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Best Boxers of All Time From Montana
Marvin Camel (Former Cruiserweight World Champion)
Marvin Camel (Ronan, Montana)
Marvin Camel is a two-time Cruiserweight champion, having won the WBC and the IBF, and he retired with a record reading 45-13-4 with 21 knockouts. He holds the distinction of being the first ever Cruiserweight champion. Not a heavy puncher but he did have solid fundamentals complimented with footwork and a crisp jab. With better technique he could have done more but he is a twice crowned champ and that is a mighty fine thing to be proud of in itself. Camel is somewhat underrated and a few of his losses were controversial. One thing is for sure and that is Marvin Camel always gave 110 percent during his boxing contest. Camel may have lost his title in the ring but he lost it to a Hall of Fame boxer each time and best of all, he is a class act.
Mr. Camel's most significant wins came against the likes of Mate Parlov, Roddy MacDonald, Bash Ali and Matthew Saad Muhammad. Camel has beaten lots of other contenders and fringe contenders during the span of his ring career.
Best Heavyweight Boxers Ever
Todd "Kid" Foster
Todd Foster (Great Falls, Montana)
Todd "Kid" Foster is a former junior welterweight and welterweight contender. He retired from boxing sporting a record that stands at 41-4-1 with 34 stoppage victories. As his record suggests Foster could crack really hard. He also was a good combination puncher with accuracy in both of his hands. The biggest drawback with Todd Foster is his average speed and defense. Todd Foster is a handful for any fighter from 140-147 pounds on his best day. With another trainer and a high powered manager to build him slower, Foster may have finally won a title but he was still a skilled, solid prizefighter nonetheless. A long amateur career may have also benefited this flawed yet talented boxer from Montana. Foster was limited in several areas but his heart and determination seemed to be unlimited as he never went down without a fight. Todd Foster was a joy to watch because he never ducked a challenge and you knew you were gonna get a solid effort from him whether he won or lost.
Mr. Foster's best wins can from toppling Jeff Mayweather, Kelcie Banks, Mike Grable and Mark Hammon.
Which prizefighter from Montana is your favorite?
Joe Hipp vs. Bruce Seldon
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Joe Hipp (Browning, Montana)
"The Boss" is a former top rated heavyweight contender and he retired from boxing with a mark of 43-7with 29 knockouts. Joe Hipp was an overachiever because his defense amd speed were porous and he still managed to grab some solid wins during his prime. Hipp was basically a brawler who would take 3 to land 1 but man was he entertaining. His most memorable bouts were the ones that he lost such as his brawl with Tommy Morrison and his title fight against Bruce Seldon. Hipp was stopped by both boxers but he showed grit, determination and an amazing heart. Hipp was not always in top shape yet he competed with top fighters anyways even when he was suffering multiple facial cuts. If only he had proper conditioning to go with his grit.
Mr. Hipp beat some solid boxers including Everett Martin, Jose Ribalta, Alex Garcia and Rodolfo Marin. Hipp is known for losing rounds and mounting a comeback down the stretch.
Clips of Joe Hipp vs. Tommy Morrison (Video)
Tye Fields vs. Michael Grant
Birthplace of Tye Fields (Missoula, Montana)
Tye Fields (Missoula, Montana)
"Big Sky" is a former ranked contender who fought out of the heavyweight division. Tye Fields left the prize ring with a resume reading 49-5 with 44 knockouts to his credit. Fields definitely had the height, size and power to be heavyweight champion but he was rather slow of hand and foot and his chin could not hold up against heavy handed boxers. If he learned his defense from Floyd Mayweather, Sr. then maybe he could have been a champion but as it stands he was a contenda!! Win or lose this hard hitter was always entertaining to watch.
Mr. Fields had several good wins but his best came from beating Maurice Harris, Bruce Seldon, Saul Montana and Nicolai Firtha. These fighters were past their prime when they battled Fields but these were good wins either way.
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Clips of Todd Foster as a Amateur (Video)
Clips of Marvin Camel vs. Lee Roy Murphy (Video)
The Future of Boxing
Boxing's future looks really bright. With the retirement or near end of careers of boxers such as Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, Oscar De La Hoya and Sugar Shane Mosley boxing seemed on a down slope. Now boxing has reemerged from the ashes once again. 2015 was promising with boxing being shown on networks such as NBC and CBS. Not to mention all the fresh, talented young fighters arriving on the scene. Errol Spence, Kieth Thurman, Danny Garcia, Gennady Golovkin, Deontay Wilder and Canelo Alvarez. The future of boxing looks so bright I gotta wear shades. Boxing is in the midst of a resurgence and the growth seems to be going steady. I, for one, am very excited about what is next in the sport that I hold so dear to my heart.
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