Benny Paret vs. Gaspar Ortega (1st meeting)

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1959-08-07 : Benny Kid Paret 147½ lbs lost to Gaspar Ortega 148 lbs by SD in round 10 of 10

"Cuban Benny (Kid) Paret displayed so much class last night while losing an unpopular split decision to Mexican Gaspar Ortega that he earned a non-title shot at welterweight champion Don Jordan. It was an excellent see-saw fight in which Ortega was generally the aggressor with his wild, long-range hooking attack to body and head. They exchanged furiously in nearly every round; but there were no knockdowns, and the only blood came from Ortega's nose after the 3rd round." -United Press International

  • Paret was a substitute for a substitute in this bout. Originally Ortega was to fight Florentino Fernandez, who withdrew with a virus. Then Charley Scott was signed, but he couldn't get into shape in the prescribed time. Thus falling on Paret.
  • Due to the outstanding contest, MSG matchmaker Teddy Brenner promised Ortega a match with Florentino Fernandez and Paret a non-title match with welterweight champ Don Jordan, both in October and both in MSG. The Ortega-Fernandez match materialized but Paret did not meet Jordan until their title bout in Las Vegas the following year.
  • A ringside poll of 15 sportswriters showed 9 scoring this bout for Paret and 6 for Ortega.