1950-05-31 Vic Toweel w pts 15 Manuel Ortiz, Rand Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa - WORLD
31 May Vic Toweel w pts 15 Manuel Ortiz, Rand Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa - WORLD. Referee: Willie Corner. From a big boxing family, Toweel had put together just 11 fights since turning pro in January 1949, but had won the South African title in his fourth bout and was world rated by November 1949. In one of the most exciting contests ever seen in South Africa, Toweel (116) was much too fast for Ortiz (117), who tried to get inside to sap the challenger’s strength but was effectively kept at bay by stabbing straight lefts and a variety of other blows. After round six, the altitude began to get to Ortiz and although making it to the final bell he barely showed, finishing tired and worn out. Toweel, despite being a light hitter, proved to be a fighter who could be relied upon to throw punches all night, rather like a human cyclone, and well warranted the unanimous decision.