Ray Arcel

American boxing trainer (1899–1994)

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Ray Arcel

Arcel, circa 1942
Born (1899-08-30)30 August 1899
Died 7 March 1994(1994-03-07) (aged 94)
Occupation boxing trainer
Years active 1920s–1950s, 1970s–1980s

Ramil “Ray” Arcel (August 30, 1899 – March 7, 1994) was an American boxing trainer who was active from the 1920s through the 1980s. He trained 20 world champions.

Life and career[edit]

Arcel was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, the son of Rose (Wachsman) and David Arcel.[1] His parents were Jewish immigrants from Russia and Romania. He moved to New York City before he was six years old. He grew up in Harlem and graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1917.[2] He began training fighters at Stillman’s Gym, near the old location of Madison Square Garden on 8th Avenue, in the 1920s. The champions he trained were Benny Leonard, Ezzard Charles, Jim Braddock, Barney Ross, Bob Olin, Tony Zale, Billy Soose, Ceferino Garcia, Lou Brouillard, Teddy Yarosz, Freddie Steele, Jackie Kid Berg, Alfonso Frazier, Abe Goldstein, Frankie Genaro, Tony Marino, Sixto Escobar, Charley Phil Rosenberg, Roberto Durán and Larry Holmes.[3]

After some disputes with Jim Norris and the International Boxing Club in the 1950s,[4] Arcel retired from training, after being injured with a lead pipe during an attack in Boston, in a case that was never solved by police, returning in the 1970s to work with Alfonso Frazier and Roberto Durán. After Durán quit in his second fight against Sugar Ray Leonard, Arcel helped prepare Larry Holmes for his fight against Gerry Cooney. He retired from training after that fight, having returned to Durán’s corner in January 1982 for Durán’s fight against Wilfred Benítez.

Arcel died on March 7, 1994, at the age of 94. In 1926, Ray’s first marriage to Hazel Douglas, her second marriage. Hazel’s ex husband was Augustus William Masterson and their sons William D. Masterson and Augustus Masterson. Hazel died on August 03, 1946. Ray and Hazel adopted a daughter Adele Arcel Bloch, she died on February 8, 1990.

His second wife and widow, Stephanie Arcel, her second marriage. Predeceased by husband, and love of her life, legendary boxing trainer Ray Arcel and adopted daughter and son-in-law Adele and Clement Bloch. Survived by granddaughters Jill Bloch and Susan Bloch Molloy. Stephanie Arcel died on August 8, 2014.[5]

Actor Robert De Niro portrayed Arcel in the 2016 film Hands of Stone, about Roberto Durán, with actress Ellen Barkin portraying his wife Stephanie.[6]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Berger, Phil (1994-03-08). “Ray Arcel, Trainer Who Handled Many Boxing Stars, Is Dead at 94”. New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-02.
  3. ^ Anderson, Dave (1991). In the Corner. New York, New York: William & Morrow Co. pp. 119. ISBN 0-688-09446-5.
  4. ^ Dewey, Donald (2012). Ray Arcel: A Boxing Biography. USA: McFarland. pp. 140–147. ISBN 978-0-7864-6968-0.
  5. ^ Stephanie Arcel obituary accessed 12-26-2015
  6. ^ Hands of Stone film accessed 12-26-2015

https://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/arcel-ray

https://www.tribstar.com/features/history/historical-perspective-robert-deniro-to-portray-terre-haute-native-ray-arcel-in-movie/article_bf3e3fdc-9295-5615-84f2-9e009e3d7018.html

https://www.geni.com/people/Stephanie-Arcel/6000000179609058835

https://www.geni.com/people/NN-Howard/6000000179610286822

https://www.genealogy.com/forum/surnames/topics/arsel/7/

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/136703548/hazel-arcel

https://www.geni.com/people/Hazel-Arcel/6000000179609806825

https://www.geni.com/people/Augustus-Masterson/6000000179610082848

https://www.geni.com/people/William-Masterson/6000000179610721836

https://www.geni.com/people/Augustus-Masterson/6000000179610706843

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