By David Finger
Coming off his tougher than expected win over former NABF champion Israel “Pito” Cardona, Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr. (49-3-1, 27 KOs) is already set to bring his “Latin Invasion” to hostile territory as he faces former IBF light middleweight world champion Luis “Yori Boy” Campas (92-14-1, 74 KO’s) at the Don Haskins Center on the campas of UTEP in El Paso, Texas on October 30th. In a fight promoted by Zeferino Entertainment, both Campas and Camacho have already expressed a degree of animosity towards each other. The bad blood between Campas and Camacho began as early as May of this year, when Campas fought the elder Hector Camacho. Against Senior, Campas was held to a draw in Florida, but his distain for the Puerto Rican Camacho clan was apparent to all.
“I promise you, no Puerto Rican will ever beat a Mexican,” commented Campas’ manager Joe Diaz (who apparently failed to recall his fighter’s WBO title fight loss to Daniel Santos back in 2002).
Regardless, many boxing fans recognize that Hector Camacho Jr. will be in for the fight of his life in El Paso. Sitting on the Mexican border, and with a strong Mexican-American community, Camacho’s Puerto Rican heritage will be a target for fans. And with a first round knockout over top ranked Alejandro Garcia in June of last year, few question that Campas can still hang with the best of them. The fight will be for the WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) light middleweight title. Tentatively scheduled to round out the card are David Medina and Abel Perry against TBA’s.