Legendary boxer Hector “Macho” Camacho has died after being taken off of life support. Camacho, 50, was shot in the face on Tuesday (11/20) as he sat in a parked car in Puerto Rico. He was declared brain dead but was being kept alive until his entire family, reportedly three of his sons, had the chance to see him one last time. A friend who was in the car, Adrian Mojica Moreno, was also killed.
The police said that two men fled the scene in a sport utility vehicle, but that no arrests had been made. They said nine bags of cocaine were found in Moreno’s pockets and a 10th was found open in the car.
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Fighting in bouts sanctioned by professional boxing’s myriad organizing bodies, Camacho, who called himself Macho Camacho, won titles as a super featherweight (maximum 130 pounds), a lightweight (135 pounds) and a junior welterweight (140 pounds). In his last title bout, at age 35 in 1997, he fought at 147 pounds and lost to the welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya.
Terrifically agile and fast afoot, Camacho had a sackful of canny tricks gleaned from his teenage years as a street fighter; he was known occasionally to spin his opponents 180 degrees and reach around to punch them from behind. Rather than a slugger, he was a precise, impossibly rapid-fire puncher and deft counterpuncher.
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