San Juan, Puerto Rico – The condition of former boxing champ Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho worsened Wednesday night as doctors have confirmed to AP that the famed boxer is reportedly clinically “brain dead.”
The boxer’s family has learned of his updated condition, and reports say they are now weighing whether to remove him from life support.
The primary physician attending Camacho’s wounds will be holding a news conference today.
Torres had said on Wednesday that Camacho’s condition had severely taken a turn for the worst, adding that his brain activity was very low.
The 50-year-old Camacho was shot in the face and neck by two unknown assailants outside a bar in Puerto Rico two nights ago.
After Tuesday’s shooting, doctors initially expected the boxer to survive his wounds, but physicians were overwhelmed with significant setbacks as his condition reportedly took a turn for the worse when he went into cardiac arrest.
Camacho’s mother flew in from New York yesterday to see her son and discuss his treatment.
The shooting occurred in the city of Bayamon. The boxer was shot as he and a friend sat in a Ford Mustang parked outside a bar Tuesday night. Police spokesman Alex Diaz has said officers found nine small bags of cocaine in the friend’s pocket, and a 10th bag open inside the car.
Camacho was rushed to the trauma center in San Juan where it was revealed the bullet entered on the right side of his jaw, exited his head, and became lodged in his shoulder. The bullet managed to fracture two vertebrae, but doctors believed he would survive, adding that he may be paralyzed.
According to the Associated Press, a friend with him at the time of the shooting was killed, though his name has not been released.
Looking back at the boxer’s personal problems, it’s clear that Camacho had a history of drug and alcohol issues which often interfered with his boxing career.
His last title bout was in 1997 against Oscar de la Hoya, and his last fight at all was in 2009. He had been fighting to get back in the ring.
A representative for the boxer says they had been working to get him a fight in 2013.
In recent years, Camacho had been drawing attention as his wife twice filed domestic abuse complaints against him. Camacho was also scheduled to face a trial in Orange County for allegedly abusing his teenage son.
His career boxing record stands at 79-5-3.
Camacho was born in Bayamon, one of the cities that make up the San Juan metropolitan area. He won the super lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight world titles in the 1980’s.
Camacho has fought a number of high-profile bouts in his career, including bouts against Felix Trinidad, Julio Cesar Chavez and Sugar Ray Leonard.
Camacho knocked out Leonard in 1997, ending Leonard’s final comeback attempt in the sport.
In recent years, he has divided his time between Puerto Rico and Florida, appearing regularly on Spanish-language television as well as on a reality show called “Es Macho Time!” on YouTube. In San Juan, he had been living in the beach community of Isla Verde, where he would obligingly pose for photos with tourists who recognized him on the street, said former pro boxer Victor “Luvi” Callejas, a neighbor and friend.