One of the fights set to unfold at the Barclays Center on Feb. 9 that I am most eager to see is the Hector Camacho Jr.-Dmitriy Salita bout. Not because there is a title on the line, or even because I expect a particularly stellar tussle. No, I am eager to see (because I am a student of human nature) how Camacho Jr. performs. As if coming off a nasty knockout loss isn't tough enough, Junior (54-5-1, 29 KOs) will be missing his father, Hector Camacho Sr., the legendary character and cunning pugilist who died on Nov. 24 after being shot in Puerto Rico.
Will the effects of the KO linger in Junior's head, and/or will the emotions overwhelm him, or will he use the losses to fuel him?
"It is going to be an exciting but very emotional night for me on Feb. 9 when I fight at Barclays Center," said Camacho, 34, who was KO'd in Round 6 by Luis Grajeda in Mexico last July. "I am fighting for myself, but it will also be a tribute to my dad, who was loved throughout all of New York. I plan to honor and represent the family name with a win over Dmitriy."