1965-03-30 Jose Torres w rsc 9 (15) Willie Pastrano, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD

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1965-03-30 Jose Torres w rsc 9 (15) Willie Pastrano, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: John LoBianco. Taking command right from the start Torres (171¼) hurt Pastrano (174½) with heavy left hooks to the head in the opening two rounds, while continually bemusing him with his bobbing-and-weaving tactics. Pastrano seemed to have no answer to the challenger’s attacks, a left hook to the body putting him down in the sixth for the first time in his career. From there onwards it was just a matter of time, and after damage to his left eye worsened in the eighth Pastrano was stopped at the end of the ninth, seemingly having co-ordination problems.

Hospitalised in San Juan, Puerto Rico after suffering a pancreas ailment in August, Torres was suspended by the NYSAC. He was then told that he would not be required to make a defence for six months, dependant on medical reports. Signed off at the end of February 1966, he began training to meet either Wayne Thornton or Roger Rouse.