(C) Copyright 1997,1998,1999,2000 All rights reserved
International Boxing Hall of Fame   1 Hall of Fame Drive   Canastota, NY 13032  P: 315.697.7095 F: 315.697.5356

    CANASTOTA, NY - JANUARY 19, 2009 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of light heavyweight champion Jose Torres. He passed away this morning in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He was 72..

Born May 3, 1936 in Playa Ponce, Puerto Rico, Torres won a silver medal at the 1956 Olympic Games. He turned pro in 1958 and under the guidance of Hall of Fame trainer Cus D'Amato, he won the world light heavyweight title from Willie Pastrano in 1965. During his career he posted a 41-3-1 (29 KOs) record that includes wins over Don Fullmer, Wilbert McClure, Tom McNeeley, Wayne Thornton, Eddie Cotton and Hall of Famer Carl (Bobo) Olson. He stayed active in boxing as chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission (1983-88) and as president of the World Boxing Organization (1993-95). An accomplished author, he penned boxing books Sting Like a Bee about Muhammad Ali and Fire and Fear about Mike Tyson

“Jose Torres was one of boxing's finest ambassadors,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “'He was an Olympian, a world champion, author, commissioner and a true gentleman. The Hall of Fame joins the boxing community in mourning his passing.”

In 1997, Torres was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame

Canastota's Carmen Basilio proud to welcome Jose Torres to his hometownTorres proudly points to his plaque on the Hall of Fame Wall with fellow Hall of Famer Carlos OrtizA fan favorite - Torres signs autographs for his fansTorres poses with friend, Academy Award-nominated actor Ryan O'NealTorres waves to his fans while in the Parade of Champions
Click on a thumbnail to view larger