Warrior in the Ring: The life of Marvin Camel, Native American world champion boxer

Warrior in the Ring: The life of Marvin Camel, Native American world champion boxer

by Brian D'Ambrosio

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Warrior in the Ring: The life of Marvin Camel, Native American world champion boxer by Brian D'Ambrosio

In the Golden Age of boxing, Marvin Camel—a mixed blood from the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana—defied all obstacles of race, poverty, and geographical isolation to become the first Native American to win a world boxing title.

Complex and wildly charismatic, Camel combined tremendous physical talent with staggering self-discipline—forged by the sting of his father’s belt—to claw his way to the top, twice winning world titles in the newly minted cruiserweight division and fighting on the same cards as boxing icons Roberto Duran, Larry Holmes, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Bob Foster.

Camel’s journey was an amazing example of gritty determination: punishing runs on Montana’s back roads, relentless training in make-shift gyms, sleeping in beat-up cars before fights in glittering Las Vegas, and even training and fighting for a world championship in a foreign country, alone.

Always, Camel willingly represented his state and his people, proudly wearing his eagle-feather headdress into the ring. Yet with success came sacrifice and pain, both physical and personal, but in life as in the boxing ring, Camel emerged bloody but unbowed.

With irresistible detail gleaned from years of frank interviews with Camel, his family and friends, his former opponents, and seasoned boxing insiders, Brian D’Ambrosio’s gripping biography captures the drama, danger, beauty, and ugliness of boxing, of Indian life on reservations, and especially, of the life of a stereotype-shattering man who inspired his people and boxing fans everywhere with his courage, achievements, and great warrior heart.

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BN ID: 2940150271487
Publisher: Riverbend Publishing
Publication date: 02/01/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 248
File size: 16 MB
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About the Author

Brian D’Ambrosio is a Helena, Montana, writer, instructor, and media consultant. D’Ambrosio’s recent articles have been published in local, regional, and national publications, including "Cowboys and Indians," "Wisconsin Trails," "Bark Magazine," "Montana Magazine," and "Backpacker Magazine." His most recent e­book chronicled the trial and conviction of exonerated murderer Ryan Ferguson, "101 Reasons Why Ryan Ferguson Should Be Released." D’Ambrosio is a frequent contributor to, among other internet sites, “The Huffington Post,” where he profiles an eclectic assortment of people. He is currently completing a first volume of in-depth profiles of ex-entertainment wrestlers, football players, and boxers called "Life in the Trenches." He may be reached at

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Steve-Y More than 1 year ago
This is the most inspiring story of a man going from the what most can never escape & making it to the top of the world twice. Camel is one to emulate both in his iron will & in his humility. He has helped at Special Olympics, visited Headstart classes, and sick people in their homes. Brian does a great job making reading this book a pleasure.