Jose "Chegui" Torres, RIP
Former boxing champion and writer Jose "Chegui" Torres has passed away:
Former light-heavyweight boxing champion Jose Torres died Monday in Ponce, Puerto Rico, of a heart attack, according to the Associated Press. Torres was 72. Born in Ponce, Torres grew up in the United States, winning a silver medal while representing the country at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.
Guided by trainer Cus D'Amato, he stopped Willie Pastrano in 1965 to win the light-heavyweight title. He defended the 175-pound title three times before losing a pair of decisions to successor Dick Tiger.
I knew Chegui in New York but had not spoken to him in several years. He was a good man and lived a full life. My thoughts are with his family. May he rest in peace.
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