Photo: Renzo Novara
Newly crowned IBF super bantamweight champion Jonathan “El Momo” Romero (23-0, 12 KOs) returned to his native Colombia late Monday evening. Romero arrived to Barranquila Colombia Airport late Monday evening and was greeted with a standing ovation by his countrymen and women chanting in Spanish loosely translated to “Long live the champion!” Romero stated that he hoped his first defense could be held in Barranquila, Colombia where he is well known. In terms of now, however, their is still a big party to come for Romero in his native city of Cali where they have been celebrating since his victory Saturday night. Romero, is scheduled to arrive there shortly.
Romero became Colombian´s 42nd world champion in the country’s history when he impressively went on the road and won the vacant title against Alejandro Lopez (24-3, 7 KOs) by decision in Lopez’ native Tijuana, Mexico this past Saturday night.
He also joins the many world champions developed by Colombian’s lead promoter Promociones Cuadrilátero, who signed Romero after he represented Colombia in the 2008 Olympics. Promociones Cuadrilátero was a major force behind properly building Romero from the beginning up until his crowning achievement.
Former world champions Miguel Barrerra, Cesar Canchilla, Daniel Reyes, and Ricardo Torres to name a few also are on that list of world champions.