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Jose Torres: boxer and author


I heard about the death of boxer Jose Torres at the weekend but I didn’t know he was also an author until today. The 72-year-old Torres was a former light heavyweight world champion and Olympic silver medalist.

Early in his pro career, according to The New York Times, Mr. Torres became friendly with writers and began writing a column in the New York Post, often on Hispanic community affairs.

He also wrote two biographies, “Sting Like a Bee” on Muhammad Ali and “Fire and Fear” on Mike Tyson. Norman Mailer wrote the preface to the biography of Ali. They remained friends, and as late as 1984, Mr. Torres was regularly sparring three rounds on Saturdays with Mailer, who was 61.

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