Hector 'Macho' Camacho in Critical Condition After Being Shot in Puerto Rico

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor INovember 21, 2012

Boxing legend Hector "Macho" Camacho was reportedly shot multiple times on Tuesday night in Puerto Rico and is currently hospitalized in critical condition.

UPDATE: Friday, Nov. 23 at 10:19 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

In a saddening but not unexpected decision, Camacho's mother has decided to take the boxer off of life support on Saturday, according to MSN:

The mother of Hector 'Macho' Camacho plans to have the former championship boxer taken off life support Saturday, after three more of his sons arrive in Puerto Rico to be with him.

Maria Matias said Friday night she made the decision to have doctors remove him from life support. The boxer's oldest son says he opposes the decision.


UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 22 at 9:45 a.m. ET

Terrible and saddening developments as Hector "Macho" Camacho has been declared "clinically brain 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.


UPDATE: Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 5:50 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Sad news, folks—Ben Fox and Danica Coto of the Associated Press (via NBC Sports) report Camacho could shortly be taken off of life support:

The family of Hector "Macho" Camacho tried to decide Wednesday whether he should be removed from life support after a shooting in his Puerto Rican hometown left the former boxing champion clinging to life and his fans mourning the loss of a dynamic and often troubled athlete.

Doctors at the Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan were conducting additional tests to determine whether he was brain dead, according to said Ismael Leandry, a longtime friend and former manager who has been at the hospital with family members.

"He's battling minute to minute. This is the most important fight of his life," Torres told The Associated Press outside the hospital in the Puerto Rican capital.

Here's hoping there is positive news soon. For now, however, things are looking rather bleak. We'll continue to update as more information becomes available.


UPDATE: Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 11:20 a.m. ET by Adam Wells

According to BoxingScene.com, Camacho's condition has worsened and he has been placed on life support:

After it was discovered that Camacho's brain activity was low, [Dr. Ernesto] Torres said that two specialists will examine him to determine whether or not Camacho is brain dead. The specialists will then consult with other doctors and Camacho's mother, who was expected to arrive from New York, to discuss whether he should be removed from life support.

We will have updates on Camacho's condition when information becomes available, but this is certainly not the news you want to hear. 


UPDATE: Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 1:53 a.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to the Associated Press (via FOX Sports):

Former world boxing champion Hector ''Macho'' Camacho was shot in the face as he sat in a car outside the Puerto Rican capital Tuesday, and doctors said he was in serious condition but expected to survive.

The report also gives an explanation of the injury from Dr. Ernesto Torres:

The bullet apparently struck him in the jaw but exited his head and lodged in his right shoulder and fractured two vertebrae, Torres said. The doctor said the boxer, who was trailed by drug and alcohol problems during a career that included some high-profile bouts, could be paralyzed from the shooting.

Torres also added that ''Camacho's condition is extremely delicate. His physical condition will help him but we will see.''


The news comes from TMZ:

The former boxing champ was reportedly in the passenger seat of a car around 7 PM local time ... when another vehicle rolled up and someone opened fire ... striking Camacho several times in the neck and face. 

The driver of Camacho's car was reportedly killed in the attack. 

According to reports, Camacho was taken to a hospital and is currently listed in critical condition. 

Camacho is a legend in the boxing world. During an extremely impressive career in which he held multiple championship belts, the famous Puerto Rican went 79-6-3 and earned 45 wins by knockout.

He even bested the legendary Roberto Duran twice, the second of which sent Duran into retirement. He knocked out Sugar Ray Leonard and went toe-to-toe with Felix Trinidad and Oscar De La Hoya during the downslope of his career.

So, it's easy to see exactly what Camacho means to the boxing world and just how crushing this disastrous news has the potential to be. 

There are still many unknown details in this story, but it's safe to say this is news that no one wanted to hear regarding Camacho's out-of-ring exploits.

We'll be sure to keep you updated as more becomes available.


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