Update On Joe Cortez’s Health Following COVID-19 Diagnosis

There is an update on the health of former boxing referee Joe Cortez.

Cortez is currently battling COVID-19. He has been hospitalized, which worried longtime fans of the sweet science. Luckily, there appears to be an indication that things are going in a positive direction.

Cortez’s wife, Sylvia, spoke to Carlos Narvaez and gave a positive status update (via BoxingScene.com).

“Joe is fine and alert. He is not responding to messages because we wanted him to be calm and recover more quickly.

“The symptom that was reflected in him was a small pneumonia and from there it was decided to enter [treatment] and start the protocols that the treatment of this virus entails. But thank God he’s fine, and responding. We have not been able to see him due to the protocol, but we do receive a condition status every day and we know that thanks to God he is improving.”

Cortez sent the following text message to Narvaez.

“I already feel better.”

Cortez was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame back in 2011. At the age of 75, Cortez is high risk when it comes to COVID-19 but all signs are pointing in the right direction as indicated by his wife.

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