Ex-boxer Camacho shot in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The Associated Press
Former world boxing champion Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho is taken by paramedics inside a medical center in San Juan after being shot in the face.Former world boxing champion Hector “Macho” Camacho was shot in the face as he sat in a car outside the Puerto Rican capital on Nov. 20, and doctors said was in serious condition but expected to survive.
Another man in the car died in the attack in which at least one gunman opened fire on their vehicle in the city of Bayamon, according to a statement from police.
Camacho was rushed to Centro Medico in San Juan, where he was in critical but stable condition, Dr. Ernesto Torres, the hospital director, told reporters.
The bullet struck him in the jaw but exited his head and lodged in his right shoulder and fractured two vertebrae, Torres said. The doctor said the boxer, who was trailed by drug and alcohol problems during his career, could be paralyzed from the shooting.
Camacho’s condition is extremely delicate,” he told Telenoticias. “His physical condition will help him but we will see.”
No arrests have been made in the shooting, police said.
Camacho representative Steve Tannenbaum said he was told by friends at the hospital that the boxer would make it.
“This guy is a cat with nine lives. He’s been through so much,” he said. “If anybody can pull through it will be him.”
Camacho was born in Bayamon, one of the cities that make up the San Juan metropolitan area. He won super lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight world titles in the 1980s.
Camacho has fought big bouts against Oscar de la Hoya, Felix Trinidad, Julio Cesar Chavez and Sugar Ray Leonard. He knocked out Leonard in 1997, ending what was that former champ’s final comeback attempt.
Camacho has a career record of 79-5-3, with his most recent fight coming in 2009.
Drug, alcohol and other problems have trailed Camacho since the prime of his boxing career. He was sentenced in 2007 to seven years in prison for the burglary of a computer store in Mississippi. While arresting him on the burglary charge in January 2005, police also found the drug ecstasy.