Snell was “light and mighty” during his 12-year boxing career. Starting in 1947 at a mere 74 pounds until retirement in 1959 at 118 pounds, Snell won 154 of his 156 bouts. From 1949 to 1952 Snell won his weight class in Charleston, Cooper River, Gastonia, and High Point Golden Gloves championships. He also won titles in the Gastonia Silver Gloves and the United States Air Force. Snell was honored during his career many times as “Outstanding Boxer” and “Most KOs.” After retiring from the ring, Snell assisted with the boxing program in North Charleston.