1966-10-22 Carlos Ortiz w rsc 5 (15) Sugar Ramos, City Bullring, Mexico City, Mexico - WORLD

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1966-10-22 Carlos Ortiz w rsc 5 (15) Sugar Ramos, City Bullring, Mexico City, Mexico - WORLD. Referee: Billy Conn. After taking command in the first round Ortiz (134¾) was knocked down by a right to the jaw in the second, but when quickly back on his feet the challenger was unable to follow up his advantage. In the third and fourth, Ortiz, concentrating on the body, also worked on damage to Ramos’ left eye, the eye being virtually closed by the end of the fourth. At that point the referee came close to stopping the contest before allowing Ramos (134¾) out for the fifth. Charging out of his corner in an effort to turn the fight around Ramos gave it everything, but with the injury worsening the referee finally called a halt on the 1.45 mark.

When the fight was stopped a riot broke out among the crowd, and the WBC executive, in overruling the referee, ordered Ortiz to return to the ring immediately. After Ortiz refused the WBC vacated the title two days later and ordered a rematch. Meanwhile, the rest of the boxing world continued to recognise Ortiz as the champion, accepting the decision in his favour.

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