Photo: Machito Camacho with his father Macho Camacho
Hector “Machito” Camacho, the son of legendary Puerto Rican boxer Hector “Macho” Camacho, says his father’s murder last November has provided him with “more motivation” to become a world champion.
Camacho will fight Mexico’s Miguel Munguia on Saturday at Coliseo Manuel “Petaca” Iguina in Arecibo, a city in northern Puerto Rico, marking his first appearance in the ring on the island in 15 years.
“This fight is very important because it is my return to Puerto Rico. I have more motivation after my dad’s passing to be a champion,” the 34-year-old Camacho said.
Machito Camacho has never fought for a world title in any of boxing’s main organizations - the World Boxing Council, the International Boxing Federation and the World Boxing Association - but has a record of 54-5-1.
The Puerto Rican boxer said his weight had dropped from 90 kilos (198 pounds) to 73 kilos (154 pounds) since he arrived on the island to begin training for Saturday’s fight against Munguia.
“With all my strength, there is no other choice, there is no ‘no,’ just work, work, work. I am in Puerto Rico and I want to show the boxing world that I am back,” Camacho said.
Hector “Macho” Camacho was killed by a gunshot in the face on Nov. 20.