Wadi Camacho

Boxers are real people.  Just the same as those that turn up for the 9 to 5 in the office environment, their work place is the gym, encompassing hours of graft and sweat that people don't see.  The culmination of this comes on fight night, in front of the hundreds or thousands of paying fans that are there to see knockouts and technical displays to send them home happy.  Therefore it is logical to summise that it is what fans don't see behind the scenes that influences what they do see in the ring.
 
Wadi Camacho (12-5-0) is a prime example of this.  When he is at his fluent best he has dominated the MatchRoom Prize Fighter tournament and got himself to the verge of a challenge for the British cruiserweight title.  But then there have been times when it hasn't all clicked for the likeable Londoner who was born in Spain.  
 
"My mind was in the right place for Prize Fighter" he tells me of his impressive victory back in May 2013.  "I knew I was going to win.  Everyone that knows me knows that when my mind’s in the right place and there’s no distractions or issues in camp I’m a different fighter.  If there are those issues or pressure then it can affect me – I go into that crazy Macho world and go in one dimensional to the fight.  Fighting should just be sparring but a bit more intense."
 
That was two years ago, and after that high Camacho couldn't quite sail on the crest of the wave he had created.  A loss in October of that year to Tony Conquest in a British title eliminator was followed by two further wins against John Anthony and Toni Visic - then the rollercoaster went downhill.  Three losses from his last three fights have meant a new direction for Camacho.  During this streak there was a controversial disqualification loss to Craig Kennedy where Camacho was deemed to have bit his opponent.  "I appealed it, but because the referee had made a decision it couldn't be overruled.  I never got a ban but  they withheld money, which doesn't make sense to me.  But I'm over it now, it's in the past and I'm moving on to a new chapter."
 
That new chapter started to get written last week when it was announced that Wadi had signed a promotional deal with Steve Goodwin of Goodwin Promotions.  With three events already announced by the promoter over the next two months they are providing a solid platform for both younger and established stars - and Camacho sees it as a place to make a new name for himself.
 
"I’ve boxed on Steve’s shows before.  It was an important decision for me to make at this stage of my career." says Wadi.  "It’s new for me, it’s fresh and it’s someone on the up.  We had two meetings – the first one I took in a lot of information – he told me what he can do and Steve is known as a man of his word.  I went home and spoke to the boss, my Mrs, and then she came to the second meeting.  Steve had to explain it all over again and it was beautiful, perfect for me and just what I wanted."
 
The link up with Goodwin Promotions could be just revitalisation that Camacho needs to ignite the flame of a promising career.  "My career has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs.  After my last fight I took a couple of months off, I didn’t watch any boxing – I sorted out my house and my Mrs was pregnant and we now have a beautiful daughter.  But now I just have my hunger back and I’m nice and fit.  I want to do what I’m meant to be doing."  It sounds like a more focussed Camacho that is returning to the ring.  
Gone it seems are the difficulties he was experiencing before, allowing his focus to be on his in ring career.  The new phase of his career is scheduled for October 17th at the York Hall in London.  "I’m hoping to get a 6 rounder, I’ll be having a word with Steve.  To me a 4 rounder is nothing, but it is what it is.  If it’s 4 or 6 I’ll just be happy to be back in the ring.  We’re looking for an opponent.  I want someone who’s going to come out and fight, not a walkover."
 
As part of the re-building process Camacho has joined a promotional stable that has both established and upcoming cruiserweights.  Current Southern Area champion Lawrence Bennett (7-1-0) spoke to us (read more here) about how he felt privileged that Camacho had previously mentioned him as a potential fight in the future.  "I wasn't calling out Lawrence's name" says Camacho about the Swindon cruiserweight who found success in unusual circumstances.  "It's that he's a part of Steve's team and he's been mentioned before, so his name was on the top of my head.  It's great that he's doing good things, and we are both fighting on October 17th so it will be booming, especially when I come out with my bang!"

Aside from Lawrence Bennett there is also the prospect dubbed 'The new David Haye', Jose Lopes (3-0-0).  "He's probably looking at me, but I'm not looking at him.  I know his trainer Don Charles and he works his fighters hard - he's going to be a contender coming up but he's not on my radar.  He's still learning and is a novice so no disrespect to him but he's not looking at titles yet - I have my plan!!"

That plan is all part of the setup that Wadi has signed up to with Goodwin Promotions, all starting October 17th.  "I’ll have the warm up fight in October and get it out the way, then I hope my next fight will be for the Southern Area title.  Winning Prize Fighter shows I’m past learning my trade and with the right team behind me I’m positive about where I can go."

At 30 years of age and a relatively low number of fights on his record, Camacho sounds like he is invigorated and ready to make a charge at the cruiserweight division at least domestically.  His promotional team have recently secured a number of fights for English and British titles at York Hall - it may be a few fights away yet, but Wadi has a plan and a solid team working with him.  It may be all he needs to surpass his Prize Fighter successes.