Hector Macho Camacho update: Boxer in critical condition, brain dead
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Hector Macho Camacho update: Boxer in critical condition, brain dead

Bayamón : Puerto Rico | Nov 20, 2012 at 11:53 PM PST
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Camacho Update:

Camacho suffered a cardiac arrest at about 4:15 am "His heart stopped working. He was given medication and his heart started pumping again. Later in the morning, Rafael Rodriguez Mercado, president of the Medical Sciences Campus, told that the former world champion Hector "Macho" Camacho is brain dead. The Director of Medical Center said early this morning that the hospital's neurosurgery team only hope if the former champion brain recovers by itself. His brain activity is 3% in the Glasgow scale. "There has been no improvement. This is the toughest fight in the life of Macho Camacho "said the doctor this morning in a brief conversation with the media.

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Former boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho was shot almost to death in deadly car ambush that resulted his driver killed on Tuesday night in Puerto Rico. Camacho was rushed in Centro Medico de Rio Piedras in San Juan and currently in critical condition according to Elnuevodia.

Camacho was unconscious and expected to survive but could be paralyzed from the shooting, as told by Dr. Ernesto Torres, the hospital director.

The Camacho car ambushed happened around 7:00pm in nearby shopping center of Plaza del Sol in Bayamon, when one gunman got out from a gray Jeep Cherokee and opened fire on Camacho's Mustang vehicle. The name of the driver who was killed immediately after the shooting is not known yet.

Camacho who was in the passenger seat apparently got struck with a bullet in the jaw which exited his head and lodged in his right shoulder and fractured two vertebrae, according to the source. There were no arrest yet reported as of this time on the suspects.

Hector 'Macho' Camacho boxing career has been impressive in the boxing world especially in Puerto Rico. He's record speaks for itself with 79-6-3 and earned 38 wins by knockout. Camacho fought legendary Roberto Duran twice, the second of which sent Duran into retirement. He held multiple championship belts, and even knocked out Sugar Ray Leonard and went head-to-head with Felix Trinidad and Oscar De La Hoya during the twilight of his career.

Camacho's fame was implicated and marred by drug and alcohol problems during a career that haunts until his retirement. Camacho has run into the law several times with case from burglary of a computer store in Mississippi to drug ecstasy found in his car and domestic abuse complaints from his wife several years ago.

He's last title bout came against then-welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya in 1997, a loss by unanimous decision. Born in Bayamon, the 50 years old Camacho has been planning to cameback in the ring, he supposed to fight two years ago in Denmark until his opponent pulled out and that his team were looking at a possible bout in 2013, but sad to say that his bullet-wound now will prohibit him for a future comeback fight.

ESPN reports, that 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."

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Crime scene: Hector Camacho's Mustang car got ambushed that killed his driver and critically wounded the Puerto Rican boxer. (Photo credit GFR Media/Sebastian Perez)
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