1947-12-20 Manuel Ortiz w pts 15 Tirso Del Rosario, Rizal Stadium, Manila, Philippines - WORLD
1947-12-20 Manuel Ortiz w pts 15 Tirso Del Rosario, Rizal Stadium, Manila, Philippines - WORLD. Referee: Willie Whittle. Scorecard: 12-3. Despite Ortiz weighing in half a pound over the official limit, Del Rosario’s manager waived any forfeit as to allow the title to remain on the line. Down twice in the fourth round from left-rights to the jaw, Del Rosario (117¾), who finished with a badly swollen right cheekbone, looked as though he would be soon out of the fight. Regardless, he pluckily kept going, even fighting back strongly at times, to gain the plaudits of the home crowd. For his part, Ortiz (118) was the master throughout, blocking, timing and hitting crisply to well deserve the referee’s decision.
Very little was known about Ortiz’s next challenger, Memo Valero, apart from the fact that he was the Mexican champion. He was said to have had 57 contests prior to meeting Ortiz, but we can only account for 23. Nevertheless, he had beaten Black Pico, Panchito Villa and Monito Flores (three times), from whom he regained the national title.