Bayamon, Puerto Rico (4E Sports) – Former three-division world champion Hector “Macho” Camacho has been listed in critical condition after being shot in the jaw Tuesday night.
According to Bayamon police, Camacho was riding as a passenger in a car when it was fired upon. The driver of the car died while Camacho was hit in the left jaw and the bullet traveled down his neck and lodged in his right shoulder.
The bullet also fractured Camacho’s 5th and 6th cervical vertebrae and the champion needed a transfusion after losing so much blood.
Doctors never mentioned paralysis but they could not determine whether Camacho had been struck by a second bullet.
A report by newspaper Primera Hora said Bayamon Police are investigating the incident and have one suspect in custody.
A Bayamon, Puerto Rico native, Camacho won his first world title when he defeated Rafael “Bazooka” Limon for the vacant lightweight title in Puerto Rico.
After dropping Limon in the first and third rounds, Camacho captured the title via technical knockout victory in the fifth.
Camacho made his name when he fought Julio Cesar Chavez in Las Vegas in 1992. Both men were undefeated champions and came into the ring with a combined record of 81-0.
During that fight, Camacho failed to engage Chavez and his continuous retreating helped the latter score a unanimous decision.
Camacho sent Sugar Ray Leonard into retirement when he knocked him out in the fifth round in 1997.
However, that was the last accolade that Camacho would earn in the ring, and he has had several run-ins with the law.