Rip off the old block
Wayne McCullough sees Hector Camacho Jnr fail to impress and live up to his famous fighting name
Last Updated: 04/11/09 11:12am
In El Paso, Texas, last Friday Hector Camacho Jnr was hoping to get a win over 38-year-old Yory Boy Campus.
In his most recent fight Campus had taken on Camacho Snr, 47 years of age, and battled him to a draw so a win for Camacho Jnr would have been somewhat a settling of scores.
Campus who is long past his best but still carries a hard punch turned pro in 1987 at a young 16 years of age.
Camacho is only 31 and has been a pro since 1996. He was touted to be a big star but failed to reach those levels and lost 3 fights that he probably should have won.
At the weigh-in there was controversy when several fighters from the five bouts weighed in over the limit. Fighters and camps complained about the scale so it was moved from a raised platform to the floor but it still weighed the same. The Texas commission was adamant that the scale was correct.
Camacho, who looked soft and had no muscle definition, weighed in 5½lbs over the limit of 11st (154 lbs) while Campus was 2lbs under the weight. The fight went ahead after the camps came to an agreement where Camacho didn't have to lose any weight but gave up his WBC Caribbean belt.
Camacho boxed well in spots using a good jab and landing straight lefts. But he was up against it with the referee who warned him repeatedly in front of a mainly Mexican crowd. Campus pushed forward but did virtually nothing in this dull fight.
Camacho pulled out a deserving 10-round split decision win even though he had three points deducted for different fouls - a low blow, punching after the belt and holding. He mostly hit and held and Campus just couldn't pull the trigger on the younger guy.
What did this fight prove for Camacho? He wasn't exciting and even though he's still young he lacks real fire in his belly to fight. He has all the skills but sometimes looks disinterested in fighting. If he got himself up for his fights he could maybe do some damage.
I liked Camacho in his early days. He was slick, hit hard enough for his weight class and got the job done well. But then it all changed. He didn't get into shape to fight and did more holding than hitting in the ring. What went wrong for him?
Interestingly enough retired fighter Fernando Vargas (who looked like a heavyweight) was at ringside and said he would be interested in a fight with Camacho in his return to the ring.
But if Camacho wants to make a move at light-middleweight or middleweight he has to take boxing seriously once again - or he could miss his chance at becoming a real world champion like his father.
The next evening, on Halloween, Joseph 'King Kong' Agbeko took on Yonnhy Perez.
Agbeko was coming off his superb win over Vic Darchinyan in July - where he was the underdog - and was hoping to take away his opponents undefeated record.
Perez was eager to become a world champion by winning Agbeko's IBF bantamweight belt and was on a high from his most recent bout where he scored a KO win over South African, Silence Mabuza.
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The fight had the makings of a good contest but it turned out that it was only good on paper. All of Agbeko's hype, saying how he was going to KO Perez, didn't exactly go to plan and Perez stayed undefeated winning a unanimous decision on wide scores.
There were no real knockdowns but Perez was awarded one in the 10th after a clash of heads casued Agbeko to turn away to talk to the ref. A left hook landed and it was called a knockdown but afterwards the ref admitted he didn't know if it was a punch or a headbutt that was the culprit. The knockdown spurred Perez on a bit as he lifted the pace of the fight in the final 2 rounds.
Agbeko said he was performing up to the final rounds but even if he had won those rounds and the knockdown wasn't called he would only have gotten a draw on one card. He would still have been losing on the other two cards.
The fight had some close rounds but Perez was landing more jabs which probably caught the judges eyes. Agbeko should have got a lot of the rounds that he didn't because he was landing the harder, cleaner punches.
Agbeko was making the third defence of his belt so maybe he will get a rematch - which should be automatic in his contract.
These little guys fought in close, toe-to-toe through most of the fight giving the fans everything they had hoped for.