Marvin Camel

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Marvin Camel
Statistics
Real nameMarvin Camel
Weight(s)
Height6 ft. 2 in. (188 cm.)
Reach79 in (201 cm)
NationalityUnited States American
Born (1951-12-24) December 24, 1951 (age 67)
Ronan, Montana, USA
StanceSouthpaw
Boxing record
Total fights62
Wins45
Wins by KO21
Losses13
Draws4
No contests0

Marvin Camel (born December 24, 1951) is a boxer and member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation in Northwestern Montana. He was born in Ronan and fought out of Missoula. He was the first person recognized as the cruiserweight boxing champion of the world by two different professional sanctioning bodies.[1]

Professional boxing career[edit]

Camel fought Mate Parlov in Yugoslavia to a draw in the first ever cruiserweight world title bout. In the rematch, in Las Vegas, Camel beat Mate Parlov for the vacant WBC world Cruiserweight title in 1980, losing the title in his first defense, to Carlos De León. After losing in a rematch to De Leon, he became, in 1983, the IBF's first world champion, beating Roddy McDonald, by becoming world Cruiserweight champion for the second time when he claimed that organization's title. He lost the title to Lee Roy Murphy.

He lost his final bout in June 1990 against Eddie “Young Joe Louis” Taylor in Minneapolis. The 10-round decision left his lifetime mark at 45-13-5.

Camel's pro career took him from Ronan to 13 states and seven foreign nations on three continents.

“I’ve had a good life, as far as boxing is concerned, winning two world titles, losing world titles, seeing the world,” Camel said in 2015. “Some things people only dream about having, I did it. I’ve been there. I’ve been to the top of the mountain. But I feel there’s still something out there that I’ve got to have, and I don’t know what it is.” [2]

He is the subject of a biography released in December 2014, titled 'Warrior in the Ring' by Brian D'Ambrosio.[3][4] The book was nominated for the High Plains Book Award and several other awards. "Boxer Marvin Camel’s life story is the stuff Hollywood movies are made of," said Big Sky Journal.

Born on the Flathead Reservation to a Native American mother and African American father, Camel’s physical talents became obvious early in his life — and point to a path that could take him away from the poverty and isolation and racism that shape his childhood. D’Ambrosio looks at Camel’s early life, the departure of his father, and the place the Camel children had as mixed-race residents on the reservation. He examines the constructs of identity and takes them as a starting point for his story, built from years of interviews with Camel, his friends and family, and members of the boxing community.

Twice crowned world champion in the cruiserweight division, Camel proudly appeared in his eagle-feather headdress to represent his state and his mother’s people when he boxed. D’Ambrosio makes the point that Camel’s Montana heritage influenced his story — and perhaps his tenacity — as much as anything else. In reflecting on his career and marveling at what takes a young boy from Montana and makes him a world champion, Camel said of himself, “The hills and fresh air of Montana made Marvin Camel.”

But Camel’s story isn’t just a feel-good, “boy from a small state and a rough background makes good” tale. The trajectory of Camel’s career brought him into contact with some of the greatest names in the sport — and with some of the biggest conmen and villains trying to make money off the drama and danger. D’Ambrosio doesn’t flinch away from the ugliness of life on the reservation as a mixed blood, the brutality of life in the boxing ring, or disillusionment about life after a career has slipped away. Nor does the story end with regret. Camel now lives with his second wife in Florida where he works in landscaping. But he will live on forever in the lore and history of Montana.[5]

In December 2014, D'Ambrosio and Camel attended the 52nd Annual World Boxing Convention.[6]

Honors[edit]

In 2006 at the World Boxing Council's 44th annual convention WBC President José Sulaimán awarded Camel honorary champion status.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
62 fights 45 wins 13 losses
By knockout 21 8
By decision 24 5
Draws 4
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
62 Loss 45–13–4 United States Eddie Taylor MD 10 11/06/1990 Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
61 Loss 45–12–4 United States Joe Hipp TKO 6 02/12/1989 Washington (state) Lacey, Washington, United States
60 Win 45–11–4 United States Jerome Hill PTS 8 06/11/1989 Montana Butte, Montana, United States
59 Win 44–11–4 United States J.J. Cottrell UD 10 25/09/1989 Montana Billings, Montana, United States
58 Draw 43–11–4 United States Trent Surratt TD 1 10/08/1989 Montana Billings, Montana, United States
57 Loss 43–11–3 United States James Salerno TKO 6 31/05/1988 Italy Milan, Lombardia, Italy
56 Loss 43–10–3 Germany Ralf Rocchigiani PTS 10 26/04/1988 Germany Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
55 Loss 43–9–3 France Taoufik Belbouli TKO 4 10/10/1987 France Paris, France
54 Loss 43–8–3 United States Virgil Hill KO 1 01/05/1987 North Dakota Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States
53 Loss 43–7–3 Uruguay José María Flores Burlón UD 10 08/08/1986 Argentina Pergamino, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
52 Draw 43–6–3 United States Jimmy Bills PTS 10 22/05/1986 Idaho Boise, Idaho, United States
51 Loss 43–6–2 United States Lee Roy Murphy TKO 14 06/10/1984 Montana Billings, Montana, United States Lost IBF cruiserweight title
50 Win 43–5–2 Canada Roddy MacDonald TKO 5 13/12/1983 Canada Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Won Inagural IBF Cruiserweight Title
49 Win 42–5–2 United States Rocky Sekorski KO 9 21/05/1983 Montana Billings, Montana, United States
48 Loss 41–5–2 Kenya John Odhiambho TKO 2 11/02/1983 Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark
47 Win 41–4–2 Dominican Republic Leonardo Rodgers TKO 5 30/06/1982 Nebraska Omaha, Nebraska, United States
46 Loss 40–4–2 Puerto Rico Carlos de León TKO 8 24/02/1982 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States For WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles
45 Win 40–3–2 Nigeria Bash Ali PTS 12 02/10/1981 California San Francisco, California, United States
44 Win 39–3–2 United States Willie Shannon TKO 3 11/08/1981 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
43 Win 38–3–2 United States Rahim Muhammad UD 12 05/05/1981 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won Nevada Cruiserweight Title
42 Win 37–3–2 United States Ron Draper TKO 6 24/04/1981 Montana Billings, Montana, United States
41 Loss 36–3–2 Puerto Rico Carlos de León MD 15 25/11/1980 Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana, United States Lost WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles
40 Win 36–2–2 Croatia Mate Parlov UD 15 31/03/1980 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won Inagural WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles
39 Draw 35–2–2 Croatia Mate Parlov PTS 15 08/12/1979 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Split, Yugoslavia For Inagural WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles
38 Win 35–2–1 Mexico David Cabrera KO 3 30/08/1979 Texas McAllen, Texas, United States
37 Win 34–2–1 United States Macka Foley TKO 2 01/08/1979 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
36 Win 33–2–1 United States Bill Sharkey UD 12 05/06/1979 Montana Missoula, Montana, United States Won NABF Cruiserweight Title
35 Win 32–2–1 United States David Smith KO 9 24/04/1979 Montana Missoula, Montana, United States
34 Win 31–2–1 United States Jim Ingram PTS 10 28/02/1979 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
33 Win 30–2–1 United States Bob Heflin KO 2 03/01/1979 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
32 Win 29–2–1 United States Tom Bethea KO 2 11/11/1978 Montana Missoula, Montana, United States
31 Win 28–2–1 United States Dale Grant PTS 12 13/09/1978 Montana Butte, Montana, United States
30 Win 27–2–1 United States Ibar Arrington UD 10 22/08/1978 Idaho Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States
29 Win 26–2–1 United States Chuck Warfield KO 5 27/05/1978 Montana Missoula, Montana, United States
28 Win 25–2–1 United States Pete McIntyre PTS 10 07/04/1978 Montana Butte, Montana, United States
27 Win 24–2–1 The Bahamas Bobby Lloyd PTS 10 09/03/1978 Kansas Wichita, Kansas, United States
26 Win 23–2–1 United States David Smith PTS 10 08/02/1978 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
25 Win 22–2–1 United States Karl Zurheide RTD 7 08/12/1977 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
24 Win 21–2–1 Canada Ron Wilson PTS 10 29/08/1977 Montana Pablo, Montana, United States
23 Loss 20–2–1 United States Danny Brewer TKO 6 28/06/1977 Washington (state) Seattle, Washington, United States
22 Win 20–1–1 Canada Gary Summerhays UD 12 06/05/1977 Montana Missoula, Montana, United States
21 Draw 19–1–1 United States Dale Grant PTS 10 15/02/1977 Washington (state) Seattle, Washington, United States
20 Win 19–1 United States Lionel Ford UD 10 26/01/1977 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
19 Win 18–1 United States Larry Castaneda UD 10 20/11/1976 Washington (state) Seattle, Washington, United States
18 Win 17–1 United States Matthew Saad Muhammad MD 10 23/10/1976 Montana Missoula, Montana, United States
17 Win 16–1 United States Johnny Townsend UD 10 25/09/1976 Washington (state) Spokane, Washington, United States
16 Win 15–1 United States Johnny Townsend UD 10 28/08/1976 Montana Missoula, Montana, United States
15 Loss 14–1 United States Matthew Saad Muhammad SD 10 17/07/1976 California Stockton, California, United States
14 Win 14–0 Puerto Rico Angel Oquendo UD 10 08/05/1976 Montana Missoula, Montana, United States
13 Win 13–0 Mexico Rafael Gutierrez UD 10 07/04/1976 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
12 Win 12–0 United States Don Meloncon TKO 3 18/02/1976 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
11 Win 11–0 United States Pedro Vega KO 1 14/01/1976 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
10 Win 10–0 United States Danny Brewer UD 10 19/11/1975 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
9 Win 9–0 United States Terry Lee TKO 8 24/09/1975 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
8 Win 8–0 Canada Ron Wilson UD 10 20/08/1975 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
7 Win 7–0 United States Fernando Lee Jones RTD 6 28/05/1975 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
6 Win 6–0 United States Amado Vasquez KO 3 30/04/1975 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
5 Win 5–0 United States Jack Johnson UD 8 02/04/1975 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
4 Win 4–0 United States Chico Valdez KO 2 19/02/1975 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
3 Win 3–0 United States George Clark TKO 4 22/01/1975 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
2 Win 2–0 United States James T. Jackson TKO 4 25/02/1974 Idaho Boise, Idaho, United States
1 Win 1–0 United States Joe Williamson TKO 1 25/06/1973 Montana Butte, Montana, United States

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marvin Camel - Lineal Cruiserweight Champion". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.
  2. ^ http://missoulian.com/lifestyles/territory/new-biography-helps-marvin-camel-fight-time-obscurity/article_6233ac27-167c-5357-9748-57c6bca92b2b.html?comment_form=true
  3. ^ http://montanamagazine.com/warrior-in-the-ring-looking-back-with-marvin-camel/
  4. ^ LaTray, Chris (5 March 2015). "Lost Champ (Book review)". Missoula Independent. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  5. ^ http://bigskyjournal.com/Article/books-reading-the-west
  6. ^ http://flatheadbeacon.com/2015/01/02/resurrecting-legend-marvin-camel/

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Achievements
Inaugural Champion WBC cruiserweight champion
March 31, 1980 – November 25, 1980
Succeeded by
Carlos de León
Lineal cruiserweight Champion
March 31, 1980 – November 25, 1980
IBF cruiserweight champion
December 13, 1983 – October 6, 1984
Succeeded by
Lee Roy Murphy