Sugar Ramos & Carlos Ortiz dual signed (inside) official on-site programme from their fights against Sammy McSpadden & Maurice Cullen respectively, 22nd October 1963, Empire Pool, Wembley, London.
Condition excellent (corner crease bottom right)
Ramos W TKO 2
Ortiz W Pts over 10 rounds
Ultiminio Sugar Ramos a strong fighter with power in his right hand, Ramos won the Cuban featherweight title in 1960. However, as the revolution unfolded in his native country and the communist regime of Fidel Castro rose to power, Ramos left Cuba and headed for the busy boxing scene of Mexico City.
On March 21, 1963, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, a world championship tripleheader was staged. The bouts were: Luis Rodriguez W 15 Emile Griffith, Robert Cruz KO 1 Battling Torres and Ramos KO 11 Davey Moore. under the guidance of Hall of Famer trainer Angelo Dundee, Ramos dismantled the talented Moore for the world featherweight title. Sadly, Moore died as a result of injuries sustained in the bout.
Ramos retained the title three times before losing the crown via 12th round KO to Hall of Famer Vicente Saldivar on September 26, 1964. Ramos rebounded to twice challenge Hall of Famer Carlos Ortiz for the lightweight championship in 1966 and 1967 (Ortiz scored a 5th round KO and 4th round KO respectively).
Ramos continued to box for several years, although he never again challenged for a world title. Ramos retired in 1972.
Like many great fighters, Carlos Ortiz first developed his fighting instincts on the street. When his family moved to New York City when he was a child, Carlos found himself in numerous street fights. He began training at the Madison Square Boys Club and turned pro at the age of 18 in 1955. He won his first 20 pro fights.
Ortiz became a world champion in 1959 when he avenged an earlier defeat against Kenny Lane to win the junior welterweight title. That title, however, had not been fought for in 13 years and meant little to the boxing world. So, after losing the crown to Duilio Loi on a controversial decision in the Loi's hometown, Ortiz focused on the lucrative lightweight division.
In 1962, Ortiz defeated Joe Brown to win the world lightweight title. He defended that belt successfully four time before losing to Ismael Laguna in 1965.
Seven months later, Ortiz decisioned Laguna in a rematch and regained the title. He made five successful defences, beating the likes of Laguna, Johnny Bizzarro, Flash Elorde and Sugar Ramos, twice. He finally lost the crown to Carlos Teo Cruz in Cruz' native Dominican Republic in 1968.
Ortiz retired in 1969 and made a comeback bid in 1971. He won nine straight fights before Ken Buchanan stopped him in six rounds and ended his career.