November 21, 2012 in Sports

‘Macho’ Camacho seriously wounded in P.R. shooting

Associated Press

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Former champion boxer Hector “Macho” Camacho was seriously wounded Tuesday in a shooting outside the Puerto Rican capital, and doctors and his spokesman said he was expected to survive.

At least one gunman opened fire on Camacho, 50, and another man as they sat in a car in the city of Bayamon. The other man, whose relationship to the former boxer wasn’t immediately known, was killed, according to a statement from police.

Camacho was rushed to Centro Medico, the trauma center in San Juan, where he was in critical but stable condition, Dr. Ernesto Torres, the hospital director, told reporters.

The bullet apparently 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 a career that included some high-profile bouts, was at risk of paralysis from the shooting.

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.”

The fighter’s last title bout came against then-welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya in 1997, a loss by unanimous decision. Tannenbaum said he was going to fight two years ago in Denmark until his opponent pulled out and that they were looking at a possible bout in 2013.

Camacho won 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 79-5-3, with his most recent fight coming in 2009.

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