in Ponce, started his professional career in 1955 with a first round knockout of Harry Bell in New York. He moved from Puerto Rico to New York before he began boxing as a professional, he would campaign there during the first stages of his career. After 9 bouts there, he fought outside New York for the first time, moving to Massachusetts to knock Al Duarte out in 4 rounds. His next 3 bouts were also outside New York, but he stayed within the confines of New England, as they happened, once again in Massachusetts, and in New Jersey.
He returned to New York again and won 4 more bouts in a row, then made his California debut, beating Mickey Northrup by a decision in 10 rounds. 2 more fights in California and one in New York went by, after which he returned to California to meet Lou Filippo, who was subsequently inducted into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame as a referee. Filippo was also one of the guys who participated in five Rocky films. The first time, it was declared a no-contest after 9 rounds, but in the second, Carlos prevailed, by a knockout in 9. 5 more wins followed, and then he met Johnny Busso, who handled Carlos his first loss, on a 10-round decision. That fight was held in New York, and in an immediate rematch between Ortiz and Busso, Carlos won, also by a 10-round decision, and also in New York.
Next Carlos flew to England to meet Dave Charnley, who was considered one of the top challengers of that time. Ortiz won the fight at Harringay Arena on a 10-round decision, after which promoters thought he was ready for a world title try.
Carlos met Kenny Lane for the vacant world Jr. Welterweight title, in New York on the night of June 12, 1959. Lane had handled Carlos his second loss months before, winning a 10-round decision over Ortiz in Florida. This time, Carlos became the World's Jr Welterweight champion, with a TKO of Lane at the end of 2 round. Ortiz had become the first Puerto Rican world boxing champion since Sixto Escobar more than 30 years before, and only the second Puerto Rican world boxing champion ever. Unfortunately for him, not much importance was being given to that division at the time, since that division's title had been vacant for 13 years. But Carlos defended his title twice, knocking out former world lightweight champion Battling Torres in Torres' home ground of Los Angeles, and beating Duilio Loi in 15 rounds by decision at San Francisco.
After another win, Ortiz traveled to Milan once again, and met Loi in a rubber match. This time, he lost again, by 15-round decision.
Instead of going up in weight, like most boxers throughout history have done after losing the title in their original division, Ortiz went down in weight, and challenged world champion Joe Brown (also a member of the International Boxing Hall Of Fame). Ortiz won a 15-round decision over Brown on April 21 of 1962 in Las Vegas, to win his second world title, this time in his second championship division. Ortiz defended with a 5-round knockout of Teruo Kosaka in Tokyo before making his Puerto Rican debut, with a 13-round knockout win over Doug Valiant to retain his title on April 7, 1963 in San Juan.
A knockout win in 14 rounds over another Hall of Famer, Gabriel Elorde, Flash in the Philippines followed, and then a remach with Lane, this time Ortiz retaining his world Lightweight title with a 15-round decision in San Juan. But in 1965 he went to Panama and fought yet another member of the International Boxing Hall Of Fame, Ismael Laguna who defeated him in 15 rounds to claim Ortiz's world Lightweight title. A rematch in San Juan followed, and Ortiz regained the world Lightweight title beating Laguna by a 15-round decision also.
1966 saw Ortiz draw with world Jr Welterweight champion Nicolino Locche in a ten-round non-title affair in Argentina, and retain his title vs Johnny Bizarro (KO in 12 in Pittsburgh), Cuban Sugar Ramos (another International Boxing Hall Of Fame Member, KO in 5 rounds in Mexico City) and Filipino Flash Elorde, also by KO in 14 at a New York rematch. The Ramos fight proved controversial, because the WBC's president proclaimed at first that the punch with which Ortiz had beaten Ramos with had been illegal, but he later reconsidered and gave Ortiz the title, and the knockout victory, back, with the condition that a rematch be fought in the future.
And so 1967 came, and Ortiz and Ramos met once again, this time in San Juan. Ortiz retained the title by a knockout in 4 rounds, and this time the bout went without any controversies. Then, he and Laguna fought a third time, and Ortiz retained his title by a 15-round decision in New York.
June 29, 1968, proved to be Ortiz's last day as a world champion, as he lost his world lightweight title to Dominican Carlos Cruz on a 15-round decision in the Dominican Republic. Ortiz kept on fighting, but he never got another chance at a world title. He retired after losing at Madison Square Garden by a knockout in 6 rounds to Ken Buchanan. It was the only time he was stopped in his career. His final record was of 61 wins, 7 losses and 1 draw, with one bout declared a no-contest and 30 knockout wins.
|61 Wins (30 Knockouts), 7 Defeats (1 Knockout), 1 Draw|
|Loss||61–7–1||Ken Buchanan||TKO||6 (10)||1972-09-20||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York|
|Win||61–6–1||Johnny Copeland||KO||3 (10)||1972-08-01||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma|
|Win||60–6–1||Gerardo Ferrat||KO||3 (10)||1972-06-03||International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois|
|Win||59–6–1||Greg Potter||UD||10||1972-05-01||Inglewood Forum, Inglewood, California|
|Win||58–6–1||Junior Varney||TKO||7 (10)||1972-03-20||Ponce|
|Win||57–6–1||Leo DiFiore||KO||2 (10), 1:32||1972-02-19||Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan|
|Win||56–6–1||Ivelaw Eastman||TKO||2 (10), 2:10||1972-01-31||Waltham, Massachusetts|
|Win||55–6–1||Terry Rondeau||TKO||4 (10), 2:36||1972-01-20||Exposition Building, Portland, Maine|
|Win||54–6–1||Bill Whittenburg||KO||7 (10)||1972-01-08||Coconut Grove Convention Center, Coconut Grove, Florida|
|Win||53–6–1||Jimmy Ligons||KO||3 (10), 1:19||1971-12-01||Silver Slipper, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||52–6–1||Edmundo Leite||MD||10||1969-11-21||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York|
|Loss||51–6–1||Carlos Teo Cruz||SD||15||1968-06-29||Estadio Quisqueya, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic||Lost Lineal, The Ring, WBC & WBA world lightweight titles.|
|Win||51–5–1||Ismael Laguna||UD||15||1967-08-16||Shea Stadium, Queens, New York||Retained Lineal, The Ring, WBC & WBA world lightweight titles.|
|Win||50–5–1||Sugar Ramos||TKO||4 (15), 1:18||1967-08-16||Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan||Retained Lineal, The Ring, WBC & WBA world lightweight titles.|
|Win||49–5–1||Flash Elorde||TKO||4 (15), 1:18||1967-08-16||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York||Retained Lineal, The Ring, WBC & WBA world lightweight titles.|
|Win||48–5–1||Sugar Ramos||TKO||5 (15), 1:45||1966-10-22||El Toreo, Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Retained Lineal, The Ring, WBC & WBA world lightweight titles.|
|Win||47–5–1||Johnny Bizzarro||TKO||12 (15)||1966-06-20||Pittsburgh Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||Retained Lineal, The Ring, WBC & WBA world lightweight titles.|
|Draw||46–5–1||Nicolino Locche||PTS||10||1966-04-07||Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Win||46–5||Ismael Laguna||TKO||4 (15), 1:18||1965-11-13||Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan||Won Lineal, The Ring, WBC & WBA world lightweight titles.|
|Loss||45–5||Ismael Laguna||MD||15||1965-04-10||Estadio Nacional de Panamá, Panama City||Lost Lineal, The Ring, WBC & WBA world lightweight titles.|
|Win||45–4||Dick Divola||TKO||1 (10), 2:07||1964-12-14||Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Win||44–4||Kenny Lane||UD||15||1964-04-11||Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan||Retained Lineal, The Ring, WBC & WBA world lightweight titles.|
|Win||43–4||Flash Elorde||TKO||14 (15), 1:44||1964-02-15||Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila||Retained Lineal, The Ring, WBC & WBA world lightweight titles.|
|Win||42–4||Maurice Cullen||PTS||10||1963-10-22||Empire Pool, Wembley, London|
|Win||41–4||Pete Acera||TKO||7 (10)||1963-09-18||Honolulu, Hawaii|
|Win||40–4||Doug Vaillant||TKO||13 (15)||1963-04-07||Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan||Retained Lineal, The Ring, WBA & WBC world lightweight titles.|
|Win||39–4||Teruo Kosaka||TKO||13 (15)||1963-04-07||Kokugikan, Tokyo||Retained Lineal, The Ring, WBA & WBC world lightweight titles.|
|Win||38–4||Kazuo Takayama||UD||10||1962-11-07||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo|
|Win||37–4||Arthur Persley||UD||10||1962-08-01||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila|
|Win||36–4||Joe Brown||UD||15||1962-04-21||Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada||Won World Lightweight title.|
|Win||35–4||Paolo Rosi||UD||10||1961-11-18||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York|
|Win||34–4||Doug Vaillant||UD||10||1961-09-02||Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida|
|Loss||33–4||Duilio Loi||UD||15||1961-05-10||San Siro, Milan, Lombardia||For World Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||33–3||Cisco Andrade||UD||10||1961-02-02||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California|
|Loss||32–3||Duilio Loi||MD||15||1960-09-01||San Siro, Milan, Lombardia||Lost World Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||32–2||Duilio Loi||MD||15||1960-06-15||Cow Palace, San Francisco, California||Retained World Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||31–2||Battling Torres||KO||10 (15), 2:56||1960-02-04||Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California||Retained World Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||30–2||Kenny Lane||TKO||2 (15)||1959-06-12||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York||Won vacant World Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||29–2||Len Matthews||TKO||6 (10), 2:21||1959-04-13||Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Loss||28–2||Kenny Lane||MD||10||1958-12-31||Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida|
|Win||28–1||Dave Charnley||PTS||10||1958-10-28||Harringay Arena, Harringay, London|
|Win||27–1||Johnny Busso||UD||10||1958-09-19||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York|
|Loss||26–1||Johnny Busso||SD||10||1958-06-27||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York|
|Win||26–0||Joey Lopes||UD||10||1958-05-09||Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California|
|Win||25–0||Tommy Tibbs||UD||10||1958-02-28||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York|
|Win||24–0||Harry Bell||UD||10||1957-09-23||St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York|
|Win||23–0||Felix Chiocca||UD||10||1957-09-23||Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois|
|Win||22–0||Ike Vaughn||UD||10||1957-05-07||Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida|
|Win||21–0||Lou Filippo||TKO||7 (10), 1:22||1957-04-09||Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California|
|NC||20–0||Lou Filippo||ND||9 (10)||1957-04-09||Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California|
|Win||20–0||Bobby Rogers||TKO||7 (10), 1:22||1957-04-09||Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois|
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12 Jun 1959–1 Sep 1960
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21 Apr 1962–10 Apr 1965
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13 Nov 1965–29 Jun 1968
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