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LIKE MANY great fighters, Carlos Ortiz first developed his fighting instincts on the street. When his family moved to New York City when he was a child, Carlos found himself in numerous street fights. He began training at the Madison Square Boys Club and turned pro at the age of 18 in 1955. He won his first 20 pro fights.

Ortiz became a world champion in 1959 when he avenged an earlier defeat against Kenny Lane to win the junior welterweight title. That title, however, had not been fought for in 13 years and meant little to the boxing world. So, after losing the crown to Duilio Loi on a controversial decision in the Loi's hometown, Ortiz focused on the lucrative lightweight division.

In 1962, Ortiz defeated Joe Brown to win the world lightweight title. He defended that belt successfully four time before losing to Ismael Laguna in 1965.

Seven months later, Ortiz decisioned Laguna in a rematch and regained the title. He made five successful defenses, beating the likes of Laguna, Johnny Bizzarro, Flash Elorde and Sugar Ramos, twice. He finally lost the crown to Carlos Teo Cruz in Cruz' native Dominican Republic in 1968.

Ortiz retired in 1969 and made a comeback bid in 1971. He won nine straigt fights before Kenny Buchanan stopped him in six rounds and ended his career.

70 Bouts: 61-7-1 30 KOs 1 NC


vs Ismael Laguna II (French broadcast)
vs Ismael Laguna III
vs Battling Torres
vs Kenny Lane


Carlos Ortiz vs Len Matthews (1959) (Hilights)
Carlos Ortiz vs Douglas Vaillant- WBA & WBC Lightweight Title (1963) (Hilights)
Carlos Ortiz vs Flash Elorde- WBA & WBC Lightweight Title (1964) (Hilights)
Carlos Ortiz vs Sugar Ramos II- WBA & WBC Lightweight Title (1967) (Hilights)
Carlos Ortiz W15 Joe Brown- WBA Lightweight Title (1962)
Carlos Ortiz TKOby6 Ken Buchanan (1972) - GOT d/l
Carlos Ortiz W10 Bobby Rogers (1957)
Carlos Ortiz W10 Felix Montenegro Chiocca (1957)
Carlos Ortiz TKO12 Johnny Bizzarro- WBA & WBC Lightweight Title (1966)
Carlos Ortiz TKO5 Ultiminio "Sugar" Ramos- WBA &  WBC Lightweight Title (1966)

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