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article imageSisters, girlfriends brawl at Hector 'Macho' Camacho's wake

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By JohnThomas Didymus     Nov 29, 2012 in Sports
Mourners attending a wake in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for the late boxing champion Hector "Macho" Camacho, were treated to the bizarre spectacle of a brawl involving girlfriends of the boxer and his sisters.
ESPN reports the catfight broke out Tuesday, during the second day of viewing of the slain fighter.
According to ABC, after a woman, Cynthia Castillo, lifted the veil over the boxer's coffin and kissed him, she walked to an area in the chapel reserved for Camacho's closest friends and relatives.
According to El Nuevo Dia, Camacho's sisters, Esther and Estrella, and his ex-girlfriend Gloria Fernandez, 50, objected to Castillo's presence and got into a scratching match with her which spilled into an adjacent hallway.
The 28-year-old Cynthia Castillo later said she was Camacho's current girlfriend.
Police were called to separate the fighters.
Castillo, dressed in a pink T-shirt emblazoned with a photo of the boxer, said she has been Camacho's girlfriend for three years.
ESPN reports she said: "I am the actual girlfriend of Macho, and those who don't like it better not bring it. They shouldn't be going after me. They should be thanking me for being with him at all times."
She explained: "I went to get something to eat because Machito (Hector Camacho Jr.) told me to, and his ex-girlfriend (Fernandez) came up to me and told me that I had to leave. I said no, so they threw my plate of food and attacked me, and I defended myself."
Calm returned after Castilo left.
Camacho was shot on November 20 while sitting in a parked car with a friend outside a bar in his hometown, Bayamon. His companion died immediately while the boxer died three days later after doctors removed him from life support. Police say they have suspects but no one has been arrested for the shooting.
During the wake, his mother Maria Matias cried: "They killed him.”
According to ESPN, fans will be able to pay their respects at a public viewing on Friday at the St. Cecilia's Church, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. A funeral mass will be held Saturday starting at 9 a.m. The former world champion's body will be laid to rest at Saint Raymond's Cemetery in The Bronx.
Camacho, during his colorful boxing career in the 1980s, won the super lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight world titles. He fought great names like Felix Trinidad, Julio Cesar Chavez and Sugar Ray Leonard.
His career record was 79-6-3.
He fought drug and alcohol problems for much of his life and got in trouble with the police on several occasions. According to ESPN, when he was shot, police found an open package of cocaine in the car and nine unopened packages on his friend.
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