Hector Camacho

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Name: Hector Camacho
Alias: Macho
Birth Name: Hector Luis Camacho
Born: 1962-05-24
Birthplace: Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Died: 2012-11-24 (Age:50)
Hometown: Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Stance: Southpaw
Height: 5′ 6½″   /   169cm
Reach: 69″   /   175cm
Boxing Record: click

Trainer: Rudy Mata
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Hector Camacho, father of fellow boxer Hector Camacho Jr., was a talented southpaw, who had one of the most solid chins in the history of professional boxing. He was never stopped or injured in 88 professional bouts.

Amateur Career

  • Trained at the LaSombra Sporting Club in New York
  • Amateur Record: 96-4
  • 1978 New York Golden Gloves Flyweight Sub-Novice Champion
  • 1979 New York Golden Gloves Bantamweight Open Champion, over Paul DeVorce of the Yonkers
  • 1979 Intercity Golden Gloves 119 Pound Champion, over Jesse Torres PAL
  • 1980 New York Golden Gloves Bantamweight Open Champion, over Tyrone Jackson
  • 1980 Intercity Golden Gloves 125 Pound Champion, over O. J. Johnson

Professional Career

  • Known for his large gold lettering 'Macho' neck chain which was his public image trademark, his forehead curly-cue tuft of hair, and his colorful expression 'It's Macho Time!' repeated by fans at his fights. Bouts with 'Machoman' were a television favorite.
  • A great entertainer and electric flamboyant showman who generated fan excitement in the ring and out, whose flare for flashy costumes, jewelry and cars. and friendly outgoing demeanor delighted the media and earned him millions of fans worldwide.
  • Career spanned over 28 years. Fought between 127 pounds (pro debut) and 169 pounds. Camacho had planned another comeback in 2013, but died tragically before it could take place. Had a reality show, 'Es Macho Time' [[1]][[2]][[3]].


Funeral Ceremonies

  • The open casket wake for Hector 'Macho' Camacho at the Puerto Rico Department of Sports and Recreation in Santurce included former champions Felix Trinidad, Wilfred Benitez, Alfredo Escalera, Wilfredo Gomez and Wilfredo Vazquez, followed by John John Molina, Samuel Serrano, Román Martínez, Juan Manuel López, Nelson Dieppa, Alex Sánchez, Julian Solís, and Manny Siaca, and the Puerto Rican amateur champion fighting brothers McWilliams Arroyo and McJoe Arroyo.
  • The New York City wake for Camacho began with a beautiful two white horse drawn carriage hearse carrying Camacho's coffin in a small parade through the streets of Spanish Harlem where he lived, en route to his family waiting at St. Cecilia Church.
  • The street outside St. Cecilia's Church on East 106th Street in New York City was lined with over a thousand people from the 'El Barrio' neighborhood who waited patiently to pay their respects, along such former champions as Iran Barkley.[[4]]
  • Camacho was buried at St. Raymond's Cemetery in the Throggs Neck section of the Bronx, not far from his salsa music idol Hector Lavoe, former World Welterweight champion Benny Paret of Cuba, and famed Puerto Rican jazz pianist Hilton Ruiz.



Preceded by:
Carmelo Negron
New York Daily News Golden Gloves
Open Bantamweight Champion

1979-1980
Succeeded by:
Tyrone Jackson
Preceded by:
Wayne Lynumn
Intercity Golden Gloves
119 Pound Champion

1979
Succeeded by:
Wayne Lynumn
Preceded by:
Jose Antonetti
Intercity Golden Gloves
125 Pound Champion

1980
Succeeded by:
Charlie Brown



Preceded by:
Bobby Chacon
Stripped
WBC Super Featherweight Champion
1983 Aug 7 – 1984
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Julio Cesar Chavez
Preceded by:
Jose Luis Ramirez
WBC Lightweight Champion
1985 Aug 10 – 1987
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Jose Luis Ramirez
Preceded by:
Inaugural Champion
WBO Light Welterweight Champion
1989 Mar 6 – 1991 Feb 23
Succeeded by:
Greg Haugen
Preceded by:
Greg Haugen
WBO Light Welterweight Champion
1991 May 18 – 1992
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Carlos Gonzalez