Hailing from Panama, Ernesto Marcel is a former champion in the boxing ring. Born on May 23, 1948, Ernesto is known for his alias “‘ato”, which means “flat nose”. His fighting stance was orthodox, and he had a reach of 176 centimeters. Ernesto stands at a height of 5 feet 6 inches.
Marcel is also distinctive as he started out young in his professional career. Barely out of his teens, Ernesto started competing professionally in 1966. He had plowed his way through the ranks since then, defeating names such as Bernardo Caraballo. To note, Bernardo Caraballo tasted utter defeat at Marcel’s fists by being knocked out in the second round of their bout.
Marcel’s career, of course, was not just a smooth-sailing ride to victories. He also had tasted defeats during his professional career. This would include being knocked out by Roberto Duran. The TKO (technical knockout) occurred during the tenth round of their battle. This is considered as the only KO Marcel has ever been subjected to in his entire career.
Marcel also had 2 draws in his professional record. One such draw was when he fought Kuniaki Shibata in a celebrated fight on November 11, 1971.
Despite these drawbacks, Marcel had enjoyed a good professional boxing record. He had a total record of 40 victories, 4 defeats, and 2 draws. He had held the World Boxing Association’s title for the featherweight division, wrestling it from the clutches of Antonio Gomez whom he defeated the same year he fought Shibata. He was able to defend the title through four challenges.
Marcel’s last fight was on February 16, 1974, against Alexis Arguello. Arguello had sought to take the WBA featherweight title from Marcel, but Marcel stopped him in that bout. Marcel then decided to throw in the towel and retire from the boxing ring after defeating Arguello.