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 holds the distinction of being the first person recognized as Cruiserweight boxing champion of the world by two different professional sanctioning bodies.
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.” 
He is the subject of a biography released in December 2014, titled 'Warrior in the Ring' by Brian D'Ambrosio,. 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.
In December 2014, D'Ambrosio and Camel attended the 52nd Annual World Boxing Convention.
Professional boxing record
|45 Wins (21 knockouts, 24 decisions), 13 Losses (8 knockouts, 5 decisions), 4 Draws |
|Loss||30-9-1||Eddie "Young Joe Louis" Taylor||MD||10||11/06/1990||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States||93-99, 94-97, 99-99.|
|Loss||9-1||Joe "The Boss" Hipp||TKO||6||02/12/1989||Lacey, Washington, United States|
|Win||4-1-1||Jerome "Mole" Hill||PTS||8||06/11/1989||Butte, Montana, United States|
|Win||23-25-4||J.J. Cottrell||UD||10||25/09/1989||Billings, Montana, United States|
|Draw||4-15||Trent Surratt||TD||1||10/08/1989||Billings, Montana, United States|
|Loss||36-8||James Salerno||TKO||6||31/05/1988||Milan, Lombardia, Italy|
|Loss||21-2-5||Ralf "Rocky II" Rocchigiani||PTS||10||26/04/1988||Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany|
|Loss||21-1||Taoufik Belbouli||TKO||4||10/10/1987||Paris, France|
|Loss||15-0||Virgil "Quicksilver" Hill||KO||1||01/05/1987||Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States||Camel knocked out at 2:52 of the first round.|
|Loss||79-9-6||Jose Maria Flores Burlon||UD||10||08/08/1986||Pergamino, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina|
|Draw||8-4-3||Jimmy "Million Dollar" Bills||PTS||10||22/05/1986||Boise, Idaho, United States|
|Loss||20-0||Lee Roy "Solid Gold" Murphy||TKO||14||06/10/1984||Billings, Montana, United States||IBF World Cruiserweight Title.|
|Win||25-3||Roddy MacDonald||TKO||5||13/12/1983||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada||IBF World Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:49 of the fifth round.|
|Win||13-0||Rocky Sekorski||KO||9||21/05/1983||Billings, Montana, United States||IBF USBA Cruiserweight Title.|
|Loss||14-0||John Odhiambho||TKO||2||11/02/1983||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Win||10-7||Leonardo Rodgers||TKO||5||30/06/1982||Omaha, Nebraska, United States||IBF USBA Cruiserweight Title.|
|Loss||31-2||Carlos "Sugar" De Leon||TKO||8||24/02/1982||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||WBC World Cruiserweight Title.|
|Win||14-5||Bash Ali||PTS||12||02/10/1981||San Francisco, California, United States||IBF USBA Cruiserweight Title.|
|Win||17-1||Willie "The Cannon" Shannon||TKO||3||11/08/1981||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Nevada Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 0:27 of the third round.|
|Win||7-6||Rahim Muhammad||UD||12||05/05/1981||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Nevada Cruiserweight Title. 120-107, 120-108, 120-107.|
|Win||7-21-1||Ron Draper||TKO||6||24/04/1981||Billings, Montana, United States|
|Loss||29-2||Carlos "Sugar" De Leon||MD||15||25/11/1980||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States||WBC World Cruiserweight Title. 142-145, 145-145, 141-145.|
|Win||24-2-2||Mate Parlov||UD||15||31/03/1980||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||WBC World Cruiserweight Title. 144-141, 148-141, 149-141.|
|Draw||24-2-1||Mate Parlov||PTS||15||08/12/1979||Split, Croatia||WBC World Cruiserweight Title. 147-142, 143-143, 144-144.|
|Win||14-4||David "Maceton" Cabrera||KO||3||30/08/1979||McAllen, Texas, United States|
|Win||33-19-1||Macka Foley||TKO||2||01/08/1979||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||17-3-1||Bill Sharkey||UD||12||05/06/1979||Missoula, Montana, United States||NABF Cruiserweight Title.|
|Win||10-17-5||David "The King" Smith||KO||9||24/04/1979||Missoula, Montana, United States|
|Win||8-4-1||Jim "Beam" Ingram||PTS||10||28/02/1979||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||5-3||Bob Heflin||KO||2||03/01/1979||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||22-20-3||Tom "Bomb" Bethea||KO||2||11/11/1978||Missoula, Montana, United States|
|Win||18-4-1||Dale Grant||PTS||12||13/09/1978||Butte, Montana, United States|
|Win||26-4-1||Ibar Arrington||UD||10||22/08/1978||Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States|
|Win||8-9||Chuck Warfield||KO||5||27/05/1978||Missoula, Montana, United States|
|Win||7-8-1||Pete McIntyre||PTS||10||07/04/1978||Butte, Montana, United States|
|Win||14-16-1||"Beautiful" Bobby Lloyd||PTS||10||09/03/1978||Wichita, Kansas, United States|
|Win||9-13-5||David "The King" Smith||PTS||10||08/02/1978||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||39-26-4||Karl Zurheide||RTD||7||08/12/1977||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Zurheide retired after the seventh round.|
|Win||63-25-7||Ron Wilson||PTS||10||29/08/1977||Pablo, Montana, United States|
|Loss||12-10-1||Danny Brewer||TKO||6||28/06/1977||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Win||28-8-3||Gary Summerhays||UD||12||06/05/1977||Missoula, Montana, United States|
|Draw||9-3||Dale Grant||PTS||10||15/02/1977||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Win||8-4||Lionel "The Train" Ford||UD||10||26/01/1977||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||10-3-1||Larry Castaneda||UD||10||20/11/1976||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Win||13-1-1||Matthew Saad Muhammad||MD||10||23/10/1976||Missoula, Montana, United States||100-91, 98-96, 96-96.|
|Win||5-5||Johnny Townsend||UD||10||25/09/1976||Spokane, Washington, United States|
|Win||5-4||Johnny Townsend||UD||10||28/08/1976||Missoula, Montana, United States|
|Loss||11-1-1||Matthew Saad Muhammad||SD||10||17/07/1976||Stockton, California, United States|
|Win||28-17-1||Angel "of Death" Oquendo||UD||10||08/05/1976||Missoula, Montana, United States|
|Win||43-11-5||Rafael "Raffles" Gutierrez||UD||10||07/04/1976||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||2-2||Don Meloncon||TKO||3||18/02/1976||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||1-1||Pedro Vega||KO||1||14/01/1976||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8-4||Danny Brewer||UD||10||19/11/1975||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||15-17-5||"Irish" Terry Lee||TKO||8||24/09/1975||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:46 of the eighth round.|
|Win||62-23-7||Ron Wilson||UD||10||20/08/1975||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||2-4||Fernando Lee Jones||RTD||6||28/05/1975||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||23-25-3||Amado Vasquez||KO||3||30/04/1975||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||4-14-2||"Cracker" Jack Johnson||UD||8||02/04/1975||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||0-1||Chico Valdez||KO||2||19/02/1975||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||5-3||"Curious" George Clark||TKO||4||22/01/1975||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:31 of the fourth round.|
|Win||9-7-1||James T. Jackson||TKO||4||25/02/1974||Boise, Idaho, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:29 of the fourth round.|
|Win||--||Joe Williamson||TKO||1||25/06/1973||Butte, Montana, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:19 of the first round.|
In 2006 at the World Boxing Council's 44th annual convention WBC President José Sulaimán awarded Camel honorary champion status.
- "Marvin Camel". Cyber Boxing Zone. Retrieved August 3, 2011.
- LaTray, Chris (5 March 2015). "Lost Champ (Book review)". Missoula Independent. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
|World Cruiserweight Champion
March 31, 1980 – November 25, 1980
|IBF Cruiserweight Champion
February 13, 1983 – October 6, 1984
Lee Roy Murphy