The flashy technician and former three division titleholder, Hector 'Macho' Camacho, will now be immortalized in Canastota, NY after being elected into this year's HOF class in his first year on the ballot. He will join former bantamweight and junior featherweight champion Lupe Pintor and former flyweight and junior flyweight champion Hilario Zapata, who make up the three modern fighters that have just been inducted. Their official enshrinement will take place next summer, June 12th, during the annual induction ceremony for the IBHOF.
Camacho (79-6-3, 38 KOs) was a bit of a wild boy, both inside and outside of the ring. Ultimately, his rumored lifestyle seemingly caught up with him in 2012 when he was found shot dead in his parked car in San Juan, Puerto Rico. But as a fighter, he'll mostly be remembered for his brilliant hand speed and being a savvy technician, not to mention his cast iron jaw that kept him from ever being stopped in a fight. Camacho was a bona fide star during the 80s and 90s, regularly fighting on television.
As for some of his career highlights, Camacho won his first world title in 1983 by beating Rafael "Bazooka" Limon at age 21, defended his title by defeating Edwin Rosario in 1986, and beat Ray "Boom Boom" Mancinifor a vacant 140lb belt in 1989. He also beat Vinny Pazienza, Roberto Duran (twice), and retired Sugar Ray Leonard (the latter two admittedly taking place very late in their careers). Camacho was definitely a talent, a showman, and one of my personal favorites growing up.