Marvin was born September 12, 1932 in Gaffney, SC. He began boxing in 1953 under Coach Roy Turner, who is also a Carolinas Boxing Hall of Fame Member. Marvin joined the Navy and boxed until 1957, becoming the Fleet Champion as well as the Far East All Navy Heavyweight Champion in 1957. Marvin returned home in 1957 and went on to win a number of Championships throughout the Carolina’s and also became the Open Heavyweight Champion in 1960. He retired in 1961 with a total of 56 wins (35 of them by way of KO) and 13 losses. Marvin Smith currently resides in his hometown of Gaffney, South Carolina.