For his son, see Héctor Camacho, Jr..
Héctor (Macho) Camacho
Camacho in November 2009
Personal information
Real name: Héctor Luis Camacho Matías
Nickname(s): Macho Camacho
Nationality: Puerto Rican
Date of birth: (1962-05-24)May 24, 1962
Place of birth: Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Date of death: November 24, 2012(2012-11-24) (aged 50)
Place of death: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Personal Statistics
Rated at: Junior lightweight
Reach: 175 cm (Script error in)
Boxing career information

Héctor Luís Camacho Matías (May 24, 1962 – November 24, 2012),[1] nicknamed Macho Camacho, was a Puerto Rican professional boxer and singer. Known for his quickness in the ring and flamboyant style,[2] he held major championships in the super featherweight (WBC, 1983), lightweight (WBC, 1985), and junior welterweight (WBO, 1989 and 1991) divisions. After earning minor titles in four additional weight classes, Camacho became the first boxer to be recognized as a septuple champion.[3]

A storied amateur, Camacho won three New York Golden Gloves, beginning with the Sub-Novice 112 lb. championship in 1978.[4] During his 30-year career, Camacho had many notable fights, defeating Panama's Roberto Durán twice, and knocking out Sugar Ray Leonard, sending Leonard into permanent retirement. He also fought against Julio César Chávez, Félix Trinidad, and Oscar de la Hoya, among others.

During his later years, Camacho expanded his popular role and appeared on a variety of Spanish-language reality television shows. In 2010 Macho Camacho had a new opportunity in life and was part of Univision's' dancing show Mira Quien Baila. Then he landed having a weekly segment on the popular show El Gordo y La Flaca named Macho News. In 2012 he filmed his reality show Es Macho Time on YouTube channel Nuevon, produced by Ben Silverman company Electus. Also, Camacho launched his signatures Tshirts Itsmachotime and Segudoo partnering with Surropa company, But, he also had trouble with drug abuse and criminal charges. In 2005 he was arrested for burglary, a charge to which he would later plead guilty. In 2008, he won his last major fight, the World Boxing Empire middleweight championship. In 2011, he was shot at three times by would-be carjackers in San Juan, but was uninjured. In the fall of 2012, Camacho was awaiting trial in Florida on charges of physical abuse of one of his sons.

On November 20, 2012, Camacho was shot and seriously wounded while sitting in a car outside a bar in his native Bayamón, Puerto Rico; the driver, a childhood friend, was killed in the shooting. Camacho died four days later; after he was declared clinically brain dead, his mother requested the doctors remove him from life support.[5][6] After lying in state for two days in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Camacho's remains were transported to New York for burial at request of his mother.

Early life and amateur career Edit

Camacho was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, to Héctor Luis Camacho, Sr., and his wife María Matías. He was the youngest of five children, which included a brother Felix and sisters Raquel, Estrella, and Esperanza.[7] When he was three, his parents separated, and his mother took the children with her to New York City.[7] They lived in the James Weldon Johnson housing project in Spanish Harlem.[8] Camacho attended local schools and ran into trouble as a teen, getting into street fights and landing in jail at fifteen. Pat Flannery, a language teacher in high school, helped the youth, teaching him to read and "acting like a father figure".[7] When Camacho learned boxing and karate as a teenager, Flannery guided him to the Golden Gloves competitions.[7] Demonstrating talent as a boxer, Camacho chose that sport as a career.

As an amateur, Camacho won three New York Golden Gloves Championships. Camacho won the 1978 112 lb Sub-Novice Championship, 1979 118 lb Open Championship, and 1980 119 lb Open Championship. In 1979 Camacho defeated Paul DeVorce of the Yonkers Police Athletic League in the finals to win the title, and, in 1980, Camacho defeated Tyrone Jackson in the finals to win the Championship.

Camacho's nickname of "Macho" has been explained in various ways. According to his father, he gave him the nickname because he was his youngest son.[9] According to the New York Times, his mentor Pat Flannery is the one who gave him the nickname during his teens.[7] According to Camacho himself, the nickname came as a result of American co-workers at a factory who couldn't pronounce his last name.[10]

Marriage and familyEdit

Camacho had a total of four sons, his oldest from an early relationship and three from his marriage.[11] His eldest son, Héctor "Machito" Camacho, Jr. (born 1978 in New York, when Camacho was 16) also became a professional boxer and has won a championship.

Camacho married Amy Torres in 1991, and they had three sons: Christian (born December 1, 1989), Justin (born 1992), and Tyler Camacho (born 1998). (The New York Times reports the youngest son's name as "Taylor."[7] In 1998 she obtained a restraining order against Camacho, alleging he had threatened her and one of their sons.[12] They divorced in 2001.[13] As of March 2011, his ex-wife Amy Camacho and at least one son were living in Orange County, Florida.[14] His youngest son, Tyler, also practices boxing. Hector was engaged to the love of his life Shelly Salemassi from Dearborn Michigan, they had plans to marry before he died they were together for 15 years.

Professional career Edit

After a stellar amateur career, Camacho began a quick rise through the professional rankings, first in the featherweight and then in the junior-lightweight division. He was so confident that he claimed he could beat world featherweight champions Salvador Sánchez and Eusebio Pedroza. However, Sánchez died while Camacho was still coming up in the ranks.

In the junior-lightweight division, he defeated the top contenders Irleis Cubanito Perez, Melvin Paul, John Montes, and Refugio Rojas. Both Montes and Rojas lasted one round with Camacho. Rojas later lasted seven in a world title challenge against Julio César Chávez for Chavez's world junior-lightweight championship.

Junior-lightweight division Edit

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When the World Junior Lightweight champion, Bobby Chacón, refused to go to Puerto Rico to defend his title against Camacho, the World Boxing Council (WBC) declared the world championship vacant. Rafael Limón, who had been defeated and lost the championship to Chacon, fought him for the vacant title. It was the first time Camacho was in a ring with a former world champion; he scored knockdowns on Limón in the first and third rounds before the referee stopped the fight in the fifth round.

Camacho also fought his first defense in San Juan, where he met Rafael Solis, a fellow Puerto Rican. Camacho got tested in this fight for the first time, and was shaken in round three by a Solis uppercut. He knocked out Solis with a right to the chin in round five, and retained the title.

Lightweight division Edit

Moving up to lightweight, Camacho won the United States Boxing Association title against Roque Montoya with a twelve-round decision. His victory in the next fight, broadcast on Home Box Office (HBO), made him a two-time world champion. Camacho beat the Mexican defending world champion, José Luis Ramírez in Las Vegas to win the WBC world Lightweight championship. Camacho dropped Ramirez in round three and won the fight by a unanimous twelve-round decision.

The two other reigning world champions in his division at that time, Livingstone Bramble and Jimmy Paul, were reluctant to unify the crown with Camacho. Instead, he beat Freddie Roach before his next fight of importance came along, ten months after beating Ramírez.

He met Edwin Rosario on June 13, 1986 at Madison Square Garden in New York, a bout also broadcast on HBO. The fight was notable for the shifts of dominance between the men. Camacho dominated rounds one to four, but had to hang on in rounds five, six and seven, when he felt Rosario's power. He came back to take rounds eight and nine, but Rosario came back to take the last three rounds. It was a close fight, but Camacho won the title by a split decision of the judges.

Camacho retained his title against Cornelius Boza Edwards, a former world junior lightweight champion, in Miami in a unanimous decision.

Light Welterweight ChampionEdit

He went up in weight and competed at the next level. After a few fights there, he met Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, the former world lightweight champion who had a record of 29-3 with 23 knockouts, for the vacant WBO Light Welterweight title. Camacho was the fresher of the two and won a split twelve-round decision. He joined that exclusive group of world champion boxers who have become world champions in three weight divisions.

Camacho next met Vinny Pazienza, whom he defeated on points. His next challenger was Tony Baltazar, from Phoenix. He defeated Baltazar by points in a fight televised by HBO. His undefeated streak came to an end, and he lost his world championship to Greg Haugen, the former world Lightweight champion. The referee had deducted one point from Camacho for refusing to touch gloves with Haugen at the start of the 12th round. After the fight, an unidentified substance was found in Haugen's urine, and a rematch was ordered. Camacho regained the title, beating Haugen in a close split decision.

In 1992 in Las Vegas, Camacho met Julio César Chávez, a formidable Mexican champion who was undefeated 81-0. Camacho entered the ring in an outfit based on the Puerto Rican flag; the fight was televised by Showtime's Pay Per View. Camacho was later criticized[by whom?] for his retreating tactics during the fight; Chávez kept pushing the fight and harassed him with hard punches to the body. The bout ended with a victory for Chávez by unanimous decision.

Since 1992 Camacho's notable fights included two victories (by points) over Roberto Durán, (one in Atlantic City, the other in Denver). In 1997, he knocked out Sugar Ray Leonard in five rounds. This loss sent the forty-one-year-old Leonard into permanent retirement, putting an end to his third comeback attempt six years after a loss to Terry Norris in 1991.

Camacho fought for the World Welterweight Championship against Félix Trinidad (1994) and Oscar De La Hoya (1997), but he lost both matches by unanimous decisions.

On December 5, 2003, Camacho recovered from a first-round knockdown (the third against him in his career) to defeat Craig Houk by knockout in round three. He won consecutive unanimous ten-round decisions over Clinton McNeil and Raúl Jorge Muñoz. After that, his boxing career went on hiatus, as he faced criminal charges. He pled guilty to burglary and acknowledged drug abuse, but was given probation.

Camacho returned to boxing on July 18, 2008, competing against Perry Ballard for the World Boxing Empire's Middleweight Championship.[15] The fight lasted seven rounds. Camacho won when Ballard's corner threw the towel. Before this fight, Camacho was trained by Angelo Dundee.[16] His last two fights resulted in a draw and a loss, against Luis Ramón Campas and Saúl Duran, respectively. His last fight against Duran was on May 14, 2010.[17]

Popular influenceEdit

During the peak of his career, Camacho became an icon in popular culture due to his big stuff and taking part in numerous media events and TV programs.[18] He first appeared on WAPA-TV's Super Sábados, where he joined a musical sketch, "Macho Time", named after his catchphrase.[18] During the 1990s, Camacho appeared in episodes of El Show del Mediodía, performing staged fights with Melwin Cedeño's character, Chevy, el Ponzoñú.[18]

In 1992, Camacho invited Cedeño to sing a version with him of La Borinqueña before a fight, together with Pedro Guzmán, a fellow comedian/musician. The trio's publicity stunt drew strong criticism at the time.[19] Camacho also appeared in the sitcom, The Wayans Bros., portraying Manuel "Hot Pepper" López. He staged a fight against the main character, Marlon "Suckerpunch" Williams (Marlon Wayans).[18]

Due to his prominence, Camacho became the subject of cultural references in television, music and literature. Harry Mullan devoted a chapter to him, titled "It's Macho Time," in his The Book of Boxing Quotations (1988).[18] In a 2003 episode of King of the Hill, titled "Boxing Luanne", the titular character Hank Hill remarks "Oh, I get it. A little flash… Like Héctor "Macho" Camacho." after placing tassels in the boxing outfit of Luanne Platter.[20] Rapper Lil' Wayne referred to Camacho and the professional wrestler "Macho Man" (Randy Savage) in his 2008 single, "Mr. Carter".

Following retirement, Camacho expanded his role as a television personality. In 2010, he took part in ¡Mira Quien Baila!, a reality show that is the American/Spanish-Speaking version of Dancing with the Stars.[21] He was the first to be eliminated from the competition. Camacho later joined the Univision entertainment news program El Gordo y La Flaca as a Mira Quien Baila critic and entertainment world newscaster.[22] In March 2012, Camacho starred on a dating game show titled It's Macho Time, where women competed to be his "girlfriend."[23]

Later years and troubles Edit

2005 burglary Edit

On January 6, 2005, Camacho was arrested by police in Gulfport, Mississippi on charges of trying to burgle an electronic goods store and carrying the drug ecstasy on him.[24] In 2007, he declared himself guilty of being under the influence at the time of the burglary. He was sentenced to 7 years in prison, but a judge eventually suspended all but one year of the sentence and gave Camacho probation. He served two weeks in jail after violating that probation.[25]

2011 shooting Edit

On February 12, 2011, Camacho was attacked near the Luis Lloréns Torres housing project in San Juan. Camacho said he was taking a friend to a nearby bar when two men approached his vehicle (a 2005 BMW X5) and tried to carjack him. When he tried to drive away, they shot at him three times. He said that since "everybody loves me," he didn't think the men had realized who he was. He did not file a police report.[26]

Child abuse charges Edit

In November 2011, the Florida state attorney's office signed a warrant for Camacho's arrest for child abuse. He was accused of having physically attacked and injured his teenage son at his home with Camacho's ex-wife in March 2011.[14] Camacho turned himself in to Florida authorities in April 2012. After posting a $5,000 bond at the Orange County Jail in Orlando, he was released. A trial was pending for Camacho in Orange County, Florida, at the time of his death.

2012 shooting and death Edit

On November 20, 2012, around 7 p.m. AST, Camacho was shot once in the jaw while in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. Several news agencies reported that Camacho, 50, was seated in the passenger seat of a friend's Ford Mustang when he was shot by unknown individuals from a passing SUV. The driver of the car, Adrian Mojica Moreno,[27] a childhood friend of Camacho, was killed in the attack. Camacho was taken to San Pablo Hospital in Bayamón, where he was reported to be in critical condition.[28] Police said a chase took place and that the van from which the shots were fired was found in the area of Jardines de Cataño. There were conflicting media reports, with an early claim that police arrested a suspect around 9 p.m. AST.[29][30] Police investigating the incident say they found nine bags of cocaine in Mojica's possession and one open in the car.[27]

The bullet pierced Camacho's left mandible, and fractured his fifth and sixth cervical vertebrae, lodging in his right shoulder, and causing a lesion to his carotid artery which restricted blood flow to his brain.[31] At one point, doctors announced that Camacho was expected to survive but might be paralyzed,[32] but after he suffered a cardiac arrest during the night, they said his cerebral activity was very low.[33] The morning after the shooting, Rafael Rodríguez Mercado, director of the Medical Sciences Campus, reported to El Nuevo Día that Camacho was brain dead. "His full recovery would be a miracle, medically there is nothing more that can be done," stated Rodríguez Mercado.[34] This was confirmed the next morning by Ernesto Torres, director of the hospital.[35]

Camacho's mother Maria Matias announced on November 23 plans to have her son taken off life support once his three remaining sons arrived in Puerto Rico to be with him.[36] Héctor Camacho was officially declared dead after a heart attack the following day.[5][6] It was not possible for any of his organs to be donated to recipients because of the time that had passed between his being found clinically brain dead and when his heart stopped.[31]

He is survived by his parents, his sons, two grandsons, his brother Félix[7] and his sisters Raquel, Estrella and Esperanza.[9] His oldest son, Hector Camacho, Jr., said violence had overtaken Puerto Rico. "Death, jail, drugs, killings," he said. "That's what the streets are now."[36] Puerto Rico's governor, Luis Fortuno, said "'Macho' will always be remembered for his spontaneity and charisma in and out of the ring."[36] Puerto Rican governor-elect, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, said Camacho had "united the country"; "We celebrated his triumphs in the streets and we applauded him with noble sportsmanship when he didn't prevail."[36] Asked how he wished his son to be remembered, his father Héctor replied, "As he always was, loco."[9]

Funeral and burialEdit

After Camacho's death, his mother, María Matías, expressed the wish for her son to be buried in New York City, where he had grown up and started his fighting career. Camacho's son, Héctor Camacho, Jr., thought he should be buried in Puerto Rico, but agreed to his grandmother's and aunts' wishes.[37]

Before being taken to the United States, Camacho's body lay in state at the Puerto Rico Department of Sports and Recreation in Santurce. During the two days Camacho's body was on viewing, hundreds of people visited the facilities to pay tribute to the fighter.[38]

Dozens of retired and active boxers from Puerto Rico and abroad were among those who participated in the funeral services. Among them were Félix "Tito" Trinidad, Wilfred Benítez, Wilfredo Gómez, John John Molina, Samuel Serrano, Román "Rocky" Martínez, Juan Manuel López, Nelson Dieppa, Alex "El Nene" Sánchez, Julian Solís, Manny Siaca, and the brothers McWilliams and McJoe Arroyo.[39] Trinidad was outspoken in praise his former rival, saying Camacho "put Puerto Rico's flag up high, with a lot of pride like many other champions have done. He was very loved. You can see how everybody has suffered the loss of this great human being, a great champion."[40] Trinidad regretted the circumstances of the fatal shooting.[40]

Camacho's body was flown to New York City on November 29 and presented at Elcock Funeral Home in Queens. On Friday, his body will be taken to Saint Cecilia's Church on Manhattan for a religious service.[41] Camacho will be buried on December 1 in Saint Raymond's Cemetery in the Bronx. Before the burial, a parade was held in Camacho's honor in East Harlem. Two white horses pulled a hearse carriage up First Avenue surrounded by fans, friends and family of the late boxer. Camacho's casket was draped in a Puerto Rican flag. After a visitation and mass at St. Cecilia's Church on East 106th Street on November 30 and December 1, Camacho was buried on the afternoon of December 1, 2012, in Saint Raymond's Cemetery, Bronx in the Throggs Neck section of the Bronx, not far from one of his childhood idols, famed salsa singer Hector Lavoe.[42]

Legacy and honorsEdit

Several sports journalists, analysts, and experts from Puerto Rico and United States have praised Camacho's skills and influence in the boxing world. The journalist Rafael Bracero and Francisco Valcárcel, president of the World Boxing Organization, agreed that Camacho was among the "Top 5 Puerto Rican boxers" of all time, along with Félix "Tito" Trinidad, Wilfredo Gómez, and Wilfredo Benitez. The boxing historian, Mario Rivera Martinó, praised Camacho, calling him a "complete fighter" in the Lightweight division. José Sulaimán stated that he "revolutionized boxing during his time".[citation needed]

Ed Brophy, director of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, noted Camacho's talents in attracting an audience. He said, "Camacho brought a lot of excitement to boxing. He was bright, colorful, and always gave something to talk about with his walks to the ring, with his unique style of entering, and the costumes he wore." Brophy also praised Camacho's boxing skills, describing him as "an exciting fighter, and one of the greats. He faced the best, going up and down several divisions."[43] Alfredo R. Martínez, senior editor of ESPN Deportes, also noted Camacho's flamboyant approach, saying that "if he wasn't the first, he was one of the firsts that entered the ring with extravagant costumes, feather crests, bright clothes, everything to the rhythm of some pop song".[43]

Hiram Martínez, senior editor of ESPN Deportes, said about Camacho's training:

"he transforms into a hungry, focused, and dedicated boxer, that works hours and hours polishing his speed, his wit, and the style that turned him into one of the greats of all time. That's the only way you can explain why all those great hitters he faced during the best moments of his career never knocked him down."[44]
Jaime Vega-Curry (deputy editor of ESPN Deportes), said Camacho was "a character that combined a contagious charisma, impressive boxing quality, a child's soul, a salesman shrewdness, and a superlative confidence on himself and in the force of his 'Macho Time'"[44]

Brophy noted Camacho would be eligible for the International Boxing Hall of Fame on December 2015. He added that "Camacho is part of boxing history, and that's what the International Boxing Hall of Fame is about."[45]

Career statistics Edit

Major professional championships Edit

Title last held by
Bobby Chacon
WBC Super Featherweight Champion
7 Aug 1983–1984 </br> Vacated
Title next held by
Julio César Chávez
Preceded by
José Luis Ramírez
WBC Lightweight Champion
10 Aug 1985–1987
Title next held by
José Luis Ramírez
Inaugural Champion WBO Light Welterweight Champion
6 Mar 1989 – 23 Feb 1991
Succeeded by
Greg Haugen
Preceded by
Greg Haugen
WBO Light Welterweight Champion
18 May 1991–1992
Title next held by
Carlos González

Professional record Edit

Camacho fought in 88 professional bouts, beginning in 1980 and ending in 2010. His professional record stands at 79 wins (45 by KO), six losses, and three draws.

Result Record Opponent Type Round Time Date Location Notes
Loss 79–6–3 Mexico Saúl Duran UD 10 02010-05-14May 14, 2010 Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida, USA
Draw 79–5–3 Mexico Campas, Yori BoyYori Boy Campas SD 8 02009-05-09May 9, 2009 DoubleTree, Orlando, Florida, USA
Win 79–5–2 United States Perry Ballard TKO 7 (12) 0:27 02008-07-18July 18, 2008 Reliant Arena, Houston, Texas, USA  Won WBF International and WBE Junior Middleweight Championships. 
Win 78–5–2 United States Raul Muñoz UD 10 02005-07-09July 9, 2005 Convention Center, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Win 77–5–2 United States Clint McNeil UD 10 02004-07-03July 3, 2004 Beau Rivage, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA
Win 76–5–2 United States Craig Houk TKO 3 (10) 0:25 02003-12-05December 5, 2003 Seminole Casino, Immokalee, Florida, USA
Loss 75–5–2 22x20px Chris Walsh TD 6 (10) 3:00 02003-04-18April 18, 2003 RBC Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Win 75–4–2 22x20px Otilio Villarreal TKO 9 (10) 02003-01-18January 18, 2003 Osceola County Stadium, Kissimmee, Florida, USA
Win 74–4–2 22x20px Durán, RobertoRoberto Durán UD 12 02001-07-14July 14, 2001 Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado, USA Won NBA Super Middleweight Championship.
Win 73–4–2 United States Lowry, TroyTroy Lowry UD 10 02001-02-03February 3, 2001 Club Level, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Win 72–4–2 United States Tim Bryan TKO 5 (10) 02000-06-16June 16, 2000 Casino Rama, Rama, Ontario, Canada
Win 71–4–2 United States Billy Fox UD 10 02000-06-09June 9, 2000 Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York, USA
Win 70–4–2 United States Bobby Elkins TKO 5 (10) 02000-04-08April 8, 2000 Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Draw 69–4–2 Mexico Vaca, JorgeJorge Vaca TD 3 (12) 01999-11-27November 27, 1999 Carolina, Puerto Rico
Win 69–4–1 United States Manuel Esparza TKO 5 (10) 1:55 01999-10-21October 21, 1999 Hilton Washington, Washington, D.C., USA
Win 68–4–1 United States Patrick Goossen UD 10 01999-06-18June 18, 1999 Field House, Struthers, Ohio, USA
Win 67–4–1 United States Scott Smith UD 10 01999-03-19March 19, 1999 Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York, USA
Win 66–4–1 United States Ken Sigurani SD 10 01998-10-23October 23, 1998 Mountaineer Resort, Chester, West Virginia, USA
Win 65–4–1 United States Tony Menefee UD 12 01998-08-11August 11, 1998 Miccosukee Resort and Gaming, Miami, Florida, USA Won vacant IBC Junior Middleweight Championship.
Win 64–4–1 United States Tommy Small TKO 6 01998-06-12June 12, 1998 Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York, USA
Loss 63–4–1 United States De La Hoya, OscarOscar De La Hoya UD 12 01997-09-13September 13, 1997 Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA Fight was for De La Hoya's WBC Welterweight Championship.
Win 63–3–1 United States Leonard, Sugar RaySugar Ray Leonard TKO 5 (12) 1:08 01997-03-01March 1, 1997 Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA Retained IBC Middleweight Championship.
Win 62–3–1 United States Heath Todd TKO 6 (10) 2:37 01996-10-01October 1, 1996 War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Win 61–3–1 22x20px Arturo Nina UD 10 01996-08-20August 20, 1996 MSG Theater, New York City, New York, USA
Win 60–3–1 United States Craig Houk TKO 2 (10) 2:12 01996-07-11July 11, 1996   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA  
Win 59–3–1 22x20px Durán, RobertoRoberto Durán UD 12 01996-06-22June 22, 1996 Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA Won vacant IBC Middleweight Championship.
Win 58–3–1 United States Wilbur Garst TKO 7 (10) 1:27 01996-04-11April 11, 1996 Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
Draw 57–3–1 22x20px Sal Lopez TD 2 (12) 1:52 01996-01-16January 16, 1996 War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA Retained IBC Welterweight Championship.
Win 57–3 United States Lonnie Horn TKO 6 (10) 2:35 01995-12-09December 9, 1995 The MARK of the Quad Cities, Moline, Illinois, USA
Win 56–3 United States Danny Chavez UD 10 01995-11-07November 7, 1995 Mountaineer Resort, Chester, West Virginia, USA
Win 55–3 United States Richie Hess TKO 4 2:59 01995-10-11October 11, 1995 International Ballroom, Washington, D.C., USA
Win 54–3 United States Tony Rodriguez UD 10 01995-09-28September 28, 1995 Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
Win 53–3 United States Homer Gibbins TKO 9 (12) 2:39 01995-08-06August 6, 1995 Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, USA Retained IBC Welterweight Championship.
Win 52–3 22x20px Juan Arroyo RTD 6 (10) 01995-06-27June 27, 1995 War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Win 51–3 United States Homer Gibbins UD 12 01995-05-20May 20, 1995 Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA Retained IBC Welterweight Championship.
Win 50–3 United States Verdell Smith UD 10 01995-03-29March 29, 1995 Shoemaker Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Win 49–3 22x20px Luis Maysonet KO 7 (10) 01995-02-28February 28, 1995 Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, USA
Win 48–3 United States Foster, ToddTodd Foster TKO 5 (12) 1:45 01995-01-14January 14, 1995 Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA Won IBC Welterweight Championship.
Win 47–3 United States Rusty Derouen TKO 4 (10) 2:31 01994-11-15November 15, 1994 Civic Center, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Win 46–3 United States Pat Lawlor UD 10 01994-09-27September 27, 1994 Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, USA
Win 45–3 United States Craig Snyder UD 10 01994-06-09June 9, 1994 Rosemont, Illinois, USA
Win 44–3 United States Franco DiOrio UD 10 01994-05-03May 3, 1994 Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, USA
Loss 43–3 22x20px Trinidad, FélixFélix Trinidad UD 12 01994-01-29January 29, 1994 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, USA Fight was for Trinidad's IBF Welterweight Championship.
Win 43–2 United States Lee Fortune TKO 1 01993-12-18December 18, 1993 Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Puebla, Mexico
Win 42–2 United States Tom Alexander TKO 7 01993-06-19June 19, 1993 Sports Arena, San Diego, California, USA
Win 41–2 United States Eric Podolak TKO 5 (10) 0:26 01993-05-08May 8, 1993 Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Loss 40–2 Mexico Chávez, Julio CésarJulio César Chávez UD 12 01991-09-12September 12, 1991 Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Fight was for Chávez's WBC Super Lightweight Championship.
Win 40–1 United States Eddie VanKirk TKO 4 (10) 1:03 01991-08-01August 1, 1991 Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win 39–1 United States Haugen, GregGreg Haugen SD 12 01991-05-18May 18, 1991 Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nevada, USA Won WBO Junior Welterweight Championship.
Loss 38–1 United States Haugen, GregGreg Haugen SD 12 01991-02-23February 23, 1991 Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, USA Lost WBO Junior Welterweight Championship.
Win 38–0 United States Baltazar, TonyTony Baltazar UD 12 01990-08-11August 11, 1990 Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, USA Retained WBO Junior Welterweight Championship.
Win 37–0 United States Paz, VinnyVinny Paz UD 12 01990-02-03February 3, 1990 Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA Retained WBO Junior Welterweight Championship.
Win 36–0 United States Raul Torres UD 10 01989-11-04November 4, 1989 Trump Plaza, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Win 35–0 United States Tommy Hanks UD 10 01989-07-17July 17, 1989 Trump Plaza, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Win 34–0 United States Mancini, RayRay Mancini SD 12 01989-03-06March 6, 1989 Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada, USA Won WBO Junior Welterweight Championship. First title holder.
Win 33–0 Canada Rick Souce TKO 4 1:50 01988-10-22October 22, 1988 Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Win 32–0 22x20px Reyes António Cruz UD 10 01988-06-25June 25, 1988 TropWorld, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Win 31–0 United States Davis, Jr., HowardHoward Davis, Jr. UD 10 01987-05-02May 2, 1987 Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Win 30–0 22x20px Edwards, Cornelius BozaCornelius Boza Edwards UD 12   01986-09-26September 26, 1986   Abel Holtz Stadium, Miami Beach, Florida, USA Retained WBC Lightweight Championship.
Win 29–0 22x20px Rosario, EdwinEdwin Rosario SD 12 01986-06-13June 13, 1986 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA Retained WBC Lightweight Championship.
Win 28–0 United States Freddie Roach UD 10 01985-12-18December 18, 1985 ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California, USA
Win 27–0 Mexico Ramírez, José LuisJosé Luis Ramírez UD 12 01985-08-10August 10, 1985 The Riviera, Winchester, Nevada, USA Won WBC Lightweight Championship.
Win 26–0 Mexico Roque Montoya UD 12 01985-04-29April 29, 1985 Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA Won NABF Lightweight Championship.
Win 25–0 United States Louis Burke TKO 7 (10) 3:00 01985-01-19January 19, 1985 Imperial Ballroom, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Win 24–0 22x20px Rafael Williams TKO 7 (10) 2:19 01984-05-20May 20, 1984 Memorial Coliseum, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
Win 23–0 22x20px Solis, RafaelRafael Solis KO 5 (12) 2:02 01983-11-18November 18, 1983 Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico Retained WBC Super Featherweight Championship.
Win 22–0 Mexico Limón, RafaelRafael Limón TKO 5 (12) 2:52 01983-08-07August 7, 1983 Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico Won vacant WBC Super Featherweight Championship.
Win 21–0 22x20px Irleis Pérez UD 10 01983-04-03April 3, 1983 Phoenix Civic Plaza, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Win 20–0 United States John Montes KO 1 (10) 01983-02-12February 12, 1983 Buckner Fieldhouse, Anchorage, Alaska, USA
Win 19–0 United States Greg Coverson UD 10 01982-11-20November 20, 1982 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win 18–0 United States Melvin Paul UD 10 01982-10-30October 30, 1982 Sands Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Win 17–0 22x20px Johnny Sato TKO 4 01982-08-28August 28, 1982 Sands Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Win 16–0 United States Louis Loy TKO 7 01982-07-11July 11, 1982 Felt Forum, New York City, New York, USA
Win 15–0 Mexico Refugio Rojas TKO 1 (12) 01982-05-21May 21, 1982 Felt Forum, New York City, New York, USA Retained NABF Super Featherweight Championship.
Win 14–0 United States Rafael Lopez TKO 3 (12) 01982-03-31March 31, 1982 Felt Forum, New York City, New York, USA
Win 13–0 United States Jorge Nina UD 8 01982-02-15February 15, 1982 Queens, New York, USA
Win 12–0 United States Blaine Dickson UD 12 01981-12-11December 11, 1981 Felt Forum, New York City, New York, USA Won NABF Super Featherweight Championship.
Win 11–0 United States Anthony Murray UD 10 01981-11-05November 5, 1981 Felt Forum, New York City, New York, USA
Win 10–0 United States Robert Mullins KO 6 (10) 1:19 01981-09-16September 16, 1981 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
Win 9–0 22x20px José Figueroa KO 1 (8) 0:43 01981-07-24July 24, 1981 Felt Forum, New York City, New York, USA
Win 8–0 United States Marcial Santiago UD 8 (8) 01981-06-25June 25, 1981 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USA
Win 7–0 United States Kato Ali TKO 7 (8) 2:37 01981-05-16May 16, 1981 Concord Resort Hotel, Kiamesha Lake, New York, USA
Win 6–0 22x20px Tomás Enrique Díaz UD 6 01981-05-02May 2, 1981 New York City, New York, USA
Win 5–0 United States Jerry Strickland KO 2 (6) 2:40 01981-04-24April 24, 1981 Felt Forum, New York City, New York, USA
Win 4–0 United States Robert Johnson KO 1 01981-03-27March 27, 1981 New York City, New York, USA
Win 3–0 United States Herman Ingram UD 6 01981-03-12March 12, 1981 Felt Forum, New York City, New York, USA
Win 2–0 United States Benny Llanos KO 1 01980-12-12December 12, 1980 Felt Forum, New York City, New York, USA
Win 1–0 United States David Brown PTS 4 01980-09-12September 12, 1980 Felt Forum, New York City, New York, USA Camacho's professional debut.

See alsoEdit


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