First Puerto-Rican Two-Division Champion Dies At 85
The boxing world has lost one of its greatest today.
According to reports, the former two-division champion Carlos Ortiz died at the age of 85.
“The WBO family mourns the death of the legendary lightweight Carlos Ortiz,” WBO issued a statement.
“Born in Ponce, the legendary boxer came at the pinnacle of his career during the 1960s. We send our condolences to his family,” WBO stated.
It is yet to be known what the cause of death was.
However, it is time the entire boxing community looks back at one of the most successful careers of all time.
At the age of 17, Ortiz became the first Puerto Rican-born athlete to clinch two championships across two different divisions. He won matches the hard way and usually on the road.
After securing a second-round win against Kenny Lane in June 1959, Ortiz won his first title in the junior welterweight division.
After that, his career saw two successful title defenses, including a win on a split-decision against Duilio Loi in June 1960.
The last fight of Ortiz’s career came against Carlos Teo Cruz, against whom he suffered a split-decision defeat.