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Beloved boxer Hector 'Macho' Camacho is in a fight for his life

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Hector "Macho" Camacho, known for his flamboyant style during his career, is fighting for his life in a Puerto Rico hospital after being shot Tuesday.

The family of Hector "Macho" Camacho tried to decide Wednesday whether he should be removed from life support after a shooting in his Puerto Rican hometown left the former boxing champion clinging to life and his fans mourning the loss of a dynamic and often troubled athlete.

Doctors at the Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan were conducting additional tests to determine whether he was brain dead, according to said Ismael Leandry, a longtime friend and former manager who has been at the hospital with family members.

"He's battling minute to minute. This is the most important fight of his life," Dr. Ernesto Torres, director of the Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan, told The Associated Press outside the hospital in the Puerto Rican capital.

Doctors initially had said Camacho was in critical, but stable condition and expected to survive after he was shot Tuesday night in the city of Bayamon. But his condition worsened overnight and his heart stopped at one point, Torres said.

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Teen boxer dies after sparring, autopsy inconclusive

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The LA Daily News reports that the autopsy is complete on 16-year-old boxer Raul Alvarez Jr., but that the examination was inconclusive. 

 The teenager died after sparring at Pullmans Gym in Burbank last Thursday. Officials say Alvarez was wearing protective gear and a helmet, and was partnered with someone about his age and build. He complained of pain and became unconscious at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. 

The Los Angeles County coroner's office says more tests have been ordered but could take more than two months to complete.

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