Manuel Ortiz

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Class of 1996
Modern Category
Hall of Fame bio: click
World Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee

Name: Manuel Ortiz
Born: 1916-07-02
Birthplace: Corona, California, USA
Died: 1970-05-31 (Age:53)
Hometown: El Centro, California, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5′ 4″   /   163cm
Reach: 64½″   /   164cm
Boxing Record: click

Manager: Tommy Farmer, Johnny Rogers, Self
Photo #2, Photo #3

Amateur Career

Manuel Ortiz started his amateur career in 1937. With-in a year, Ortiz won the Southern California Amateur Flyweight Title and a Golden Glove Title. He also defeated Chief Lopez, who was an Olympic runner-up. As an amateur, Ortiz defeated Bobby Hagar twice. In their first fight, Ortiz decked Hager 17 times. In their second match, Ortiz decked Hager twenty times.

Factoids

  • He made a very brief appearance in a gym scene in the 1947 movie Killer McCoy.
  • Ortiz ended his career broke, and died from cirrhosis of the liver after a long illness.
  • Ortiz was the first boxer to have his record entered into the BoxRec.com database by site founder John Sheppard, and thus has Global ID #1. Ortiz's loss to Benny Goldberg on Feb. 25, 1938, was the first bout entered into the BoxRec database, and thus is Fight:1.
  • He served in the U.S. Army.


Preceded by:
Lou Salica
World Bantamweight Champion
7 Aug 1942 – 6 Jan 1947
Succeeded by:
Harold Dade
Preceded by:
Harold Dade
World Bantamweight Champion
11 Mar 1947 – 31 May 1950
Succeeded by:
Vic Toweel