1962-12-03 Carlos Ortiz w co 5 (15) Teruo Kosaka, Kuramae Arena, Tokyo, Japan - WORLD

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1962-12-03 Carlos Ortiz w co 5 (15) Teruo Kosaka, Kuramae Arena, Tokyo, Japan - WORLD. Referee: James Wilson. Taking the initiative from the opening bell and scoring well with hard left jabs to the body, Ortiz (134¾) maintained his momentum to drop the oncoming challenger with a left hook to the jaw for ‘seven’ in the second round. Still Kosaka (133) kept coming, and still Ortiz measured him with body blows. Then, in the fifth, with Kosaka trying to make a fight of it a terrific right uppercut to the chin following a two-fisted barrage dropped him heavily to be counted out with 28 seconds of the session remaining.

Regardless of the fact that Kenny Lane was Ortiz’s outstanding challenger, the champion’s manager, Bill Daly, decided that the man from Michigan was a poor draw before settling on Doug Vaillant, the fifth-rated contender as far as The Ring magazine was concerned. With 29 wins from 34 contests, Vaillant had defeated Alfredo Urbina, Angel Robinson Garcia (twice), Vicente Rivas, Chico Morales, J. D. Ellis, Len Matthews, Mauro Vazquez, Aissa Hashas, Fernand Nollet and Dave Charnley, but had lost his last two contests, against Carlos Hernandez and Bunny Grant, and had been beaten by Ortiz 18 months earlier.