Boxing Champion Hector 'Macho' Camacho Fighting for Life, Prognosis Grim

Kevin McRae@@McRaeWritesFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2012

Former world champion Hector Camacho is in critical condition after suffering gunshot wounds to the face and neck in Puerto Rico.
Former world champion Hector Camacho is in critical condition after suffering gunshot wounds to the face and neck in Puerto Rico.Al Bello/Getty Images

UPDATED 11/21/12 11:58 AM EST

The prognosis for former boxing world champion Hector "Macho" Camacho has become increasingly grim as the fighter has been taken off life support and is reportedly brain dead.

Hospital Director Dr. Ernesto Torres has described his prognosis as "very poor" at this stage. 



UPDATED 11/21/12 10:41 AM EST

Various media outlets are now reporting that Hector Camacho's condition has worsened overnight.

The Associated Press is reporting that Camacho's heart stopped overnight, and his family will have to make the decision on whether or not to keep him on life support

Doctors will now measure Camacho's brain activity and consult with his mother, who is arriving from New York, to determine whether or not to continue life support. 



UPDATED: 11/20/12 11:06 PM EST

More information is becoming available in the shooting of former boxing world champion Hector "Macho" Camacho. 

Rey Colon of is now reporting that according to Dr. Ernesto Torres, who is treating Camacho, he was shot in the face and the bullet ricocheted off a bone in his jaw and became lodged in his spine.

While his condition remains critical, if Camacho pulls through he will likely have trouble walking for the rest of his life.

No news has yet developed on possible motives for the attack and whether Camacho was the specific target or in the wrong place at the wrong time.


Former boxing world champion Hector "Macho" Camacho has been shot in his native Puerto Rico and is in critical condition.

According to Jhonny Gonzalez of, Camacho was the victim of a drive-by shooting in Bayoman, Puerto Rico.

The driver of the car was killed while Camacho, in the passenger seat, suffered gunshot wounds to his face and neck. He has been rushed to San Pablo Hospital in the city where he is in critical condition.

The full extent of his injuries, and whether or not they are life-threatening, is not yet known.

It is also not yet known whether this was a random event or whether Camacho may have been targeted.

Camacho was known for his colorful personality and style in the ring. He would often have elaborate entrances and in-ring attire that bordered on the ridiculous.

His personality often overshadowed that he was a very good fighter who accomplished a great deal in the ring.

During his career he was a four-time world champion in the super-featherweight, lightweight and junior welterweight classes.

He last fought in 2010, dropping a unanimous decision to journeyman Saul Duran.

We will follow this story for any additional developments and report them as soon as they become available.