Jose Torres, left, seen with former boxer Gerry Cooney at a 2000 movie premiere, has died at age 72. ((Scott Gries/ImageDirect/Getty Images))

Former light-heavyweight boxing champion Jose Torres died Monday in Ponce, Puerto Rico, of a heart attack, according to the Associated Press.

Torres was 72.

Born in Ponce, Torres grew up in the United States, winning a silver medal while representing the country at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

Guided by trainer Cus D'Amato, he stopped Willie Pastrano in 1965 to win the light-heavyweight title. He defended the 175-pound title three times before losing a pair of decisions to successor Dick Tiger.

Torres retired with a record of 41-3-1 with 29 knockouts, posting wins over notable fighters Bobo Olson, Eddie Cotton and Wilbert McClure.

The gregarious Torres became just as involved with the sport after hanging up the gloves. He served as commissioner of the New York State Athletic Commission from 1984 to 1988 and president of the World Boxing Organization in the early 1990s.

When he wasn't serving as a boxing official, he was a boxing journalist and commentator, co-authoring with Bert Randolph Sugar a 1971 biography of Muhammad Ali, Sting Like a Bee. In the 1980s, he wrote about D'Amato's latest protege in Fire and Fear: The Inside Story of Mike Tyson.

More recently, he worked as a television analyst for ESPN Deportes.