By Mark Vaz
Five-time world champion and Future Hall-of-Famer Hector “Macho” Camacho returns to the ring tonight at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida for the first fight of his farewell world tour. The living legend will not only enter the ring tonight as a fighter but also as a promoter. Teamed with Jerry Reyes and Eddie Montalvo, the “Macho Man” will pit his remarkable record of 79-5-3 with 38 knockouts against the tough, hard punching Saul “Baby” Duran (36-16-2, 30 KOs).
Duran, originally from Mexico, now living and training in Albuquerque, NM is looking to close the final chapter on Camacho’s storied career early.
Camacho, however, has other plans.
“This is the first step in closing my career the way I want to end things,” said the charismatic champ from his training camp in Tampa. “I want to fight maybe four to five more times, around the country and overseas. I’m talking to some European promoters, and would like to have a chance to perform for my fans around the world before I move on to the next phase of my life.”
As an active partner of Reyes-Macho Time Productions, Camacho brings a lot to the table, having done a remarkable job of promoting himself nearly his entire career.
“I became a household name not only because of my boxing ability and the level I fought at, but because of who I am,” explained Camacho who was one of the most widely recognized boxers from the 1980’s right through the early 2000’s.
In addition to the legendary Camacho, the show will feature several of the area’s top young prospects, all excited to share the stage with a living legend.
The top supporting bout will feature one of the world’s best female boxers, Jenna Shiver (10-4-1) facing the rough Liliana Martinez, (8-9, 5 KOs) of NY via Santa Domingo in a six-round junior featherweight bout. Shiver, who is also a well-known stunt-person, brings an exciting style and charisma into the ring, a perfect opener for the Macho Man!
Another rising star in female boxing is four-time New York Golden Gloves Champ Patricia Alcivar (1-0) facing the experienced Ana Gomez (3-1) of Sonora, Mexico in a special attraction four-round bantamweight contest.
In a very intriguing four-rounder, undefeated prospects with identical records are pitied against each other. Both 4-0, Rances Barthelemy of Miami will face James Owens of Milwaukee, WI in a four round jr welterweight battle. Both fighters have outstanding amateur backgrounds, having represented their regions in the National Golden Gloves. An interesting side note, Owens lost a close decision to Barthelemy’s brother Yan Barthelemy, who represented Cuba in the Olympics, in an international competition several years ago.
Kissimmee’s local favorite Danny Pastrana (1-1) will face Carmelo Amodovar of nearby Spring Hill in a four round middleweight bout. Amodovar is making his pro debut in the ring but he is 4-0 as an MMA fighter.
Orlando’s popular Roger Rosa (1-1) will face Sarasota’s Adrian Perez (4-2-1, 1 KO) in a four round jr welterweight encounter. Perez’s teammate Cesar Cisneros (0-1) will try to pick up his first professional win against debuting Jesus Lule of Ft. Meyers in a four round lightweight bout. Lule is trained and managed by the affable veteran trainer Steve Canton.
Also appearing on the show will be former Argentine amateur kick-boxer Paul Marfort making his boxing debut against Nathan Ortiz of nearby Lakeland (who is also making his debut).
Doors open at 6:30p and the first bout is at 7:45p. Tickets are $32.75 for general admission or $82.95 for reserved ringside and available at the box office.