1965-04-10 Ismael Laguna w pts 15 Carlos Ortiz, Anoche Stadium, Panama City, Panama - WORLD

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1965-04-10 Ismael Laguna w pts 15 Carlos Ortiz, Anoche Stadium, Panama City, Panama - WORLD. Referee: Jersey Joe Walcott. Scorecards: 143-132, 149-137, 145-145. Showing terrific speed, Laguna (132) quickly asserted himself over Ortiz (134¾) as he moved in with snappy lefts to confuse the champion while never allowing him the time to get his punches off. Cut under the left eye in the fifth, although Ortiz came back to take the seventh and eighth rounds as Laguna took a breather from there on in he found that he was often hitting fresh air as the latter accelerated. While there was no doubting that Ortiz had struggled to make the weight due to an earlier illness, the manner in which Laguna boxed his way to victory was a major shock to the boxing world.

Despite a return contract thought to be in place the world junior welterweight champion, Carlos Hernandez, was tentatively scheduled to challenge Laguna for the title in Panama City on 2 October. However, the fight was called off in mid August after Hernandez was suspended by the Venezuelan Boxing Commission when he was placed on a drunk-driving charge. Within a week of that, it was announced that Laguna would be meeting Ortiz in November in San Juan, Puerto Rico following negotiations that had been ongoing from the day Ortiz lost the title.