Ca­ma­cho ush­ered box­ing into new era

The Pak Banker - - Front Page -

LOS AN­GE­LES

Hec­tor "Ma­cho" Ca­ma­cho, the three-di­vi­sion former world cham­pion who lays in a Puerto Rico hospi­tal Wed­nes­day in a bat­tle for his life, was a bridge be­tween box­ing's past and its fu­ture. Dur­ing his ca­reer, which spanned 30 years, he rep­re­sented the sport's mod­ern era with his over-the-top per­son­al­ity. He was col­or­ful, he was brag­gado­cious, he was out­landish and, at the height of his game, he was a must-watch at­trac­tion.

He de­buted more than a decade be­fore the pay-per-view era kicked off, but if ever there were a fighter who was made for pay-per-view, it was Ca­ma­cho. He could sell a fight as well as any­one who ever lived. "He un­der­stood the im­por­tance of mar­ket­ing a fight and sell­ing the fight," said Os­car De La Hoya, who scored a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion over Ca­ma­cho in 1997. "He had his fans and they would be be­hind him so strong, but he also knew how to get un­der the skin of the op­po­nent's fans and they would watch his fights hop­ing to see him get beaten.

"When I fought him, that was the first fight I was in­volved in where the op­po­nent was really sell­ing the fight hard. He was def­i­nitely ad­vanced when it came to the mar­ket­ing side of box­ing and sell­ing him­self." But Ca­ma­cho was also a bridge to box­ing's past, be­cause un­like so many of the sport's cur­rent stars, he ea­gerly sought out and fought the best of his era. Ca­ma­cho didn't worry so much about purse-split per­cent­ages, pay-per-view shares (be­cause he didn't have to) or billing. He was a throw­back to an ear­lier time in that he pos­sessed an any­time, any­where men­tal­ity.

He de­manded at­ten­tion with his flam­boy­ance, but be­cause of the length of his ca­reer, and the high-pro­file na­ture of many of his op­po­nents, he hasn't been ac­corded the kind of re­spect his 79-6-3 record would sug­gest he de­serves.

There will be a bat­tle, but Ca­ma­cho clearly de­serves in­duc­tion into the In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Hall of Fame.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Pakistan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.