Advertisement: IBO Boxing
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com
Advertisement

Joe Cortez Overcomes COVID-19, Will Leave Hospital Soon

Retired Hall of Famer referee Joe Cortez has won the fight against the COVID-19 virus.

Although he still remains in a hospital in Las Vegas, the Puerto Rican veteran revealed that the last two tests to detect the coronavirus were negative. The process to return home after nine weeks under the care of the doctors will begin shortly.

"I'll be in rehab for a day or so and then I'll go home," Cortez said to Carlos Gonzalez. "I was on the ropes, but I stayed strong because I am not going to lose this fight for me, my family and my people from Puerto Rico."

joe-cortez_2021_01_08_004357

Cortez was admitted to the hospital last November and was connected to a ventilator to assist him in breathing. However, he assured that he only has one tube connected to improve oxygenation of the lungs.

“This (coronavirus) is serious, but I can say that I am clean. In the two tests they did, I came out negative. I no longer have the virus and we are moving forward. I feel good. I had never been through something like this and we have to learn to listen to the doctors, keep a distance, use the masks, not be in large groups and stay at home as much as possible. This is not a joke, it is real and we have to take care of each other," Cortez said.

Cortez explained that as part of the rehabilitation process, he will have to regain movement in his limbs after staying in bed for so many weeks.

"They will make me walk, stand, and learn to put my clothes on after almost two months in the hospital," Cortez said.

Cortez, 75-years-old, was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2011. He officiated over 900 fights official in boxing, 170 of these with world titles involved. The last time he was assigned to a fight was in 2012 when Saúl “Canelo” Alvarez knocked out Josesito López.

Tags:
User Comments and Feedback
Comment by The D3vil on 01-10-2021

[QUOTE=_Rexy_;21008565]I don't think it's a joke, but I don't think it's a reason to lockdown the ****ing planet.[/QUOTE] Meh, good thing we have actual scientists and virologists to figure those things out

Comment by _Rexy_ on 01-09-2021

[QUOTE=The D3vil;21005430]How bout it's neither It's something that exists and should not be taken as a joke, even if it doesn't have a 100% mortality rate.[/QUOTE] I don't think it's a joke, but I don't think it's a reason to…

Comment by Zaroku on 01-08-2021

A great ref! Get well big joe

Comment by BestPR on 01-08-2021

Never liked his referring because he would stop fights too early, but wish him a speedy and full recovery....now, what if some medical professionals had pulled the plug out early on him?

Comment by Songbird on 01-08-2021

so in boxing terms he tested positive, was on the ropes, took a count, listened to the docs, got the W & now has to recover

ADD COMMENT VIEW COMMENTS (22)
Advertisement
Top Headlines
Fres Oquendo Files Injunction Against WBA To Block Charr-Bryan Title Fight Jaron Ennis, Sergey Lipinets Agree To Terms For Welterweight Clash In April David Benavidez To Face Ronald Ellis In Showtime Main Event March 13 Frank Sanchez Wants Usyk, Joshua - Talks Working With Canelo Joe Joyce: Joshua Too Wary of Shots Coming at Him, I Back Fury To Win Estrada Motivated To Knock Roman Gonzalez Out, Leave No Doubt Logan Paul Insists Mayweather Fight Still On, Date Change Looms Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim - Undercard Information Chris Kongo vs. Michael McKinson Added To Povetkin-Whyte Card Jake Paul To Fight UFC Veteran, Former Bellator Champ Ben Askren On April 17 Jazza Dickens Weighs Options As Purse Bid Looms For Galahad Title Fight Rolly Romero: Sparrow Fought Like A Coward, Lucky They Stopped It When They Did Ellerbe: A Lot Of People Will Disagree, But Tank-Ryan Garcia Is Biggest Fight In Boxing Hearn Approached By Three Broadcasters, Intention is To Extend Deal With Sky Team Nakathila: The Least the WBO Should Do Is Sanction Stevenson vs Nakathila for Interim Title Kazeem Sosoye Looks To Shock Francis Chua on February 26 Berchelt: Fans Are Already Desperate To See Me and Valdez Fight Joe Joyce: Usyk Will Be Tough, I'm Fairly Confident I Can Beat Him Darren Tetley vs. Samuel Antwi on Febraury 19 MTK Card Caleb Plant: I'm The Big Dog at 168 - I'm Not Chasing Nobody! Canelo: Munguia Has Potential, But For Now I Don't Want To Face Another Mexican Salita on McGregor Defeat: There Will Be Significantly Less Interest in Boxing Return Ring City To Air 14 Shows in 2021, Migrate To Peacock Streaming Service In 2022 Reymart Gaballo-Emmanuel Rodriguez Rematch Ordered By WBC Sullivan Barrera Dropping To 168, Aims For New Opportunities Pacquiao Now Placed At +2000 To Next Land McGregor Fight Rances Barthelemy vs. All Rivera Tops FS1 Portion of Plant-Truax Card King Petitions To Make Bryan-Stiverne For WBA Title, Charr as 'Recess' Champ Julio Cesar Martinez vs. McWilliams Arroyo To Land On Canelo-Yildirim Show Lee McGregor Very Eager To Get in The Ring With Karim Guerfi Charr Cleared For Travel Visa, En Route To Florida For Title Defense Versus Bryan Stephen Fulton-Angelo Leo: Afterthoughts Keith Thurman: I Don't Know if Danny Garcia Has That Dog in Him Anymore Haney: Ryan Garcia Wants Tank Because He Thinks It’s Easier Than Fighting Me McGregor: There Are No Damn Leg Kicks In Boxing - Pacquiao Fight Was Happening Ex-NBA Guard Kendall Gill To Jake Paul: Come Fight Someone Your Own Size! Coldwell Talks Jordan Gill, Lerrone Richards, Hopey Price, More Haney: Mayweather Training Like He's Fighting a Top Welterweight Warren: Herring-Frampton Is the Kind Of Fight We Like, A Tough, 50/50 Fight Calvin McCord Discusses Career, Future Ambitions, More
Advertisement
Advertisement
Latest Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement