Carlos Ortiz vs. Len Matthews

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1959-04-13 : Carlos Ortiz 136 lbs beat Len Matthews 135 lbs by TKO at 2:21 in round 6 of 10

  • Location: Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Referee: Pete Pantaleo

"Carlos Ortiz is talking of a lightweight title bout after showing unexpected power in a 6th round TKO of Len Matthews. The bout belonged to Ortiz all the way, although it didn't appear a mismatch until the 6th. While not apparent at ringside, Ortiz said Matthews hurt him in the 3rd and again in the 5th. But, the winner said, Matthews lack of defensive ability made the big difference. That's the way the fight ended. Ortiz shot a stiff left hook to Matthews' jaw and followed with a combination to the head that stunned the 19 year old Philadelphian. As Matthews backed off Ortiz shot dozens of blows to the head. Matthews hands fell to his side. Ortiz glanced inquiringly at referee Pete Pantaleo, then resumed his unchallenged attack. Pantaleo quickly stopped the scheduled 10 rounder with 39 seconds remaining in the 6th." -Associated Press

Post fight comments

  • "I found out that when you get him stuck in one place you can hit him. So my strategy was to get him against the ropes and go after him. I could have beaten the champ the way I felt. First I have to meet Willie Toweel in London and then I hope to get Joe Brown." -Carlos Ortiz
  • *Ortiz really showed a lot. He just had too much for Len. The referee could have stopped it earlier and I wouldn't have complained." -Tony Graziano, Matthews' manager