This really concerned me because speed and mobility are two of Camron’s greatest assets.
Camron fought his heart out well enough that I thought he won a decision but it was not to be and Morban took the National Golden Glove Championship.
The two things I remember from that loss was that Camron whispered to me as he left the ring, “that will never happen again”, and the fact that Roberto Morban accepted his win graciously, as the people around him acted like a bunch of asses. Not only is there such a thing as loosing with class, but there is also such a thing a winning with class.
This past Saturday night in San Antonio, Texas, Camron Thompson was in the finals of the PAL National Tournament, which is a qualifying tournament for the United States Olympic Trials and he was defending his 2009 National PAL Championship, and in the other corner was Roberto Morban. Roberto is a mountain of a man weighing around 250 pounds of solid muscle and superb boxing skills. I spent the whole day being nervous, which is what us coaches do, but Camron kept telling me, as he always does, to stop being a “grandma” and that he would easily win the fight because he was whole and healthy. I never doubted him because he has put so much work and effort in to his sport, but it is the job of us coaches to worry.
Not only did Camron win, but he almost pitched a shut-out. The final decision score was 7 to 1 and Roberto Morban was as gracious in loosing as he had been last year in winning. Camron and I had no trouble being controlled and gracious winners because that’s what we do, and that is the Turner Boxing Club way.
It’s been quite a year for young Camron, as he won the 2010 USA Men’s Super Heavyweight Championship which made him the #1 super heavyweight in America and followed that up with a 2010 Ringside World Championship. He then went with the USA Boxing Team to England to train for two weeks and then the whole team went to Italy where Camron was the only USA team member to win both of the bouts against the Italians.
After returning home from Italy, he was an invited guest of Michael King in California, who was kind enough to have Camron come out and spar with all of this “giants” in preparation for the PAL Tournament. Michael King did this even though he had several super heavyweights boxing in the tournament. It was a great gesture by amateur boxing’s best friend.
Camron returned home yesterday, being Sunday afternoon from San Antonio, and only had a few hours to get his personal matters in order, as he left on Monday morning at 6:00 a.m. for a multi-country tournament in Helsinki, Finland. He was invited to this tournament along with a small delegation of other USA boxers and he will not return from Finland until October 20th.
Some interesting notes about Camron is that in addition to being one of the best boxers I have ever trained he is also one of the most mature, hardest working and funniest people, I’ve ever been associated with. It’s ironic that people who don’t know him actually think he is cocky; when he in fact he is just confident and may appear cocky much like a young Cassius Marcellus Clay did at the Olympic Games in Rome in 1960. In fact, the parallels are amazingly similar. They always said that young Cassius Clay was the Mayor of the Olympic village during that olympic championship and Camron fits that role perfectly, as all the boxers gravitate to him because of his wisdom and maturity. I guess it also helps that he’s really fun to be around.
When he returns, we’ll give him a couple of days off, which he probably won’t even accept and then start preparing for a very busy 2011 which will involve the Olympic Trials National Championships and other tournaments so that he can become the Super Heavyweight Representative to the United States at the 2012 Games in London, England
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About Lenroy Cam Thompson
Born in Long Island, New York. Thompson moved to Florida at 17 and picked up the sport of boxing. In 5 short year Thompson has become the most recognizable amateur boxer in the US. Participating in the 2008 Olympic trials and being the first boxer to secure a berth in the 2012 Olympic trials, Winning 7 National Tournaments and starting a breast cancer foundation, he is on the rise to success. http://www.myteamcam.com