Winning three Southern Area cruiserweight straps and a Prizefighter championship is one heck of an achievement for any boxer when you consider that most who turn professional never get a sniff at a title, but the ‘Machoman’ and reigning Area champ isn’t ready to see his title ambitions end there. The 32 year old southpaw out of Canning Town faces a stiff defence against the formidable Jose ‘The Look’ Lopes on the mammoth ‘Violent Engagement’ bill on November 25th, and with two losses in his last four bouts it’s a crucial bout for the likeable Camacho (18 – 7), and one he is determined to win in emphatic style: “I’m very experienced, and I know what I can do. I’m going to win inside the distance.”
The last eighteen months haven’t been an easy time for the Spanish born father of one, with wins against Danny Couzens and Karl Wheeler sandwiched between defeats to Isaac Chamberlain and Arfan Iqbal. A below par points win over Ossie Jervier in September led to some questioning his future in the ring, but perhaps not all was how it seemed: “A lot of people watching that fight against Jervier said I didn’t look good, but I was having problems behind the scenes that affected me a lot but I needed the fight. I didn’t bring my A-game but I did ten rounds and got the win although I never really got out of first gear. Some people may think I’m finished but I want to prove those people wrong. People only see what they see in front of them, and if they’re thinking I’m done because of my performance against Ossie they don’t know what was happening in my life at the time. Based on that performance I’d probably agree, but as I said I wasn’t really up for it and my head was all over the place going in to that fight. I’d say to those people come down on the 25th November and see if I’m in form or not.”
Camacho is familiar with the 27 year old Lopes having shared gym time with him and is confident that in spite of the time that has passed and the further experience Lopes has accrued, he will be the boss on the night they meet for real: “I shared a ring with him in sparring when he was with Don Charles and we’ve had little chats here and there, but I’m a person who keeps myself to myself. I know what I need to do. Jose will be bringing his A-game and looking to make a statement but if he expects to be boxing the Wadi Camacho who fought Ossie, he’s in for a surprise. As long as Wadi Camacho and not the ‘Machoman’ turns up I’ll be comfortable!” he says with a laugh.
The boxer who dabbles in close protection security away from the ring believes he’s in the best place of his career following changes in his team. Currently managed by Steve Goodwin and trained by Terry Coulter, Camacho is satisfied with how the land now lies: “My career has been like a roller-coaster with lots of ups and downs. I never before had the right team around, training me or in my corner but now I have. In my training camp for this fight I’ve been looking at the mistakes I’ve made in the past and correcting them, and I feel like I’m improving. Normally I’m complaining that I haven’t had this or that, but finally things are under control.”
He’ll need to be on top of his game against Lopes (8-1) who is as game a challenger as you can find despite a loss to common opponent Jervier in March, and the clash between the two men has the ingredients of a small-hall classic as Camacho seeks to extend his career and Lopes fights for his first professional championship with all the motivation that singular incentive brings. It’s fitting the fight takes place somewhere close to his heart: “It’s great to be top of the bill at the York Hall, it’s a venue that I love. I‘ve boxed at venues like the 02 and Wembley, but the York is special to me. That’s where I won Prizefighter which was a great achievement, and it’s a special place. On the night though I have a job to do so I don’t let all the hype get on top of me, and I make sure I concentrate. After the fight I relax and enjoy it! I haven’t got a clue if I’m the favourite or not, that’s more for the fans and the public, I just know what I’m going to do.”
Waiting in the wings for the winner is Titchfield’s Danny Couzens whom Camacho beat in July 2016, but having knuckled down and produced three wins since including a terrific performance against Jervier, Couzens may be a different prospect second time round. Before he can consider that challenge however, Camacho has more pressing matters in hand: “If I don’t get a fight for another title I’ll keep the Southern Area and defend it again. I’ll leave it my manager Steve Goodwin, but right now I’m really focused on the 25th November and Jose Lopes. It’s going to be a great fight and one for the fans – I’m bringing entertainment!”
Anyone can have their view regarding who wins this tantalising bout, but one thing most will agree on is that excitement is guaranteed for this quality cruiserweight match-up!
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Written by Andrew Fairley (@andrewfairley1)