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Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho Sentenced For Burglary

Former boxing great Hector “Macho” Camacho has been given a suspended sentence after a burglary conviction.

Hector Macho Camacho 1997 Photo Camacho celebrates after a bout against Sugar Ray Leonard in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on March 1, 1997. Camacho won the fight with a TKO in the fifth round. Hector “Macho” Camacho was sentenced to the maximum seven years in prison Monday for burglary, but the eight-time world champion could avoid spending time in a cell.

Harrison County Circuit Judge Steve Simpson suspended six years of the sentence and said Camacho could serve one year under house arrest if authorities in Puerto Rico agree to monitor him. That would be followed by two years’ probation. The deal would allow the 44-year-old Camacho to continue working. But if he violates any of the conditions set at sentencing, he would have to serve the entire seven years.

“I am deeply sorry,” Camacho said to the judge and offered apologies to boxing fans and the people of Mississippi, according to story posted on The Sun Herald’s Web site.

Camacho was a premier fighter during the last days when boxing was a sport with mass appeal. It’s a shame he has fallen so low.

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