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FAST HANDS AND PURPLE LIGHTS
Edwin Shrake
December 07, 1964
The hands belong to Jos� Torres, and by pounding stubborn old Bobo Olson down to a first-round defeat they began to restore the adulation Jos� once enjoyed in the lurid glow of Harlem's nightspots
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December 07, 1964

Fast Hands And Purple Lights

The hands belong to Jos� Torres, and by pounding stubborn old Bobo Olson down to a first-round defeat they began to restore the adulation Jos� once enjoyed in the lurid glow of Harlem's nightspots

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Torres stayed in Shor's for a while, sitting at a long table in the back room, and then he got up to go to a party in Spanish Harlem, and he saw Olson sitting across the room. "What should I say to him?" Jos� asked. "He was my idol. I feel like I ought to say something to him, but I wouldn't be telling the truth if I told him I was sorry I beat him." Somebody suggested that Jos� wait until his friends were outside and then go back alone and tell Olson good luck and that he is a good man. Jos� did it and then came out of Shor's and got into Cain Young's Cadillac again. "I told him," said Jos�. "And he told me I have fast hands."

At the Club Caborrojeno, at 145th Street and Broadway, it was like any other Friday night. The big dance floor upstairs was packed, and there were violet lights on the pillars and the band was loud. They grabbed Jos� and took him up to the stage, and the master of ceremonies demanded silence. A few years ago he would have got it. But Friday night only 50 or so people came over in front of the bandstand to applaud Jos� Torres. Hundreds of others stayed at their tables or stood back on the dance floor in the murky, smoky ballroom and talked and waited impatiently for the music to commence again.

"My son," said Andres Torres, Jos�'s father, who had come from Ponce, P.R. for the fight, "he should be the champion already. The people should be listening to him like they did in the old days. They will. You will see. He will be the light heavyweight champion. Cus D'Amato, he is a man with a good heart. But he did not let my son fight enough, and it has taken us a very long time to get this far, and we still do not have the championship yet."

Jos�'s chance may be at hand, however. Last week Light Heavyweight Champion Willie Pastrano promised a title bout for the winner of the Torres-Olson fight.

"Jos� has class," Cain Young said. "You could see he has class. I think maybe I wish Jos� could have fought Olson a little longer so everybody could see how much class Jos� has."

"No, no," said Jos�. "One round is long enough to fight."

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