There, he would win numerous Army and inter-service championships. His performance earned him the right to represent Puerto Rico at the 1956 Summer Games in Melbourne. He was defeated in the light middleweight finals by Hungary’s Laszlo Papp.
Torres’ amateur career continued in New York City. That year, he won both the National AAU Middleweight Championship and the Golden Gloves 160lb Open Championship. Later that year, in 1958, he made the professional ranks with a first-round knockout in his debut.
Jose Torres enjoyed a successful professional career. While he didn’t exactly annihilate the majority of his opponents, he exploded out of the gate with 13 victories in New York City. He lost his first two fights in Puerto Rico before winning the World Light Heavyweight Championships in early 1965. Torres lost the titles to Dick Tiger in late 1966 and was defeated again in May 1967.
He would finish his career with two victories in the spring and summer of 1968, for a total of 41-3-1, 29 of which were knockouts.
Following his retirement from boxing, Jose Torres served as Commissioner of the New York State Athletic Commission from 1984 to 1988. From 1990 to 1995, he was President of the World Boxing Organization. He also worked as a writer in New York City, where he wrote biographies of heavyweight champions Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson.
In 1997, Jose Torres was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. On January 19, 2009, he died.