José Torres Dies at 72

José Torres, former light heavyweight boxing champion and a close friend of the Mailer family, died of a heart attack on January 19 at his home in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Mailer wrote the preface to Torres’s 1971 biography of Muhammad Ali, Sting Like a Bee: The Muhammad Ali Story, and boxed with him on the Dick Cavett Show.
Obituaries are in The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and The L.A. Times.