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mm EDiDWs Boxing i i i i i 3 Working his way to a dream Boxing comes first for Olympic hopeful -VV 1JLI VJ -f I JLL 7 VI 1 1 If 111 (a xn i fc m. i ii ill trr I I I GMAC FINANCING trjj V- AVAILABLE A By Mike Conklin J.C CAMELL HASN'T had much luck finding a job since graduating from Chicago's Gage Park High School last summer. Camell has looked into some part-time situations, and several leads' for full-time work failed to materialize. But, while Camell is more or less an unemployment statistic, he isn't overly concerned. In fact, if he were to run a Position Wanted ad, it would read like this: "Boxer, 18, looking for full-time position secondary to his sport.

Job must allow for minimum two hours daily in gym and travel whenever and wherever to achieve goal of Olympics." "Until I find just the right job that fits in with my boxing, I'm not said Camell. "I can get by until then. Boxing's number one for me. A lot of people are helping me and I'm staying at home. "I'd say not having a job is probably helpin' my boxing because I get more time in the gym," he gets kinda boring with nothing else to do all BRAND NEW 1982 CUTLASS SUPREME CPE.

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Heater, 4.3 Liter gionals next weekend, after qualifying with a state championship. Next come the junior welterweight finals of the 52d annual Chicago Catholic Youth Organization tournament Nov. 24 at St. Andrew's Gym. "I like it when my schedule starts picking up like this," said Camell.

"It's a chance to use what I've learned in the gym. It's a lot easier to get your timing down when you've got more fights." Camell, who's won two Chicago Golden Glove titles, will be shooting for a second straight CYO belt against Joliet's Lance Scott. "Right now, J.C. would have to be rated the absolute cream of the city's crop," says Sean Curtin, CYO boxing director and a longtime local fight official. That sort of praise ranks Camell among such recent boxers as Lee Roy Murphy, a 1980 Olympic qualifier before the boycott, Renal-do Snipes, Alfonzo Ratliff, Wayne Lynumn, and John Collins, who have become pros.

LIKE MOST amateur fighters who become successful pros, Camell's willingness to work and blot out normal teen-age distractions are setting him. apart from other boxers. "I think what helps even more is that J.C. is great at learning from his mistakes," explained Curtin. "For instance, a couple of years Stock No.

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J.C. Camell ago his first big loss was against Lance Scott. In fact, Scott stopped him early. He was a lefty and J.C. had never seen that before.

''But the next time they fought, J.C. came back to beat him and he's done it again. Ii a kid's got the right amount of skills, and it doesn't have to be an awful lot, he can go a long way if he works hard. "But it isn't enough just to have the skills. I've seen it happen a thousand times.

A kid becomes one of the best at his weight in the city and then doesn't improve." Lu it? a ujg i day. THE OLYMPIC dream, an unrealistic goal for most boxers, is no idle ambition for Camell, according to most Chicago fight experts. The pace starts escalating with the American Boxing Federation re- 1982 FIRENZA COUPE Tinted glass, power windows, steering Stock No. 8303 brakes, automatic, folding rear seat, electric rear defogger, air cruise control, tilt wheel, super stock wfteels, white wall Bowling tires, AMFM stereo MORE! DEMO -'Excludes state and local taxes. Dealer options extra.

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Finals start at 2.30 p.m. Saturday. Who Nineteen of the Professional Bowlers Association's top 20 money winners are entered In the PBA Tour's last national event of the year. Steve Martin of Kingsport, will defend his title. Glenn Allison, who bowled a controversial 900 series earlier this year in La Habra, also is among the entrants.

Purse $110,000, with $15,000 for the winner and $8,000 for the runner-up. Television Finals will be televised on a tape-delay basis by USA Cable Network for broadcast Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. Tickets Prices range from $4.50 to $8. Seating Is limited, and fans are advised to phone ahead to inquire about ticket availability.

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Through rocky times and prosperous times, he keeps one thought in mind. "I believe I can make a lot of money out there," said the 22-year-old from La Grange. "You have to stick it out when things are going bad and make sure you do good when you have the chance to do good." Forst will have one of those opportunities to prove his ability in the $110,000 Brunswick Memorial World Open Tournament Monday through Saturday at Brunswick Northern Bowl in west suburban Glendale Heights. He's only one of several local bowlers on hand; the list is headed by Chicago's Carmen Salvino and Mark Fahy, Mt. Prospect's Ron Nelson, and Vernon Hills' Bill Spigner- THIS TOURNAMENT is special for Forst.

He finished fourth last year to make the televised finals, his best national tournament showing. But if Forst feels uncomfortable with the pressure to repeat his 1981 finish, he doesn't say so. "There's a big difference between bowling leagues and bowling in a tournament," said Forst. Leagues were always boring to me. I liked the competition of tournaments better.

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Other top names in the field include Wayne Webb, Marshall Holman, Earl Anthony and Nelson Burton Jr. For Forst, bowling against the big shots is a childhood dream come true. "I knew when I was 10 or 11 I wanted to be a pro bowler some day," said Forst, who bowled seven days a week while going to Lyons Township High School. His 205 average in iunior tournaments was more than the 190 required to become a member of the PBA and join the tour. Still, choosing between college or taking a chance on the tour was difficult.

The day before his freshman business classes were to start at College of Du Page, Forst had a change of heart. "I'd been bowling pretty good. I weighed the issues and picked bowling," he said. Forst has no sponsor, and he doesn't work regularly with a coach. Besides the financial support of his parents, he has had to struggle alone on the road.

After two years of paying dues and "learning a few things from the better bowlers," Forst finally started making some money on the tour in 1981. "That fall I had such a good feeling," said Forst, who carries a 210 league average. "But I started this year a little tight, and then came the injuries." MORT EDIDIN bother me. "Playing near home is special because my family and friends come out. People say that makes it harder, but for me it's easier.

I think having them there makes me work harder." Forst hasn't been working much at all this year. Arm and groin injuries have limited his play primarily to regional instead of national tournaments. He said he is healthy, though, for qualifying rounds Monday through Wednesday, when he'll compete against 192 other pros for one of the 48 spots in Thursday's second round of play. Twenty-four survivors move into Thursday night's match play, 24 mm1' WWII" 1 OOP 28 Section lj Chicago Tribune, Monday, November 15, 1982 i i-1 "21 r. i y( i) i' -i i i 1 'i i- Mi lit Hi i ill i i i ii 1 1 1 1 Hi it i.

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