Macho Camacho Shot

By Robert Ecksel on November 21, 2012
Macho Camacho Shot
He lived life on the razor’s edge. The dance with danger was the dance he liked best.

Camacho was the quintessential wild and crazy guy whose wild ways and craziness were amplified by alcohol, cocaine and ecstasy….

“It’s Macho Time!”—Hector “Macho” Camacho

Former super featherweight, lightweight, junior welterweight, and middleweight champion Hector “Macho” Camacho survived an assassination attempt Tuesday night in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. He was shot in the face and neck by an unknown assailant in a passing car. Camacho was rushed to Centro Medico, a trauma center in San Juan, where he is listed in stable but critical condition.

The 50-year-old Camacho was born in Bayamón on May 24, 1962. His family moved to New York City, Spanish Harlem to be exact, when Camacho was a small boy.

Always energetic, always rambunctious, always impossible to pin down, Camacho ran wild as a teenager, but his wildness was curtailed, or at least sublimated, when he began studying karate and boxing.

Camacho was as tough as he was fast and won three New York Golden Gloves Championships from 1978 to 1980.

Camacho turned pro on Sept. 12, 1980 at New York’s Felt Forum and won his next 37 fights without a loss. During that amazing run he stopped Bazooka Limon in 1983 to win the vacant WBC super featherweight title; in 1985 he defeated José Luis Ramírez win the WBC lightweight belt; and Camacho defeated Ray Mancini in 1989 to win the vacant WBO junior welterweight title.

In addition to those noteworthy opponents, Camacho also fought Rafael Solis (1983), Freddie Roach (1985), Edwin Rosario and Cornelius Boza-Edwards (1986), Vinnie Pazienza (1990), Greg Haugen (twice in 1991), Julio César Chávez (1992), Felix Trinidad (1994), Roberto Duran (1996), and Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya (1997).

Camacho was a showman deluxe. Flamboyant and outrageous, with his spit curl and flashy garb he was the quintessential wild and crazy guy whose wild ways and craziness were amplified by alcohol, cocaine and ecstasy. There were drug-fueled capers in later years that would be laughable if they weren’t felonious. And child abuse charges were filed against him last April, for which he was awaiting trial.

Camacho never formally retired and had his last fight in May 2010. His record is 79-6-3.

Macho Camacho lived life on the razor’s edge, and the dance with danger was the dance he liked best.

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  1. The thresher 10:58am, 11/25/2012

    What does this thread have to do with “trolling?” I don’t get or understand that post and what it has to do with the tragic passing of still another boxing legend in a year where we already have lost way too many.

    Also, when a man is on life support and a family vigil is under way, it seems this is the time for those who embrace a religion or those who have some modicum of decency to show respect. As a Christian, I can only pray now that our Lord will grant Hector eternal peace and comfort, and that his family may be allowed to grieve with the support of the boxing community behind it..

  2. Don from Prov 08:19am, 11/25/2012

    I don’t like men who beat women—

    Well, I don’t like a lot of things, but the occasion of one’s passing does not seem the time for for haughtily condescending to his shortcomings, no matter how egregious they may be: Forget tradition (as vital as that may be to the functioning of society). It is simply a matter of taste—something that WAS in good supply on this site.  One might also point out that many boxers come from extremely trying circumstances and the degree to which they overcome those circumstances is often inspiring; however, while we can all be strong in some ways, no one is strong is all ways: We are all flawed.  Camacho was certainly a flawed human being and I have no idea how painful his struggles within those flaws were but he is no longer battling his demons. A measure of decency is not too much to ask of those choosing to post in the immediate aftermath of the death of man who likely did as well as he could in the world.  I believe the bible mentions casting the first stone.

  3. OY 06:26am, 11/24/2012

    Camacho entered cardiac arrest this morning and his mother ordered the removal of life support in response. Camacho died shortly thereafter. His mother said, “He died three days ago”. This loss is very real for this family and for that I regret the thoughts expressed by a hardened heart.

  4. OY 05:47am, 11/24/2012

    I’d be pleased as punch to be allowed to be myself again—Old Yank. But on this site I’m powerless to post as “Old Yank” because the log-in process has that name blocked. I got a “welcome back” message/email from Dmitry (thank you). If it was not sincere, I’m OK with that too.

  5. OY 05:28am, 11/24/2012

    Robert—I agree that the timing is awkward. I don’t know how to be more clear then putting it right out there that I am well aware of the uneasiness my thoughts can raise in fans. I do however recall a press and society quite ready, willing and able to piss on the hospital beds of Karen Ann Quinlan, Terri Schiavo and a host of folks associated with their cases. Pissing on hospital graves? “Not so much”? True. Unheard of? Far from it. As for “trolling”? I’m laughing my azz off. First, you blocked my log-in name “Old Yank”. Second, log-in names do not identify an individual—they are “trolling” by nature and definition. There was in infamous case of a dozen or so “trolling” names used by a writer on another site to praise his own writing and to enter into conversations with himself and amongst his fictional trolls. And finally, who (if they were once or ever interested in who I am) was actually stupid enough to not know that “OY” was Old Yank? Please, let’s get the chuckle out of this that it deserves.

  6. Robert Ecksel 04:40pm, 11/23/2012

    Pissing on someone’s grave has a long and honorable history. Pissing on someone’s hospital bed not so much.

  7. OY 01:32pm, 11/23/2012

    Presuming the question is mine to answer: Arrested for armed robbery. Arrested twice for domestic violence prior to his divorce. Arrested for child abuse earlier this year. A constant stream of drug and alcohol abuse incidents. And finally shot in the face in a double murder in what will likely be a drug-related crime. Mothers and fathers seem to always love their sons and daughters—seeing the “light” in their smiles, their mischief and laughter, no matter how many tracks line their arms or how long the rap sheet. But I’m not Hector’s mom or dad. And I suspect society can be mothering at times to a fault. I have a problem when human misfits get mounted on a trophy stand when these guys check out. He had a Hall of Fame boxing career and a life outside the ring spent in the sewer. I admit this is very harsh, but I’m not at all sure that His Maker will be judging him based on how many KO’s he scored or how many rounds he fought. Again, I am aware and respect that these thoughts are misplaced for many fans.

  8. The Tache 12:35pm, 11/23/2012

    Guess you won’t be asked to write a eulogy then. What did he do that was so bad it made you want to start trolling. Mixed up priorities indeed.

  9. OY 09:38am, 11/23/2012

    There is a time and place for everything and my thoughts may be terribly and intensively misplaced, but I need to express them anyway. An abusive piece of drug and alcohol-addicted, waste of other’s oxygen is taking his leave through the exit door found in the darkened sewers of life. This is a tragically old story for boxing—only the names attached to those who knew the boxer are different this time. A society that can celebrate his ring achievements while avoiding the stench of this too-often repeated story is a society with its priorities all mixed up.

  10. Joe 03:39pm, 11/21/2012

    Right now he is brain dead. Puerto Rico is not New York or Florida. Puerto Rico is dangerous as hell and people get killed or shot just for looking somebody in the face.

  11. andrew 11:48am, 11/21/2012

    really like the guy, hope he pulls through, God help him

  12. Laurena 08:41am, 11/21/2012

    I am watching this very closely as it appears that Camacho’s life is really on the line here.  It would be a shame to lose another great boxer in a tragic way.

  13. Joe 05:43am, 11/21/2012

    The Macho Man gave us a lot of great shows; I certainly hope he pulls through this one.

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