Boxing Legend Hector “Macho” Camacho On Life Support After Being Shot In The Face
This year has been really tough on boxing fans as Emamuel Steward, Johnny Tapia, Carmen Basilio, Corrie Sanders, Michael Dokes, and Bert Sugar have all passed away. The latest tragedy came on Tuesday night in Puerto Rico when former world champion Hector “Macho” Camacho was shot in the face outside of a bar in Puerto Rico. The 50-year-old former champion and a friend were both shot by assailants. His friend, 49-year-old Adrian Mojica Moreno was killed immediately. Camacho survived, but his condition has worsened over the past 24 hours to the point where his family will have to decide whether he will remain on life support, according to ESPN.
Camacho was rushed to Centro Medico, where doctors initially said the bullet passed through his jaw and lodged in his shoulder. Torres said the bullet damaged three of the four main arteries in his neck and fractured two vertebrae, which could leave him paralyzed if he were to survive.
The car that the flamboyant champion was in happened to be found with a open bag of cocaine. Morena was found with nine bags in his pocket. It is not known whether this was a robbery or not. ESPN gave a brief history on Camacho’s career.
Camacho was born in Bayamon, one of the cities that make up the San Juan metropolitan area
He left Puerto Rico as a child and grew up mostly in New York’s Harlem neighborhood, one of the reasons he later earned the nickname “the Harlem Heckler.”
He went on to win super lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight world titles in the 1980s.
Camacho has fought other high-profile bouts in his career against Felix Trinidad, Julio Cesar Chavez and Sugar Ray Leonard. Camacho knocked out Leonard in 1997, ending what was that former champ’s final comeback attempt.
Camacho has a career record of 79-6-3.
Our thoughts are with Camacho and his family.