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Camacho declared brain dead

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Boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho has been declared clinically brain dead by doctors after the Puerto Rican fighter was shot in the face.

Dr. Ernesto Torres told reporters at a Thursday news conference that tests are still being performed on Camacho before doctors will meet with his family. On Wednesday, Torres said Camacho was showing irregular and intermittent brain activity.

Camacho, 50, was shot in the face as he and a friend sat in a parked car outside a bar Tuesday night. Nine small bags of cocaine were discovered in the friend's pocket, with a 10th opened inside the car, police spokesman Alex Diaz has had told reporters.

Camacho had battled drugs and alcohol while compiling a 79-6-3 career record. He held super-lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight world titles.

The other man in the car with Camacho, Adrian Alberto Mojica Moreno, 49, of Toa Baja, died. Police said one gunman fired into the vehicle in Bayamon and that no arrests had been made so far.

Camacho is the first fighter to win in seven different divisions. His first title came when he scored a fifth-round TKO over Rafael Limon for the vacant Junior Lightweight World Championship.

In 1992, Camacho faced legendary Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez, who had a record of 81-0. The flamboyant Camacho entered the ring dressed for the Pay-Per-View fight in an outfit based on the Puerto Rican flag. Chavez won by unanimous decision.

Other notable bouts were two points wins over Roberto Duran, a five-round knockout of Sugar Ray Leonard in 1997, and two unsuccessful attempts at the World Welterweight Championship against Félix Trinidad (1994) and Oscar De La Hoya (1997).
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