Hector Camacho is now in a fight that will show the world just how macho he is. The 50-year old former world boxing champion is in critical but stable condition after being shot in the face on Tuesday evening outside of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Multiple reports indicate that Camacho was struck by a bullet when at least one gunman opened fire on the car in which he was a passenger in the city of Bayamon. The driver of the car, Alberto Mojica, whose relationship to Camacho is not immediately known, was killed at the scene.
The bullet entered Camacho's jaw but exited his head and lodged in his right shoulder, fracturing two vertebrae which could possibly leave the former champion paralyzed.
To add to the seriousness of his condition, Camacho suffered cardiac arrest at 4:15 am on Wednesday morning and experienced decreased brain activity overnight while being treated at Rio Piedras Medical Center.
It is hopeful that the physical and mental conditioning of the three-division world champion, an eccentric and elusive fighter whose career was plagued by drug and alcohol problems, can help him as he faces the fight of his life.
"This guy is a cat with nine lives. He's been through so much," Camacho representative Steve Tannenbaum said. "If anybody can pull through it will be him."
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