Hector (Macho) Camacho won the vacant and disputed World Boxing Council super featherweight title today when he stopped Rafael (Bazooka) Limon on a technical knockout in the fifth round.
After Camacho floored Limon twice in the fifth, referee Richard Steele stopped the fight at 2:52 of the round.
WBC President Jose Sulaiman said he had "seen a star being born" after witnessing Camacho's performance. "I have never seen such an extraordinary performance--so sensational, so full of speed in his hands. It was terribly impressive," Sulaiman said. "Camacho could become a brilliant fighter, without limits."
Although the WBC has said the fight was for the title, Bobby Chacon of Oroville, Calif., has challenged that decision and says he still is the champion.
The council stripped Chacon of his title after his May 15 fight with Cornelius Boza-Edwards in Las Vegas. The WBC said he should have fought Camacho instead of Edwards.
Chacon has two petitions in state courts against the WBC.
Camacho improved his record to 22-0. Limon lost his 13th against 47 victories and two draws and said after the fight, "I'll no longer fight in this division. It's too hard to make the weight." He hopes to fight as a lightweight, he said.
Camacho, a left-handed native of Puerto Rico who now lives in New York, came out fast in the first round and hit Limon with a hard left in the corner to set the tone for the fight. In the third round, Camacho dropped his opponent with a right at the bell to bring the first of three knockdowns in the scheduled 12-round fight.
Limon, who at 29 is a two-time holder of the title, tried gamely to come back but never was a threat to Camacho, who is eight years younger.
Camacho hit Limon with a left to the stomach, doubling him up at the start of the fifth round. About a minute later he used crisp right and left hands to punch Limon through the ropes. Shortly after that Steele stopped the fight.
Both fighters easily made the required 130-pound weight limit. Camacho weighed 130 and Limon 129 1/2.
For the fight, Camacho earned $250,000 and Limon $50,000.
Before the fight, it was announced that the WBC has given No. 4 junior lightweight Boza-Edwards five days to decide if he wants to fight No. 2 Rafael Solis.
Solis (32-2-2) won by technical knockout today over fellow Puerto Rican Benjamin Marquez at 2:57 of the fourth round.
"If at the end of five days if Boza-Edwards doesn't answer Sulaiman's telegram, Solis will automatically challenge the title of whoever wins this afternoon," Filiberto Lebron, Solis' manager, said.
"We'll see if he (Camacho) is really macho when he faces Solis," Lebron said.