1946-06-10 Manuel Ortiz w co 11 (15) Jackie Jurich, Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA - WORLD

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1946-06-10 Manuel Ortiz w co 11 (15) Jackie Jurich, Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA - WORLD. Referee: Toby Irwin. Jurich (117¼) began well enough with excellent left-hand leads and footwork carrying him a long way, but he never looked like winning and was put down in the eighth before Ortiz (117½) battered him from pillar to post in the 11th prior to the finish. After knocking the challenger on to the lower rope for a short count, Ortiz caught up with the now stationary Jurich, whacking him with a wicked left hook to the body before chopping rights and lefts to the jaw dropped him writhing in agony to be counted out with just two seconds of the round remaining.

Given a number-one ranking by The Ring magazine on regaining the European bantam title from Jackie Paterson (w co 4 at Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland on 30 October) and beating Amleto Falcinelli in a non-title contest, Theo Medina soon lost his place in the queue when twice beaten by Peter Kane, who took over the top slot.

The second time they fought Kane landed the European title when outpointing Medina over 15 rounds at Belle Vue, Manchester, England on 19 September 1947 and he went on to defend the belt against Joe Cornelis (w pts 15 at Belle Vue on 15 December 1947) prior to being deprived of it by Guido Ferracin (l pts 15 at Belle Vue on 20 February 1948). At the same time Ferracin took over the number-one ranking before successfully defending the title against Kane (w rtd 5 at Belle Vue on 16 July 1948).

Although relieved of his European title by Luis Romero (l co 7 at the Bullring, Barcelona, Spain on 10 August 1949), Ferracin had already lost his status as Ortiz’s leading contender to Cecil Schoonmaker in November 1948 after the latter had outpointed David Kui Kong Young over ten rounds. Schoonmaker eventually forfeited his number-one ranking to Romero in March 1949 having being beaten by Memo Valero.

Having somehow avoided all of his main challengers during this period, and having taken part in ten non-title contests since his last defence, the under pressure Ortiz would arrive in Britain in September 1949 with a view to putting up his title.