1942-08-07 Manuel Ortiz w pts 12 Lou Salica, Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California, USA - NBA
1942-08-07 Manuel Ortiz w pts 12 Lou Salica, Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California, USA - NBA. Referee: Abe Roth. Billed for the world title, Salica (117) came out looking to impress himself on the challenger but was soon on the receiving end despite Ortiz (116¼) being cut over the left eye in the opener. Whether it was on the inside or the outside, Ortiz was the master and although some of the rounds may have been close the unanimous decision in favour of the man from Corona, California was more than well deserved.
Although recognised as a championship contest by the Californian Boxing Commission, as it was not contested over 15 rounds, the NYSAC refused to accept it as a title fight, continuing to recognise Salica as champion. However, having failed to defend for six months, the latter was stripped by New York on 15 December, the body eventually recognising Ortiz as their champion the following February