1st black heavyweight champ’s family wants pardon

 Boxing champ's family seeks pardon: Boxing champion Jack Johnson is shown on July 4, 1910, before his successful title defense against "The Great White Hope" James J. Jeffries in Reno, Nev. By Ramit Plushnick-Masti                  of The Associated Press

Jack Johnson was sentenced to a year in jail in 1913 for violating a law prohibiting black men from transporting white women across state line for immoral purposes.

HOUSTON — Relatives and hometown supporters of the nation’s first black heavyweight boxing champion are turning to YouTube to persuade President Barack Obama to pardon him posthumously of a 1913 conviction for accompanying a white woman across state lines.

Jack Johnson, nicknamed the “Galveston Giant” after his Texas hometown, was at the center of racial tensions after winning the title in 1908. When he defended his title by defeating white boxer Jim Jeffries in 1910, dubbed the “Fight of the Century,” the victory sparked deadly race riots across the county.

Three years later, Johnson was convicted by an all-white jury for violating a Jim Crow-era law that made it illegal to transport white women across state lines for immoral purposes. He was sentenced to a year in prison.

Jack Johnson and his wife.

His family and other supporters say he did nothing wrong and that the century-old conviction continues to tarnish Johnson’s image. Lawmakers have asked for a pardon three times in the past decade, most recently in March, though none has been successful. The Justice Department has said its general policy is not to process posthumous pardon requests, and the White House declined to comment on the most recent congressional resolution.

So on Sunday, to mark what would have been Johnson’s 135th birthday, his relatives and supporters gathered in Galveston to honor him and record a video to go straight to Obama.

Related: Lawmakers seek pardon for boxing champ

Leon Phillips, president of the Galveston County Coalition for Justice, which helped spearhead the effort, said Tuesday that the video adds another layer of support.

“Not only is it coming from Congress, but it will be coming from the citizens of the United States if we can just get everyone to click on that like button,” he said. “President Obama’s father could have been convicted of the same thing because he was married to a white woman, and they traveled all over the world and from state to state.”

Johnson’s great-great-niece, Linda Haywood, said Johnson was “railroaded” by authorities.

“I didn’t know the man was my uncle until I was 12 years old— that’s how ashamed my family was of the fact that he went to prison. A pardon would erase the shame and the stigma and allow us to hold our heads up high, because we know what a great man he was,” Haywood said in the video.

“I’m asking President Obama as the first black, African-American president to give my uncle a pardon,” she said. “A lot of times when he would come to his sister’s house or his mother’s house, he had to sneak at night with his white girlfriend or his wife because of the times that they lived in.”

Authorities first targeted Johnson’s relationship with Lucille Cameron, who later became his wife, but she refused to cooperate. They then turned to his former mistress, a prostitute named Belle Schreiber, to testify that Johnson had paid her train fare from Pittsburgh to Chicago, for immoral purposes.

Johnson skipped bail and fled the country after his conviction, but in 1920 he agreed to return and serve his sentence.

So far, the YouTube video hasn’t had very many hits. But Haywood and other relatives are determined to get a pardon to clear Johnson’s name.

“The color of your skin should not determine who you, or how you, love,” Haywood said in the video.

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from mastersboxingdivision.com

Here are the rules as stated by USA Boxing. You can also download the Rule book at the bottom of this page.
Master Boxing Division
All boxers in this classification must be a minimum of 35 years of age. The age difference between contestants shall be no more than ten (10) calendar years. A boxer may compete against opponents who are no more than ten (10) years younger or ten (10) years older. All official rules apply to these classifications, with the exception of those listed below:

(1) Boxers will be limited to boxing three rounds of two-minute duration or less.

(2) 16 oz gloves and headgear will be used for all weight categories and this equipment must have been approved and tested by USA Boxing and must meet or exceed the minimum standards for impact as set by USA Boxing. This equipment must have a printed label as illustrated in Figure 10.0. The glove label must be located on the backside of both gloves, and the headgear label must be located on the back panel.

(3) Boxers must pass an annual medical exam and be declared “fit to box” with the following elements before being registered to box:
(a) No history of diabetes, high blood pressure or chest pain.
(b) No history of chronic headaches.
(c) Blood pressure less than 145/90.
(d) Graded exercise EKG every five (5) years beginning at age 45.
(e) Normal eye examination by an ophthalmologist every five (5) years.

(4) The passbook of the master boxer must contain the signature of the examining physician who performed their annual physical and the results placed on file with the LBC, along with the boxer’s registration application. The signature shall be entered in the appropriate section under annual physical examinations.

(5) Pre-bout examinations shall be the same as those performed on all other Classifications of boxers.

(6) Master boxers may not compete against boxers younger than 35 years of age. Shaking of hands As a sign of good sportsmanship, boxers shall touch gloves before the beginning of the first round. Medical aptitude

(1) Annual physical. It is recommended that boxers undergo an annual physical by a qualified doctor of medicine (MD) or doctor of osteopathy (DO). Purpose of annual physical:

(a) To reduce the risk of serious injury to a boxer before participating in the sport of amateur boxing.
(b) Annual physical screening may identify a medical problem with the boxer that has gone undetected or may surface at a later date.
(c) An annual physical done by a personal physician or MD will monitor more thoroughly specific medical problems; whereas the pre- and postbout physicals screen isolated areas of medical concern.
(d) Personal physicians have a better background on boxer’s medical history.
(e) Reduce liability factor.
(f) Exemplify concern for medical fitness of the athlete.
(g) NOTE: BEGINNING WITH THE 2010 REGISTRATION YEAR, ANNUAL PHYSICALS WILL BE REQUIRED. A copy of the physical report must be submitted along with the boxer’s membership application form.

(2) Medical certification. A boxer shall not be allowed to compete in a sanctioned competition unless said boxer has been certified as fit to do so by a qualified doctor of medicine (MD) or doctor of osteopathy (DO).

(3) Medical certificate. Every boxer competing outside their own country must have in their possession a certificate signed by an authorized doctor of medicine stating that prior to leaving their own country, they were in good physical condition and not suffering from any injury, infection or disability liable to affect their capacity to box in the country being visited. Such certificate may be incorporated in a record or passbook maintained by the boxer in accordance with the practice of their national association and must be produced at the medical examination before their general weigh-in.

(4) Prohibited conditions and/or conditional circumstances.

(a) Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) (AIDS). Any boxer and/or non-athlete member known to have a positive HIV test shall be prohibited from participating in the sport of amateur boxing. Note: All members are encouraged to receive annual HIV tests.

(b) Hepatitis B and C Virus. Any boxer and/or non-athlete member known to have active Hepatitis B or C Virus shall be prohibited from participating in the sport of amateur boxing. Note: All boxers and/or non-athlete members are encouraged to be vaccinated for Hepatitus B, unless there is proof of natural or acquired immunity.

(c) A physician may disqualify from competition any boxer who demonstrated by physical examination of the face, orbital or oral, a
lesion that in the judgment of the physician presents an active herpetic lesion (fever blister or cold sore).

(d) Vision. The wearing of glasses by boxers in the ring is prohibited. A boxer totally unsighted (uncorrected vision worse than 20/400) in one or both eyes, or possessing only one eye is prohibited from boxing. In addition, a boxer with corrected visual acuity of worse than 20/60 in
either eye, regardless of its cause, shall be disqualified. Any boxer with uncorrected vision between 20/20 and 20/400 may be permitted to wear soft contact lenses. If the lens comes out and the boxer cannot continue; the boxer losing the lens will lose by RSC. Any boxer possessing a cataract in either eye which reduces corrected vision to 20/60 or worse, or a boxer possessing the presence or history of retinal detachment or tear, whether or not such condition has been effectively treated, or presence of any other ocular pathology that may result in permanent vision dysfunction, shall be disqualified.

(e) Deaf and/or mute boxers who can pass a physical exam are eligible to compete. NOTE: Notice to officials is encouraged.

(f) Cuts and abrasions. No boxer shall be allowed to take part in any contest if said boxer wears a dressing (bandage, band-aid) on a cut, wound, abrasion, laceration or blood swelling on the scalp or face including the nose and ears. A boxer is allowed to box if an abrasion is covered with collodion. The decision to box should be made by the doctor who examines the boxer on the day of said boxer’s competition. A cut occurring during a bout in an advancing tournament should be evaluated in regard to the elimination of the boxer from the tournament. If the physician at ringside disqualifies the boxer from further advancement, the other boxer, regardless of score, should advance. This should also hold true at the pre-bout physical examination the following morning.

(g) Braces. Boxers who wish to compete with braces are required to have attached to their passbooks a completed Release to Compete With Braces form. This form requires the written approval of their dentist or orthodontist, parent and/or guardian (if under the age of 18) and a – 15 – dentist-molded mouthpiece. This includes upper and/or lower braces. Boxers competing with braces waive the right to dental coverage under the USA Boxing insurance program.

(h) Banned substances. See Constitution and By-laws, Article XXI, Antidoping. Restricted participation

(1) Professional boxers. Professional boxers and other individuals who have competed as professionals in combat sports, including, but not limited to mixed martial arts, Tough-Man events, kick boxing, and cage fighting, are prohibited from competing in amateur boxing.

(2) Foreign athletes. Foreign athletes are barred from participation in advancing local, regional and national tournaments or any box-offs that would lead to international competition.

(3) Incarcerated athletes. Inmates are not authorized to register or participate in USA Boxing.

(5) Professional contests.

(a) Professional/amateur contests. No competition may be held between an amateur and a professional. An amateur boxer shall not compete against a professional boxer or professional athlete of another combat sport. Pro-am cards are permitted provided they are strictly overseen/controlled by the LBC in which they take place and in accordance with guidelines set for pro-am boxing. Note: Pro-am cards are those where professionals appear on the same card as amateurs.

(b) Competition and professionals in other sports. Competition with or against professionals in sports other than boxing during a tryout in which the amateur boxer is not paid more than expenses allowed by USA Boxing, Inc. shall not be construed as a violation of this article.

(c) Promotion for personal profit. No boxing promoter, manager or any other person shall be allowed to promote or conduct any amateur boxing show solely for personal profit. Appropriate personnel may be employed to direct a program of boxing for the benefit of the sport. All individuals or organizations may receive a proportionate share from an investment made by them, provided the entire conduct of the meet or competition is under the strict control of USA Boxing, Inc.

(6) Any member of USA Boxing shall be permanently disqualified from USA Boxing if they are:
(a) Convicted of a felony involving a rape or a sex crime against any person; or
(b) Is required under applicable state or federal law to be a registered sex offender or the equivalent thereof.

‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley unretires

‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley unretires


By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

“Sugar” Shane Mosley is 41 and 0-3-1 in his last four fights — with each loss a one-sided decision — but the former champion is ending his retirement for a world title shot.

Mosley will challenge welterweight titlist Paulie Malignaggi on April 27 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., Malignaggi’s hometown, in a Showtime-televised main event.

Mosley told ESPN.com on Monday that the deal has been agreed to and that “on my end, it’s a go.”

Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer also said the deal is agreed to and that the paperwork is being finalized.

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“Shane came to see me in early December and said he wanted to come back for an opportunity to win a world title again, that he feels ready, that he feels he can beat Malignaggi and see if we could give him the opportunity,” Schaefer told ESPN.com. “I looked in his eyes and told him he cannot make a lot of money and that a lot of people question whether he should fight. But I told him I will do what I can to give him the opportunity and that it would be up to him to prove that he has what it takes to be world champion again.

“I discussed the fight with the networks and Paulie and I felt Shane deserved the opportunity to fight for a world title again. He has accomplished so much and thrilled fight fans in so many fights, so I am happy to give him this opportunity.”

The fight will mark something of a family reunion for Mosley, who will once again be trained by his father, Jack Mosley. He trained his son for most of his career. In 1998, they won the Boxing Writers Association of America awards for trainer and fighter of the year, respectively. But although they remained close personally, they have had multiple professional breakups. Jack Mosley has not been in Shane’s corner since 2008. He will take over for Naazim Richardson, whom Mosley said he still has a good relationship with.

“I’m excited to have my father back with me as my coach,” Mosley said. “To be able to go into a fight and (try to) win a world title again with my father in the corner, that is like a storybook. To go into a fight like this and have family in the corner and win another belt, it’s going to be a great feeling.”

Mosley (46-8-1, 39 KOs) has not fought since May 5, when junior middleweight titlist Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, 21 at the time, easily outpointed him in a thoroughly one-sided fight in which Mosley showed little. After the fight, Mosley half-seriously/half jokingly said, “When the kids start to beat you up, you might have to start promoting.”

A month later, Mosley formally announced his retirement after a 19-year professional career in which he won five world titles in three weight classes — lightweight, welterweight and junior middleweight — had a career-defining welterweight championship victory against Oscar De La Hoya in 2000 and was, for a time in the early 2000s, widely considered the No. 1 fighter in the world. He also was involved in the BALCO steroids scandal, telling a grand jury that he used the designer steroids “the clear” and “the cream” — he says unknowingly — during training for his 2003 rematch victory against De La Hoya for the junior middleweight championship.

But since Mosley’s upset ninth-round knockout of Antonio Margarito (on the night Margarito was caught trying to enter the ring with loaded hand wraps) to win the welterweight title for the second time in January 2009, Mosley is winless. He lost lopsided decisions to Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao and Alvarez and struggled to a draw with Sergio Mora.

During his retirement, Mosley has spent a lot of time training his 22-year-old son, Shane Mosley Jr., who is an amateur. Mosley said he also worked out with others and felt good enough that he wanted to give boxing another go.

 I was thinking about it and running a little bit and I said, ‘You know what? I think I can do this. I’m holding my own in the gym no matter who I work with. I really love this sport. I love to do it. When I am in the gym, I can see myself improving.  

 “Sugar” Shane Mosley

“Me working with my son and other up-and-coming fighters, I felt good. My body feels better,” said Mosley, who attributed his winless stretch to a series of leg and groin injuries that he said are now better.

“My legs were dead,” Mosley said. “I couldn’t move like I wanted to and I was throwing one shot at a time. That started from injuries. I had a groin injury before the Mayweather fight. After that I had the Achilles injury. I was fighting with no legs and I couldn’t attack. That’s why I had so many problems.”

Mosley has been able to move between welterweight and junior middleweight for years, but said going down to welterweight to face Malignaggi was good for him because he is better at 147 pounds than at 154.

Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KOs), 32, a former junior welterweight titleholder, will be making his second welterweight title defense. He won the belt in April on a cut-induced ninth-round knockout of Vyacheslav Senchenko in his native Ukraine. Malignaggi made his first defense in October on the inaugural card at the Barclays Center, escaping with a split decision victory against Mexico’s Pablo Cesar Cano.

At the tail end of last year, Mosley said he began to seriously consider the comeback.

“I was thinking about it and running a little bit and I said, ‘You know what? I think I can do this,'” he said. “I’m holding my own in the gym no matter who I work with. I really love this sport. I love to do it. When I am in the gym, I can see myself improving.”

He said he was hoping to fight Ricky Hatton in his return, but that was before Hatton got knocked out in his own return from retirement in November. After that, Mosley turned his attention to Malignaggi and paid Schaefer a visit.

“I told Richard that this could be a good fight and asked him what do you think about Paulie and me fighting in Brooklyn,” Mosley said. “Fighting Paulie is a great opportunity. (When Golden Boy offered me the fight) it’s something you can’t really refuse. Paulie is a mover, but he’s durable. A lot of people underestimate him and then they lose. But I can’t afford to underestimate him.”

Mosley said his purse for the fight will be $350,000. He said that will be his smallest purse since his second lightweight title defense against Demetrio Ceballos in 1998.

“I’m not fighting for money,” said Mosley, who has earned tens of millions of dollars. “I’m fighting for the belt and the love of the sport. I love the sport. I want to be in there. I want to win the belt. I’m not fighting for the money. I’m fighting for history, legacy and the family coming back together. This is a fight to give me a world title that I want and after winning it, I will fight all comers.”

The fight has been discussed for the past few weeks and Schaefer and Mosley both understand there are harsh critics.


“The first reaction from a lot of people when I mentioned the fight was, ‘Why?’ My reaction was who do you think will win the fight and the reaction was that they thought Shane might win,” Schaefer said. “That’s why it’s an intriguing fight. And Shane is going into the lion’s den in Paulie’s backyard because this is about his desire to become welterweight champion again.”

Said Mosley: “There’s not to much to say to the critics. Say what you say. I’m just thankful and grateful I have the opportunity to get in the ring and fight for a world title again.”

Long Distance vs. Sprinting For Fight Training

Long Distance vs. Sprinting For Fight Training

by Erik Paulson

 (originally printed in TapouT – Issue 11 2006)

Boxing in Queens

Coach Butch Rinaldi & Erik Paulson

 If you’re fighting and not running… YOU ARE NOT FIGHTING! I have experimented both ways for fighting and found that my overall fitness, footwork and well-being were much better after putting in miles. Bruce Lee said running was the king of exercises and I believe that to be true. Running is moving meditation, think time, and self-visualization for a fight. Running gives you the polishing touch, the icing on the cake. When you’ve done all your pad work, heavy bags, sparring and jump rope, running gives you freedom and clears your head. It’s controversial whether or not you should do more long distance running or sprints, but I say both. Loong distance running gives you that sustained energy you won’t get from sprints. Sprinting gives you explosive ability that allows you to blast out of a situation. Near my house there is a steep dirt hill that’s about a half mile long. We take fighters there three to five times a week. Hill running adds a little spice to the same old path or straight, long distance run. Running out in the woods or eilderness is also recommended, as the nature runs wild, the energy is serene and the air is pure. My all-time favorite run is on the beach either early in the morning as the sun rises or in the evening as the sun sets. The semi-wet sand has a certain energy and spiritual feel to it. I usually prefer to do sprints at the football stadium and I’ll run the bleachers or the field – sprint 50 percent and jog 50 percent. I read recently in several studies that putting your sprints on the end of your long distance run can produce the same results as isolating each. My fighters sprint 40 yards then hit the Thai pads, first doing the jab cross or crisscross, then the skip knee and double kick. Also at the end, try to do a focus mitt speed reaction drill and hand speed exercises to help you hit fast and think fast when you are totally fatigued. When the mind gives up and the body is ready to quit, the spirit takes over. Train your spirit to no matter what, never, never give up! Sweat is the lubricant of success and nothing on this earth replaces hard work. The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war. Train Hard, Train Smart.

Martial Arts and Boxing can help children with special needs in Queens NY.

Martial Arts and Boxing can help children with special needs in Queens NY.


Martial arts in Queens

Working the heavy bag at Butch’s Boxing and MMA gym in Queens NY

Martial arts offer many benefits for kids with special needs. Martial arts classes can give these children confidence, focus and physical strength.

The exercises and stretching done in boxing and martial arts classes will help children that have low or high tone. Low/high tone means that the child’s muscles have not developed the same as other kids. Children with low or high tone may have problems with flexibility, balance, walking, and range of motion. The long fluid movements of boxing and martial arts are perfect for helping children with these conditions.

Boxing and martial arts classes for Children that have ADHD or that are on the spectrum for autism can improve their focus, patience, and their social skills which can translate to better performance in school.


The key to a boxing and martial arts program for kids with special needs working is consistency. These programs are excellent for kids that have Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, Autism, speech and other developmental conditions.

Contact your local boxing and martial arts gyms for kids with special needs programs.

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Basic Boxing Combinations/Boxing in Queens

Basic Boxing Combinations/Boxing in Queens

Boxing in Queens


1-2 (Jab-Cross)

The first combination you will ever learn. You’ve probably been throwing it before you even started boxing. With the jab catching your opponent with its quickness and the cross thrown with all its power, it’s no wonder many fights are won simply by executing a perfect 1-2.

1-1-2 (Jab-Jab-Cross)

A good way to throw off your opponent. This is because your opponent is likely excepting a 1-2. This is also a good combination to throw if you suspect your opponent is waiting to capitalize and counter off your cross. Rather than throwing the usual 1-2, throw a few extra jabs in there to keep your opponent of balance.

1-2-3 (Jab-Cross-Lead hook)

This is where the fan begins! When you shift your body weight to throw the cross, you will e perfectly set up to return a lead hook. Often deemed a “power punch”, this punch could early hurt your opponent you aim at the jaw/chin area, or the body.

1-2-3-2 (Jab-Cross-Lead Hook-Cross)

A classic left-right-left-right combo. Use this to open your opponents guard. This is a good combo because it ends with 3 powerful punches (2-3-2).

1-2-5-2 (Jab-Cross-Lead uppercut-Cross)

Another left-right-left-right, just substituting the lead hook with a lead uppercut. Use this if the other guy likes to keep his or her chin up or if they tend to “charge in”. The lead uppercut will pop their head up, while the cross will add a nice finish.

1-6-3-2 (Jab-Rear Uppercut-Lead hook-Cross)

Since the 1-2 can get a little predictable, you will need to switch things up. The 6 will pop their chin up while the 3-2 tries to take their head off. Just don’t telegraph the uppercut or you’ll get countered with a lead hook by your opponent.

2-3-2 (Cross-Lead hook-Cross)

If you want a purely powerful combination, this is for you. Throw each punch with “bad intentions” and it will severely hurt your opponent.


About Coach Butch

Boxing in Queens

Coach Butch & Hall of Fame Boxing Trainer Freddie Roach

Coach Butch Rinaldi is a former Marine and a father of three (triplets) who has been training in Boxing & Martial arts for most of his life.

He has trained with 7 UFC fighters, 6 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belts, 8 World Champions & an Olympic Silver Medalist.

Coach Butch is certified to teach MMA/CSW by Erik Paulson (former Light Heavy Weight Shooto Champion & one of Brock Lesnar’s coaches on Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter).

He is a certified USA Boxing Coach, Level 2. He is also certified to teach Filipino Martial Arts (stick fighting) and has trained in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP).

Coach Butch is the owner and head coach of Butch’s Boxing & MMA Gym in Queens NY.

He can be reached at ButchsBoxing&MMA.com or 718-461-6400

Basic Heavy Bag Training Tips/Boxing in Queens

Basic Heavy Bag Training Tips/Boxing in Queens


ring to cage/boxing in queens

Ring to Cage Heavy Bag/Boxing in Queens

Keep Your Hands Up

What I see form most people new to our boxing classes is that their hands are up at the beginning and end of a combination. It’s in the middle of combinations that they don’t bring their hands back to their face.


Keep your stance

Keep your stance; you will keep your balance power, and mobility.


Punch, Don’t Push

A good way to get the heavy bag to sing all over the place is to hit it as it moves away from you. Many new people hitting a bag believe this to be strength “WRONG”. A good way to work a heavy bag is always try to hit it in the opposite direction it wants to swing.


Keep your feet on the ground

Keep your feet on the ground, especially for power punches. Drive your weight from the ground thru your punches.  Many boxing beginners try to move & punch at the same time. First learn to throw your punches from the ground up, and then add movement.


Treat the heavy bag like an opponent

Work defensive moves slip, duck, catch, bob and weave.


About Coach Butch

Coach Butch & Hall of Fame Boxing Trainer Freddie Roach

 Coach Butch Rinaldi is a former Marine and a father of three (triplets) who has been training in Boxing & Martial arts for most of his life.

He has trained with 7 UFC fighters, 6 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belts, 8 World Champions & an Olympic Silver Medalist.

Coach Butch is certified to teach MMA/CSW by Erik Paulson (former Light Heavy Weight Shooto Champion & one of Brock Lesnar’s coaches on Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter).

He is a certified USA Boxing Coach, Level 2. He is also certified to teach Filipino Martial Arts (stick fighting) and has trained in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP).

Coach Butch is the owner and head coach of Butch’s Boxing & MMA Gym in Queens NY.

He can be reached at ButchsBoxing&MMA.com or 718-461-6400

Hector “Macho” Camacho (May 24, 1962 – November 24, 2012)

Hector “Macho” Camacho (May 24, 1962 – November 24, 2012)

Boxing in Queens

Hector “Macho” Camacho (May 24, 1962 – November 24, 2012)

Hector Camacho was pronounced  dead on Saturday after he was removed from life support. Maria Matias Hector Camacho’s mother said “I lost my son three days ago. He’s alive only because of a machine. “My son is not alive. My son is only alive for the people who love him.” He never regained consciousness after being shot in a parked car in San Juan Puerto Rico.


No arrests have been made, and the police have not revealed any details other than the fact that they  found cocaine in the car and that Camacho and Adrian Mojica Moreno, who was pronounced dead at the scene, had no idea the attack was coming. “Apparently, this was a surprise,” said Alex Diaz, a police spokesman.


Hector Camacho is survived by his mother; three sisters, Raquel, Estrella and Ester; a brother, Felix; and four sons, Hector Jr., Taylor, Christian and Justin.

Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho Brain-Dead, Reports Say


Boxing in Queens

Hector Camacho

Héctor Camacho’s current fight puts into context the true meaning of wins and losses. Hours after being shot, the former world champion boxer was declared brain-dead, Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Dia is reporting.

The fighter, who went by the nickname “Macho,” was shot in the head and neck on Tuesday night in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, after gunmen fired on the car in which the fighter was a passenger. The driver of the vehicle died.

According to reports, Camacho, 50, was taken off life support. The bullets missed his brain, fractured two vertebrae.

“His recovery would be a miracle,” a doctor told the paper. “Medically, there is nothing we can do.”

After suffering cardiac arrest Wednesday, the reality of Camacho’s situation seems grim. Hospital director Dr. Ernesto Torres has said his prognosis is “very poor.”

Members of the Camacho family were expected to arrive on the island Wednesday morning.

Social media added to the confusion and misinformation surrounding this developing story. An entry about Camacho on crowdsourced encyclopedia Wikipedia was briefly updated with incorrect information on Tuesday and stated that Camacho had died.

There are conflicting reports on the developing story. Reportedly, the police have a suspect or person of interest in custody.

The latest developments mark another sad – and potentially final — chapter in the life of the talented fighter. Camacho went 79-6-3 with 38 knockouts in a career that spanned 30 years. He held featherweight, lightweight and light welterweight titles in both the WBO and WBC. His greatest success came during the 1980s and early ‘90s, although he mounted several comebacks as recently as 2010.

He faced some of the sports greatest fighters including Julio Cesar Chavez, Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya.

In recent years, Camacho’s struggles with drugs and alcohol, as well as domestic violence charges, landed the fighter in the news.

The shooting also reflects a serious issue that is largely under reported by U.S. media. Homicide is a major problem in Puerto Rico. The island territory’s murder rate is five times higher than the U.S. average. Per capita, Puerto Rico has 26 murders for every 100,000 people — exceeding Mexico’s much-covered homicide crisis.

Drug-related violence is estimated to account for 50 to 80 percent of the murders in Puerto Rico. In 2011, 1,136 people were murdered on the island with a population of 3.7 million. The violence has continued well into 2012. In just a single weekend in July, 19 people were murdered.


The motive in the Camacho shooting is not yet known. However, the car’s driver, Alberto Yamil Mojica Moreno, is one more casualty of the Puerto Rico’s homicide epidemic. The outcome for Camacho is still too early to tell.


Sports are often defined by statistics and record books, but no one wants to see Camacho become a statistic because of this tragedy.