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All Spruced Up For A Big Vegas Bash
Dan Levin
August 19, 1985
Hector (Macho) Camacho's attire was as flashy as his fists when he beat Jos� Ram�rez for the WBC lightweight championship
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August 19, 1985

All Spruced Up For A Big Vegas Bash

Hector (Macho) Camacho's attire was as flashy as his fists when he beat Jos� Ram�rez for the WBC lightweight championship

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But Camacho hasn't forgotten what made his life-style possible. "The way to deal with a guy like Ram�rez is to give him a lot of lateral movement," he said. "I won't let him get set. I'll hit him with a lot of combinations, hold him on the ropes and spin away."

That's just what Camacho did, and Ram�rez looked like a dog chasing his tail. It was a near shutout. Except for the 11th, which all three judges gave to him as a gift, Ram�rez didn't win a round on any card. In his 27th pro fight without a loss Macho had won his second world title.

Ernesto Fuentes, a Ram�rez adviser, said, "He was supposed to cut off the ring on Camacho, but he couldn't. We told him, 'Stop in the middle, let him come to you.' " But Ram�rez paid no attention and continued to plod after his rival, hoping to land a quick knockout punch but paying a stiff price for his single-mindedness every step of the way.

After the decision was announced, the new champ gazed out at his cheering fans, and with typical exuberance shouted, "What time is it?"

"It's Macho time," came the chorused reply. It certainly was, and based on his performance on this night, it could be for quite a while.

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