HECTOR Camacho, the flamboyant former world boxing champion dubbed "Macho Camacho" for his antics inside and outside the ring, was on life support yesterday after being shot in the face as he sat in a car outside a bar in Bayamon, just south-west of the Puerto Rican capital.
The 50-year-old, who won the super-featherweight, lightweight and junior-lightweight world titles during his 25-year career in the ring, was rushed to the Centro Medico trauma facility in San Juan following the drive-by shooting.
A second man, identified in reports as Adrian Mojica, who was in the car with Camacho, was killed in the attack.
Camacho was reported to have gone into cardiac arrest before being stabilised by doctors. They warned he was fighting for his life after a bullet struck him in the jaw, pierced his head and ended up in his right shoulder, fracturing two vertebrae.
"The situation with 'Macho' is very delicate," Centro Medico's director Dr Ernesto Torres said in an early-morning briefing. "The prognosis is not good."
"He went into cardiac arrest. The doctors were able to get his heart started again with the medicine and we are maintaining his blood pressure and (keeping his) pulse stable medically right now to see whether during this morning, afternoon or evening we see a positive change," he added. (© Independent News Service)