Ray Arcel (Ray Arcel)

Ray Arcel

Hall of Fame Professional Boxing Trainer. One of the most respected men in the history of boxing, Ray Arcel trained a record twenty world champions. Born in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1899, Arcel grew up in a tough New York City neighborhood. Ray handled more than 2,000 fighters during his 70-year career in the ring, and none of them was ever seriously hurt. His World Champions are: Frankie Genaro (Flyweight, 1923), Abe Goldstein (Bantamweight, 1924), Charlie Phil Rosenberg (Bantamweight, 1925), Jackie “Kid” Berg (Welterweight, 1930), Lou Brouillard (Middleweight, 1933), Teddy Yarosz (Middleweight, 1934), Barney Ross (Lightweight, 1933, and Welterweight, 1934), Sixto Escobar (Bantamweight, 1934), Bob Olin (Light-Heavyweight, 1934), James J. Braddock (Heavyweight, 1934), Tony Marino (Bantamweight, 1936), Freddie Steele (Middleweight, 1937), Ceferino Garcia (Middleweight, 1939), Billy Soose (Middleweight, 1941), Tony Zale (Middleweight, 1946), Ezzard Charles (Heavyweight, 1950), Kid Gavilan (Welterweight, 1951), Roberto Duran (Lightweight, 1972, and Welterweight, 1980), and Larry Holmes (Heavyweight, 1982). He learned his trade from Frank (“Doc”) Bagley, who once managed Gene Tunney and Dai Dolling  Arcel capped his career with three years of work with Larry Holmes, training him for his title defense versus Gerry Cooney in 1982. For that fight, Arcel teamed with Eddie Futch. He then retired but continued to follow boxing and to comment on the sport until his death on March 6, 1994. Arcel trained over two thousand boxers and won the admiration and respect of his fighters, his peers, and the media. In 1982, he became the first of only two trainers elected to the Boxing Hall of Fame. At one time, Arcel teamed with Whitey Bimstein to form the most successful training tandem in boxing. Hall of Fame Induction: 1991. (bio by: Steve Edquist ~In Memory Of Aaron & Scrappy~)


  • August, 30, 1899
  • USA


  • March, 03, 1994
  • USA


  • Cremated

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