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Camacho critical

SAN JUAN – Doctors treating Hector “Macho” Camacho for a gunshot wound to the face and neck said the great Puerto Rican three-time world boxing champion also suffered a heart attack early today and his prognosis was “very poor.”

“This is the toughest fight in the life of Macho Camacho,” Ernesto Torres, director of the Rio Piedras Medical Center, said in a news conference this morning.

Camacho, 50, was a passenger in a car driven by his lifelong friend, Alberto Yamil Mojica in his homeland. They were sitting in a parked car outside a bar when someone opened fire on them, killing the driver. Camacho was shot in the jaw by a bullet that fractured two vertebrae and lodged in his shoulder, doctors said.

“There has not been any improvement,” Torres said. “His heart has stopped working. We can give him medicine and his heart will pump again. There is brain activity, but very low. The neurological equipment is not being used. Right now, we can’t do anything,” Torres added.

The shooting occurred near a popular shopping mall on Highway 167 in Bayamon, a suburban town west of the capital of San Juan.

Police have yet to make arrests or determine a motive in the attack.

Camacho had a stellar professional career with 79 wins and only 6 defeats, including bouts with great welterweight champions Oscar De La Hoya and Felix Trinidad, as well as the outstanding Roberto Duran, Julio Cesar Chavez and Sugar Ray Leonard.


PARIS – The French racing authorities have suspended renown jockey Frankie Dettori “on medical grounds” pending a disciplinary hearing into his failed drugs test.

The positive test for an unspecified illegal substance was considered by a Medical Commission yesterday.

A hearing is expected in two weeks with Dettori, 41, facing the possibility of a worldwide ban.

The suspension makes little difference to Dettori as he was not expected to ride in France at this time of year.

Dettori was not present as France Galop’s medical committee considered his case but he answered questions via a conference call.

Dettori tested positive at Longchamp racecourse on September 16 for what has been unofficially reported as cocaine.

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