Hector 'Macho' Camacho Update: Latest News on Former Boxing Star's Status

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 21, 2012

Puerto Rican boxing star Hector Camacho, who won multiple world titles during his career, was shot in his home country on Tuesday.


UPDATE: Friday, November 23, 10:35 p.m. ET by Mike Hoag

Hector 'Macho' Camacho will be taken off of life support on Saturday, his mother said, according to an AP report (via MSN.com).

His mother says her son "died three days ago and he's only alive now because of a machine."

The family is awaiting the arrival of his three sons, according to the report. The eldest son is opposing the mother's decision.

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UPDATE: Thursday, November 22 at 9:50 a.m. ET

Dreadful developments as Hector 'Macho' Camacho has been declared "clinically braid dead," according to ESPN's staff.

Doctors say famed Puerto Rican boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho is clinically 'brain dead' after being shot in the face.

Dr. Ernesto Torres said at a news conference Thursday that doctors are still performing tests on Camacho before meeting with his family. Torres had said late Wednesday that Camacho was showing irregular and intermittent brain activity.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 12:54 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

Tragic news continues to come out in regards to Camacho's condition. According to Crave Online, doctors declared the boxing legend brain dead on Wednesday:

However, overnight Camacho suffered a cardiac arrest and his conditioned worsened severely. Tests to detect brain activity, which, according to El Nuevo Dia's sources are "part of the protocol of the organ donation process," found minimal activity.

As for the prospect of recovery now, Rafael Rodriguez Mercado, president of the Medical Sciences Campus, said, "It would be a miracle recovery."

Although things aren't looking great now, here's to hoping that the "miracle" recovery happens.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 11:30 a.m. ET

Unfortunately, BoxingScene.com states things have taken a turn for the worse. The report says Camacho's condition has reached a crucial juncture, which will force his family to make some tough decisions.

Former world champion Hector "Macho" Camacho, 50-years-old, was in critical condition Wednesday after being shot in Bayamon, Puerto Rico on Tuesday night - with doctors and his family expected to wrestle with whether to take him off life support after his condition worsened.

More information as it becomes available.

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This recent update sheds new light on a previous ESPN report that stated Camacho is expected to survive. Given these new details from BoxingScene.com, however, the outlook for the 50-year-old southpaw appears to be less positive.

In ESPN's report, it's stated that he was shot alongside a person with whom he was riding in a car near the capital of San Juan. While the other man didn't survive the shooting, Camacho remains in critical condition after the bullet went through his jaw and fractured two vertebrae.

Steve Tannenbaum, who had been working with the legendary boxer on a potential comeback, said he believes Camacho will overcome the adversity just like he has so many times in the past.

"This guy is a cat with nine lives. He's been through so much," he said (via ESPN). "If anybody can pull through it will be him."

Camacho hasn't stepped in the ring since 2010, when he was defeated by fellow journeyman Saul Duran by unanimous decision. For his career, the southpaw won 79 of his 88 fights. His most recent victory came over Perry Ballard in 2008.

The fact that Camacho was talking about a comeback illustrates his competitive fire. He's clearly far removed from his prime years in the ring, but many boxers make returns simply because they can't replace the feel of a high-profile bout.

It's probably going to take a couple more days for fans to get a better idea of what the future holds for Camacho. The ESPN report mentioned he could end up paralyzed, but it's too soon to make any definitive judgments.