In a sport dominated by men, Ana ‘The Hurricane’ Julaton does not stop to amaze us as she triumphantly defended her World Boxing Organization (WBO) female super bantamweight crown against Mexican challenger Jessica Villafranca last Saturday, October 1 at the Polifuncional Sports Complex in Yucatan, Mexico.
The Filipino-American was able to hang on to the 112-pound title belt she won last year alongside Maria Elena Villalobos. Also being trained by the pound-for-pound Manny Pacquiao’s World Boxing Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, 31-year-old Julaton did not let the younger 18-year-old Villafranca outsmart her. All three judges saw the fight in Julaton’s favor as she out pointed the Mexican: 98-91, 96-93 and 97-92. This fight hiked her ring record to 10 wins (one by knockout), two losses and one draw.
Julaton’s nickname ‘The Hurricane’ is aptly given since she is also one of the quickest boxers ever to win a world title in the sport, having fought only five other professional bouts before winning the International Boxing Association (IBA) Super Bantamweight title.
Even though the California-born fighter originally wanted to become the first ever Filipino-American boxer (both male and female) to ever get a medal in the history of the Olympic Games which was denied by the International Olympic Committee (I.O.C) and was the only sport allowed in the Olympics with out a female counterpart, Julaton never gave up and instead diverted all her efforts to making the Filipinos proud as she said “I want to show the Boxing World that I will fight anyone, anywhere, at any time and will do my utmost to represent the proud Filipino nation in the great traditions that they have come to expect.”