Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Boxer 'Macho Camacho' Critical in Puerto Rico

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Boxer 'Macho Camacho' Critical in Puerto Rico

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Hector "Macho" Camacho was clinging to life today after being shot in the face while in a car, with doctors and his family expected to decide whether to remove the former boxing champion from life support.

Doctors had said Camacho was in critical, but stable condition and expected to survive after he was shot Tuesday night in his hometown of Bayamon. But his condition worsened overnight and his heart stopped at one point, said Dr. Ernesto Torres, director of the Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan.

"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.

Torres said doctors were trying to determine the boxer's level of brain activity.

The specialists will then consult with other doctors and Camacho's mother, who flew in from New York, to discuss whether he should be removed from life support, said Ismael Leandry, a longtime friend and former manager who was also at the hospital.

"We just have to wait to see if 'Macho' gets better. It's a hard battle," Leandry said.

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