Macho Time: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of Hector Camacho | Hamilcar Publications

Macho Time: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of Hector Camacho

Christian Giudice, with a foreword by Carlos Acevedo



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Coming October 20, 2020!

“Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho…survived a difficult childhood to become a world champion before his lifelong struggle with addiction led to his murder at the age of 50. Giudice’s take on the complicated fighter will move even those who’ve never tuned into a boxing match.”Publishers Weekly

“In yet another skillful excavation of a dazzling Latino champion, Christian Giudice…follows Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho from his embattled childhood in Spanish Harlem, to the heights of his electrifying yet too-brief stardom and onto his abject end by hail of gunfire in a carful of cocaine. It is a compelling journey.”―Mark Kram Jr., author of Smokin’ Joe: The Life of Joe Frazier

“In this penetrating biography, Christian Giudice reveals the showman, the artist, the clown and the assassin―the erratic family man and the pride of Spanish Harlem.”―Mike Stanton, author of Unbeaten: Rocky Marciano’s Fight for Perfection in a Crooked World

“All of boxing’s dark romance is here. The raw material of Hector Camacho’s wild, sad yet sometimes stellar life expertly distilled and movingly told.”―Jon Hotten, author of The Years of the Locust: A True Story of Murder, Money and Mayhem in the Last Age of Boxing

Hector Camacho lived fast, and his fists flew even faster in the ring. Handsome, flamboyant, and outspoken, Camacho electrified the boxing world of the 1980s. Shouting his mantra, “Macho Time!”, he beat some of the best fighters of his generation, including Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and Rafael “Bazooka” Limon. But his high-speed life caught up with him eventually—and tragically—when he was shot dead outside a nightclub in Puerto Rico at the age of fifty.

In Macho Time, Christian Giudice digs deep into Camacho’s story, interviewing his son and namesake, Hector Camacho Jr., boxing legends such as Sugar Ray Leonard and Freddie Roach, and other key figures in the fighter’s life. From these firsthand accounts, a portrait emerges of a gifted and complex man who was truly one of a kind.

Giudice is also the author of the definitive biography of legendary champion Roberto Duran— Hands of Stone, which served as the basis for the feature film of the same name starring Robert De Niro.

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Unique Effects & Packaging:

  • Dust jacket, embossed and covered in gold foil and leopard print
  • Leopard-print case underneath




  • Publication Date: October 20, 2020
  • Author: Christian Giudice
  • Edition: 1st edition
  • Availability: Worldwide
  • Imprint: Hamilcar Publications
  • Hardcover:
    • ISBN: 9781949590135
    • Page Count: 328
    • List Price: $28.95 | £20
  • Distribution: Two Rivers


Christian Giudice Author

Christian Giudice was born in Haddonfield, NJ. He currently lives in Charlotte, NC and teaches English at Harper Middle College High School. A Villanova graduate, Christian has written Hands of Stone: The Life and Legend of Roberto Duran, whose subject was the focus of a motion picture, Beloved Warrior: The Rise and Fall of Alexis Arguello and A Fire Burns Within: The Miraculous Journey of Wilfredo Gomez., and Macho Time: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of Hector Camacho.

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