Julaton rocking opponents like a hurricane 

Ana Julaton is well on her way to being crowned the undisputed world superbantam weight women’s boxing champion.

Nicknamed “The Hurricane” to help ring announcers with the pronunciation of the “h” sound of her last name, the San Francisco native’s rise up the ranks of boxing has been meteoric since turning pro in November of 2007.

Having only six previous professional bouts under her belt, the 122-pound Julaton captured the International Boxing Association’s title belt last July by defeating Gilroy’s Kelsey Jeffries. Julaton went on to beat Donna Biggers on Dec. 4 for the International Boxing Association title, thus earning two of the five belts toward the undisputed championship. 

Asked to explain her success, Julaton said: “At 122 pounds, I’m a little longer than my opponents. I have my jab, good footwork and I still have some speed while I have my youth.”

The 29-year-old Julaton began practicing martial arts at the age of 10. After graduating from South San Francisco’s El Camino High School in 1998, she attended City College of San Francisco and worked at the Safeway on Market and Church streets in The City.

In 2002, Julaton began teaching self-defense full-time, and in 2004 she fought her first amateur boxing bout, competing in the San Francisco Golden Gloves.

In 2007, Julaton took the silver medal in the U.S. national championships; she had her heart set on the 2008 Olympics as either the alternate for the American team or the representative for Team Phillipines. However, women’s boxing will not be sanctioned as an official Olympic event until the 2012 Games.

Julaton took the advice of her friend, boxing great Manny Pacquiao, and turned professional. Within the first 10 seconds of her inaugural pro bout, and despite being outweighed by opponent Rita Valentini, Julaton knocked her down. In the fourth round, she again sent Valentini to the mat with a left hook and won the fight by decision.

Six days a week, Julaton’s day begins at Sessions Training in The City, where she works with trainer Lauro Doroliat.

“From there I eat, sleep, rest up and get ready for my next training session,” says the tireless pugilist. “At West Wind [in Berkeley], I work on bag work and alternate sparring with my coach, Rick Noble.  I’m lucky to have a couple of top-notch trainers.”

She sees herself becoming a coach one day.

“Every time I look at a little girl who’s interested in getting into boxing, I ask the parents first: ‘How interested are you?’” Julaton said. “I try not to give them a jaded opinion. Boxing can get pretty shady, and I don’t want to see people get hurt.”

The Ana Julaton file

Nickname: “The Hurricane”
High school: El Camino in South San Francisco
What: IBA and WBO superbantam weight champion
Next: World Boxing Organization, World Boxing Council and Women’s International Boxing Federation title bouts for the undisputed world title.
Info: www.womenboxing.com

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