The History

Born and raised in Arkansas, Torrence was voted “The Best AlI-Around Athlete” upon graduating from Lincoln High School in 1955. He then enlisted in the United States Navy in August 1955 and was assigned to the Special Services Division where he participated in basketball and boxing. In August 1959, he was honorably discharged.

Torrence’s amateur boxing career was exemplary, and among his titles and awards received were the following:

 1959 All Navy Champion

 1959 San Diego AAU Champion

 1959 California Golden Gloves Champion

 1959 Boxing Writers Fighter of the Year

 1959 Recipient of Ed Sanders Award

Thell turned professional in 1959 and was a World Rated Jr. Middleweight Boxer. One of his most outstanding bouts was with two-time World Champion Denny Moyer in 1964 when Thell held him to a draw.

Torrence retired from boxing in 1968, entered the real estate market and later purchased the legendary Hoover Street Gym in Los Angeles which he owned from 1970 through 2006. He continues to train some of the world’s top boxers and is licensed to promote professional boxing events under the banner of Platinum Entertainment in the state of Nevada. His most recent events were a Muay Thai promotion in Thailand and a boxing event in Las Vegas, NV.

Post retirement Torrence was also active in the following Civic and Professional Organizations:

 Advisory Member of Santa Monica City College

 Advisory Member of Southern California Business & Industry

 Director of Diploma Plus Program at Southern California Los Angeles Unified School District

 Managers and Coaches Association

 Southern California Boxers and Wrestling Foundation