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Camacho Jr. Follows Dad’s Footsteps

October 22, 1997

CHESTER, W.Va. (AP) _ Hector Camacho Jr., the 19-year-old son of the flamboyant former boxing champion, stopped John Scalzi at 1:45 of the second round of a junior welterweight fight Tuesday night.

Camacho was the aggressor, sending Scalzi (4-4) to his knee in the first, and twice in the second, before catching him with a left hook that prompted referee Rex Agin to stop the fight.

``I wasn’t satisfied with the way it went,″ Camacho said. ``I wanted to put on a show for West Virginia.″

With his father ringside, Camacho (11-0) showed some of the elder Macho Man’s bravado, stepping into the ring wearing a jockey outfit at the Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort with the word ``Hitman″ on the back of his shorts.

Despite similar showmanship, Camacho said he wants to make a name for himself. ``I want to make my own name. I want to step out of his shadow,″ Camacho said.

The original Macho, who has never been knocked out, said his son appeared a little anxious, but that he showed superior speed in the brief bout.

``He’s improving. He’s strong. He has a good jab, good speed, and a good combination,″ the father said. ``He’s a full package for now. I want him to be happy, to have some fun.

``He seems to be having fun. He’s relaxed. We aren’t going to press the issue. He’s fighting four to six rounds. We’ll just let him be for now.″

The elder Camacho (64-4-1) is coming off a loss to Oscar De La Hoya in a WBC welterweight title bout.

``I know I’m not getting any younger. If I give this a shot, I want to be 100 percent,″ the elder Cahacho said.

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