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PXC fighter Frank Camacho rises up to help his native Saipan

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Frank "The Crank" Camacho has been knocked out and beat down, but he's still standing. "This is the real fight," he said solemnly of his native and beloved Saipan.    

He's not talking about his upcoming bout in PXC 49 - he's talking about the KO from Typhoon Soudelor. "It's almost like an apocalypse-style - it's very heartwrenching to see," he shrugged.  Camacho was born in Guam but raised in Saipan, which was devastated from this past weekend's typhoon. "Saipan is home, and even Guam is home - and it just hurts to see the people suffer the way they are," Camacho continued.

His parents live in Saipan, and during intermittent connectivity was able to reach out to them on Monday.  He says his family was fortunate - debris damaged their car, but for the most part his parents were prepared for the storm. Unfortunately his sister, who recently moved back to Saipan from the US mainland lost everything. The tin roof over her home blew away during the height of Soudelor, adding insult to injury to the fact that she's stuck in Guam, waiting to catch a flight back home.

Currently the island is recovering, as thousands of residents remain without power and water. "They ran out of gas, it's kind of like all panic and its getting pretty scared because once people start to panic. It causes chaos and you know, what it likes from there," he said.

Camacho steps into the cage this Friday for PXC, and win or lose, or for the belt or not, he's a champion no matter what. "After the rain comes the rainbow," he said. "You just got to bring some sun and bring some positive light on our people. We're the epitome of hard work and resilience and perseverance."

"I'm really dedicating that fight to the people of Saipan, and I'm going to take some of the money and send it back to my family and talk to someone there that can use that to help out. I just urge people here to help out," he said.

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