Hector Camacho Jr. slates next fight
NEW YORK -- One dollar from each ticket sold to Hector Camacho Jr.'s next fight will be donated to a foundation that will serve to honor the memory of his father, Camacho Jr. said in a telephone interview with ESPNDeportes.com on Wednesday.
Camacho Jr. intends to hold his next bout on April 20 in Puerto Rico, against an opponent to be determined. The fight would be his first in Puerto Rico since he defeated Victor Baez in 1998.
Hector Camacho Sr. was shot on Nov. 20 in his native Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and died three days later after being removed from life support. The 50-year-old former three-division world titlist was attacked while sitting in his car, along with his friend, Adrian Mojica Moreno, 49, who died at the scene.
"I want to eliminate firearms from the streets. I want to take children off the streets," Camacho Jr. said. "If I can save 10 lives, that is something good.
"A bullet took my father's life. Guns down, gloves up. I will help the children of Puerto Rico so that they may have a better future. Young people deserve something better in Puerto Rico."
Camacho Jr. was supposed to face Dmitriy Salita on a Feb. 9 card headlined by junior welterweight titlist Danny Garcia against Zab Judah at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., but Garcia suffered a rib injury and had to postpone.
Despite the cancellation, Camacho has continued to train in the gym and helped maintain his fitness by also being active on the basketball court.
"I was ready, training and focused like never before for my fight against Salita, but I understand that things happen," Camacho Jr. said.
Camacho Jr. (54-5-1, 29 KOs) lost his most recent fight to Luis Grajeda last July, almost three months before his father's untimely death.
"We have three rivals," Camacho Jr. said. "I would like to face the toughest one of them. I still want to fight Salita, and I will be available and waiting for Golden Boy [Promotions] to turn this opportunity into a reality."
Camacho Jr. said that through the foundation, which does not have an official name yet, he will provide academic and sports resources to schools in Puerto Rico. He also has in mind a plan by which he would like to offer money to people who voluntarily surrender their firearms.
Camacho Jr. said that he has already been in contact with the mayor in the Puerto Rico town of Arecibo, Carlos Molina, and also announced that several reggaeton music artists have made a commitment to help meet his objective of having his message reach young people.
"I see the young people up to no good on the streets," Camacho Jr. said. "Standing outside, where only bad things can happen to them. I try to tell them that there are better opportunities in life."
Information from Adry Torres and ESPNDeportes.com was used in this report.