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Joe Cortez Still Hospitalized, Vows To Overcome COVID-19

Hall of Fame referee Joe Cortez, 75-years-old, continues to fight hard in order to overcome his recent diagnosis of COVID-19.

A week ago, Cortez was admitted to a hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada, due to pneumonia and the retired official continues to receive medical treatment.

"I'm resting, hooked up to an oxygen machine ," Cortez told Carlos Gonzalez. "I am still in an emergency room and I cannot speak because I am short of breath, but I assure my people in Puerto Rico that I will return."


Cortez is the most decorated Puerto Rican boxing referee, with an extensive career in the sport that began in 1977.

In 2011, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York. Cortez had over 900 official bouts, including 170 world titles. His last assignment in the ring was the junior middleweight clash between Saul “Canelo Alvarez and Josesito López, at Las Vegas' MGM Grand in 2012.

Two years later he received a similar distinction in the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, where Félix “Tito” Trinidad was recognized in 2015. Miguel Cotto will be the next Puerto Rican with a space on the premises. His exaltation was going to take place this past August, but the activity was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cortez has been instrumental in the development of the instant replay system that was implemented by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Rick Taylor on 11-24-2020

[QUOTE=DeltaSigChi4;20905384]1,700 posts in one month. You sure are a busy man. Is this your full-time job: trolling on BS? Loser. :bottle:[/QUOTE] livin in ur head rent free 😜

Comment by Rick Taylor on 11-24-2020

[QUOTE=PunchMeIDareYou;20905301]Smh. Is that you Victor Ortiz?[/QUOTE] U MAD LMAO 😂 why are you shaking your head? cortez is evil scum

Comment by Death_Adder on 11-24-2020

Let's beat this damn China virus. Get well soon sir.

Comment by DeltaSigChi4 on 11-24-2020

[QUOTE=Rick Taylor;20905279]is that you cortez you salty coward? 😝[/QUOTE] 1,700 posts in one month. You sure are a busy man. Is this your full-time job: trolling on BS? Loser. :bottle:

Comment by PunchMeIDareYou on 11-24-2020

[QUOTE=Rick Taylor;20905283]good point. knowing that it's lowlife cortez, could just be a drug overdose[/QUOTE] Smh. Is that you Victor Ortiz?

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