On April 25th the Colorado Golden Gloves Hall of Fame will be inducting a Colorado sports icon. Some may not have heard of him but the Walsenburg-born Jimmy Ortega was a pioneer in bringing boxing to the state of Colorado. Ortega moved to Denver at a young age and spent most of his life there before moving to Pueblo about three years ago. In May of 1982 just before taking his career pro, Ortega won a split decision over Pat Duran of Wichita Falls Texas crowning him the WAA junior lightweight Champion.
In October of 1983 Ortega laced up his gloves and climbed into the ring for his pro debut fight and despite losing his first bout, Ortega’s pro career was a winning one with 10 wins and only 3 losses. La Voz was at the title fight in 1982 to record the start of Ortega’s legacy. Thirty-five years later, Ortega is honored to be selected to the Colorado Golden Gloves Hall of Fame.
In other sports the Denver Broncos acquired offensive tackle Jared Veldheer from the Arizona Cardinals. Veldheer started his career in Oakland as a third-round pick and eventually made his way to Arizona as a 16 game starter at left tackle and ranked (or tied) third overall in the NFL in sacks allowed over the past two seasons. The Broncos have also signed unrestricted free agent defensive linemen (DL) Clinton McDonald to a two-year contract. McDonald was selected by the Bengals in the seventh round in 2009 and started 34 of 45 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the past four seasons.
The Denver Nuggets have lost one and won two since last Monday with wins over the Chicago Bulls, the Washington Wizards and a loss to the Miami Heat. The Nuggets are still outside looking in, battling for the number eight spot, which is currently being occupied by the Utah Jazz. The Nuggets still have three road games before hosting one of four remaining home games. The Nuggets have the Toronto Raptors and the Oklahoma City this week before hosting the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.
The Colorado Rockies are about a week and a half away from Opening Day, Friday April 6 and fans are getting anxious for one of the most celebrated sporting events in Colorado. The Rockies are set to face the Atlanta Braves in a three-game series next week.