(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — Hector “Macho” Camacho has died. Camacho was shot in the face on Tuesday and announced clinically brain dead on Thursday while on life support. His family decided to take him off support on Saturday morning. He was 50.
Camacho fought his last fight in 2010 against Sal Duran in Kissimmee, Florida, which was one to forget. He made his debut in boxing against David Brown at New York’s Felt Forum in 1980.
Camacho won his first world title on Aug. 7, 1983, after he defeated Rafael Limon in a super-featherweight bout in Puerto Rico, which Don King promoted. In 1985, Camacho captured the lightweight title after he beat Jose Luis Ramirez.
“We laughed together, we were champions together,” said former heavyweight champ Pinklon “Pink” Thomas on Friday, who was a friend of Camacho. “That aura that you carry as a champion with another champion, you understand each other.”
The former champion fought some of boxing’s greatest, including Oscar De La Hoya, Roberto Duran, Felix Trinidad, and Sugar Ray Leonard.
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