(APR 4) Over 22,000 people
in Paysandu, Uruguay, were waiting to greet new WBA Female
Lightweight World Champion Cecilia "La Reina" Comunales today,
as she arrived home after her title-winning victory Saturday
night in Panama.
Fighting in one of the featured bouts of the night at Arena
Roberto Duran in Panama City, Panama, Comunales (9-1, 6 KOs)
stopped the Dominican Republic's Maribel Santana in one round,
due to injury, to capture the belt.
"South America is not like North
America," explained Comunales' promoter, Sampson Lewkwicz of
Sampson Boxing. "Boxers over here, especially champions, are
like movie stars. Cecilia was greeted by the mayor and a huge
crowd. She is now one of the most famous people in all of
Comunales seems to be handling her sudden fame well and
graciously accepted the well wishes from thousands of her
countrymen in style.
"She loved it," Lewkowicz continued. "She's been waiting a long
time to become a champion and now she's done it. She deserves
all the attention she is getting. Cecilia is a terrific fighter
and she will remain champion for a long time."