1948-07-04 Manuel Ortiz w co 8 (15) Memo Valero, Calafia Bullring, Mexicali, Mexico - WORLD
1948-07-04 Manuel Ortiz w co 8 (15) Memo Valero, Calafia Bullring, Mexicali, Mexico - WORLD. Ortiz (117¾) started slowly in the local bullring, dropping the opening two rounds before quickly solving the challenger’s style and scoring repeatedly with hard rights from the third onwards. In the fourth, Valero (116¾), the Mexican champion, was put down for a count of ‘eight’ and survived until the eighth when a right cross put him down for the full count on the 1.32 mark.
Having successfully defended his title close on 20 times, Ortiz was beginning to feel the pace and, now weighing well above the weight class when involved in non-title fights, it became more and more difficult for him to get down to 118lbs.