By Rick Scharmberg
The Hector “Macho” Camacho Sr. – Luis Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas bout, originally scheduled for this Saturday night at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey will now take place in Orlando, Florida on the originally scheduled date. The New Jersey Boxing Commision declined to grant the 46-year-old Camacho a license to box in the state, so the promoters, TV Vision Network and Tampa-based RFC Real Fighting Championships, decided to bring the bout to Florida. The card, “Nations Collide 2”, will take place at the DoubleTree Hotel at 5780 Major Blvd., just outside Universal Studios Orlando. The bout will be shown live on pay-per-view.
One of the show’s original promoters, Diane Lee Fischer, of Dee Lee Promotions, put together a nice under card, which had to be cancelled, save for one bout. Dee Lee had to back out of the promotion because they do not carry a promotional license in Florida. The full card should be announced shortly.
According to Fischer, both fighters passed extensive medicals, which went beyond those given to younger boxers. “I have forty-five pages of medicals from both boxers. They took stress tests, EKGs, neurological tests, and echocardiograms. Both fighters passed them all,” she said.
Fischer continued, “The Commission let me know on Friday that they didn’t think Camacho was capable after watching him spar. He was up at 5AM and ran. Then they drove him to New York for a radio interview. He came back [to Atlantic City] and sparred with Orlando Lora, who is 25-0 and was scheduled to fight Ben Tackie in the co-feature. You don’t go all out to kill somebody in sparring a week before the fight.”
Camacho (79-5-2, 38 KOs) stopped Perry Ballard, 21-0, in his most recent bout last July, and is 16-1-1 in his last eighteen bouts dating back to 2008.
Fischer, who is a 2007 inductee in the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame as a promoter, went on to say, “With the late notice, we had to do something. That is how the fight ended up in Florida. I feel bad for the kids on the under card. I had to pull them. Angelo Dundee is a little mad too. He is Hector’s trainer, and he thought he looked good. I feel bad that I had to pull the whole card.”
The only original undercard bout will be a female featherweight bout featuring Amanda Serrano, of Brooklyn, New York and Brittany Cruz, of Thornton, Colorado.
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