Interview with Carlos Ortiz, Former Light Weight & Light Welterweight World Boxing Champion – 2012

Carlos Ortiz is a Puerto Rican who was a three-time world boxing champion, twice in the lightweight division and once in the Junior Welterweights. Ortíz is mentioned among the best Puerto Rican boxers of all time by sports journalists and analysts, along with Félix “Tito” Trinidad, Wilfredo Gómez, Héctor “Macho” Camacho, and Wilfred Benítez.

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 the 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.

Ortiz is also a member of the International Boxing Hall Of Fame. He always enjoys taking photos with his fans and signing autographs for them.

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