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Remembering Boxing Champ Jose Torres

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Remembering Boxing Champ Jose Torres

Remembering Boxing Champ Jose Torres

Remembering Boxing Champ Jose Torres

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Former light-heavyweight boxing champion Jose Torres died from a heart attack on Jan. 19 at the age of 72. The Puerto Rican boxer won an Olympic silver medal in 1956, and fought professionally from 1958 to 1969. He first won the light-heavyweight crown when he defeated Willie Pastrano in 1965.

After retiring from the ring, Torres wrote biographies of Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson, and he became the first Latino to head the New York State Athletic Commission. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1997.

This interview was originally broadcast on July 28, 1989.

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