'Yory Boy' has seen it all

Story by Felipe Leon
Photo by Chris Cozzone

It would be hard to find a style that would surprise a fighter with a career spanning over 20 years and with more than 100 professional bout, but on Friday, October 30th, Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr. (49-3-1, 27KO) plans to do just that when he faces former champion Luis Ramon "Yory Boy" Campas (92-14-1, 74KO) at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, TX, as the main event of "Latin Invasion 2" presented by Zeferino Entertainment and Golden Boy Promotions.

“No, I don’t think any fighter can bring something to the ring that I haven’t seen before,” Campas states thoughtfully. “With the experience that I have, I have seen it all. He is going to do what he is going to do as am I.”

Nobody can deny that Campas’ experience is quite extensive as he has faced a murderer row of opponents such as Felix Trinidad, Fernando Vargas, Oba Carr, Daniel Santos and Oscar De La Hoya on his way capturing the IBF light middleweight title in 1997 by stopping the previously undefeated Raul Marquez in eight rounds.

Ever since coming up short in the biggest profile fight of his career which was his challenge of both the WBO and WBC light middleweight titles held at that time by the “Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya, Campas has become somewhat of a gatekeeper for the 154-160 weight class as he has taken on and many times defeated untested up and coming fighters in that division.

“I didn’t know that many people considered me the gatekeeper of the division, it is new to me,” Campas states as he stifles a laugh. “I think I have more left in boxing but if they want to see me that way, I think that is fine.”

Interestingly what lead to the Camacho Jr.-Campas face off was a fateful night last May when Campas faced Junior’s father, Hector “Macho” Camacho Sr. The rough and tumble junior middleweight eight round bout ended in a controversial draw.

“When I first was offered that fight, it was just another fight for me but once I thought about it, I was happy to face Camacho Sr., he is a legend,” Campas respectively said. “I was proud of the opportunity but the actual fight was pretty disappointing.”

“I knew that Camacho Sr. was going to try to make it the distance so that is why there was a lot of holding,” Campas says describing the bout. “It was more of a wrestling match than a fight. Never the less, Camacho Sr. has a lot of experience and he has accomplished a lot during his career for that he needs to be respected.”

Even though the affable “Yory Boy” has always shown reverence to his opponents and especially to Camacho Sr. who he respects to this day, it was revealed that Camacho Jr. took exception to the statements made by Team Campas immediately after that fight in May and because of that, this fight was made.

“I think its ok that is being promoted as Camacho Jr. seeking revenge for his father, its what you have to do,” Campas adds. “I don’t like to do a lot of talking outside the ring, I do my talking inside of it.”

Adding fuel to the fire, it is no secret that “Macho” Camacho Sr. was one of the most flamboyant fighters to leave the enchanted island of Puerto Rico for the bright lights of the main land and his son continues the tradition of proud Boricua boxers while Campas is the epitome of the Mexican warrior which only helps to keep the celebrated Mexico vs. Puerto Rico rivalry alive.

“I think it will go on as long as there is fighters from each country. It extends to other sports, baseball, soccer,” the native of Navajoa, MX, explains. “I think it makes the games and fights all that more interesting.”

Friday night’s bout will be for Camacho Jr.’s WBC CABOFE light middleweight title but Campas in no shape or form is expecting a championship caliber fight.

I expect him to run and try to box and that is why we are prepared to put pressure on him. He tends to get tired, he has about three to four good rounds in him and then he tires out and begins to hold, to throw elbows and head butts,” Campas states eluding to Camacho Jr.’s trial and tribulations with the scale and his conditioning.

“I know that he is slippery and elusive but not as much as his dad. His dad has a lot more experience and is a lot craftier. He is different than his dad and he is not as young anymore, he is what? 31 or 32 years old so he is not the kid that he once was at jr. welterweight,” the 38-year-old Campas adds.

Despite the vast advantage in experience that Campas holds over his opponent, that has not stopped Camacho Jr. in making plenty of disparaging remarks regarding his opponent and the outcome of the bout in the lead up to Friday night up to stating that he will knock out “Yory Boy” Campas.

A notion that Campas not only does not take seriously but also attributes to the Puerto Rican tradition.

“You know how Puerto Rican fighters are, they like to talk a lot outside of the ring,” Campas says. “We’ll see what happens on October 30th.”

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Hector "Machito" Camacho (49-3-1, 27 KOs) defends his WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation light middleweight title against the hard-hitting veteran Luis Ramon "Yuri Boy" Campas (92-14-1, 74 KOs) in the main event of the "LATIN INVASION 2: REVENGE OF THE SON!" pay-per-event LIVE from the UTEP Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. In the co-main event, WBA #1 super bantamweight contender Antonio Escalante (21-2, 13 KOs) battles Carlos Fulgencio (11-3-1, 7 KOs). "LATIN INVASION 2" is presented by Zeferino Entertainment in association with Golden Boy Promotions and is available LIVE on pay-per-view on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV and DISH Network, TVN Entertainment and Viewer's Choice Canada beginning at 6pm PST/9pm EST at the affordable price of $24.95! Tickets are still available at Ticketmaster (including online) or can be purchased at the Don Haskins Center box office (915-747-5234).