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Ana Julaton
©photo by Alfredo Perez courtesy Team Julaton


5'4" junior featherweight Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton lives in Daly City, California and is trained by renowned trainer Freddie Roach.  

Ana (whose full name is Luciana Bonifacio Julaton) was born on July 5, 1980 in San Francisco, California. She is the daughter of Filipino immigrants Cesario Julaton II and Ahmelia Bonifacio. Her father immigrated to the USA in 1963 at age 3 while her mother came to the USA in 1986 at age 17.  

Julaton attended El Camino High School in San Francisco. Her early entry into pugilistic sports was sparked by her father Cesario's interest in martial arts and Bruce Lee. She began taekwondo at age 10 and competed for eight years at championship level but she eventually became more interested in fighting styles that are closer to practical self defense. She joined the West-Wind martial arts school in Berkeley, California, which also offers boxing training, as an instructor in the martial art Bok-fu. Although she was skeptical at first, Julaton was eventually persuaded to try boxing by West-Wind instructor Angelo Reyes. Her natural talent for the sport was soon clear and she entered the 2004 San Francisco Golden Gloves after just two weeks of official boxing training. Ana won silver by losing to the more experienced Cleo Chan of King's Gym in the Golden Gloves tournament final, but she was now hooked on boxing and her amateur career was under way! 

Both Chan and Julaton would go on to face Iowa's Katy Klinefelter in the USA National championships in Colorado Springs in March 2005.  Chan lost 20-9 to Klinefelter in the preliminaries while Julaton stopped Abigail Chavez in the third round, only to lose 16-9 to Klinefelter in the quarter final.  

Julaton returned to the San Francisco Golden Gloves in 2005 and again lost the 125-lb final, this time by split (3-2) decision to another well established amateur, Cynthia Talmadge of San Francisco . The spirited fight was carried on local TV and helped to introduce Julaton to boxing fans in the area. In November 2005 she competed in the National Golden Gloves where she won the bronze medal in the 125-lb category. She also reached the quarter finals of the national PAL championship.  

2005 also saw the beginnings of  relationship between the team of Julaton and Angelo Reyes and Carina Moreno of Watsonville, California and her trainer "Repo Rick" Noble.  “On and off Rick has always been a part of Ana’s training team. Part of the reason Ana has moved so quickly is because, whenever we are not at Wild Card, she always is working with Carina and Rick,” says Reyes. Julaton has greatly benefited from training alongside Moreno, who has become one of her closest friends in the sport. “She is an awesome person and I phenomenal boxer,” says Julaton. “Just for her and Rick to share all of their knowledge, and to be with me, I really appreciate all of the things they have done for me.”

In 2006 Julaton returned to the final of the 75th San Francisco Golden Gloves, this time scoring a hard fought victory over Cynthia Talmadge that boosted her own confidence and consolidated her reputation in the local boxing community. [Video]

Julaton went on to win the California State PAL Championship and returned to the USA Nationals in Colorado Springs in March 2006. After winning a points decision in the preliminary round, Julaton lost to Katy Klinefelter of Iowa in the quarter-final by a 13-11 margin after Klinefelter scored three points in rapid succession in the last  15 seconds of the bout.

Julaton returned to Colorado Springs in June 2007 to seek the national 57-kg amateur title again. She won her semifinal bout with Quadriyyah Marshall by 11-8 but then lost by 36-18 to Stephanie Eggink of Ferndale, Washington. Trainer Reyes was convinced Ana had dominated the action only to be robbed by the scoring system used in amateur boxing.   

Julaton told Mario Ortega of 15rounds.com: “From her body language, I felt that I was able to take her confidence away. I had opened up her nose. By the time the third round came, her demeanor changed and she looked confident and I did not know why. Angelo didn’t tell me the score, but he said not to worry about points, just go out there and hurt her. She just kept running away and at that point I knew I was behind in the score. That right there kind of did it for me and the amateurs, “If someone is going to work hard for something, and I felt like I did, and if I lose I would rather lose to someone who fought me hard. I would rather lose to someone who is going to go in there and challenge me and really beat me up. I didn’t feel that way at all, I felt like I was in the lead…then to just have that taken away from me. I feel like I am in the best shape of my life, and to have this girl just stay away and throw jabs and she gets rewarded for that. It was tough, it was a tough time.” 

“At that point, it was pretty clear that Ana would never fight as an amateur again,” adds Reyes.  Julaton had once dreamed of winning a gold medal for the Philippines or the USA if women's boxing had been included in the 2008 Olympics. That prospect also disappeared when the International Olympic Committee did not approve the women's event, a disappointment that persuaded many top amateur boxers to turn pro in 2007.

Ana then joined the boxing stable of Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California, where she would be exposed to top class sparring partners as well as benefiting from the enormous experience of Roach. and training alongside Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao/

“She’s a good fighter,” says Pacquiao. “She wants to be world champion. I love to give her inspiration and moral support.”   Pacquiao also tried to get Ana's pro debut included on the undercard of his pay-per-view rematch with Marco Antonio Barrera, but that plan fell through when Ana's intended opponent, Hondi Hernandez, weighed in seven pounds heavier than her so the Nevada State commission did not allow the fight to go on. 

Ana instead made her pro debut on November 2, 2007 at Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, California, winning a four-round unanimous (40-34,40-34,39-35) decision over Rita Valentini of Los Angeles, who she knocked down in both the first and fourth rounds. Valentini fell to 6-6 with the loss. [Video]

Ana Julaton vs Carly BateyOn February 7, 2008 at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California, Ana Julaton (122¼ lbs) won a hard-fought six-round split (59-55,58-56,56-58) decision over British-born Carly Batey (120 lbs) from San Diego, California. “I knew she was a good fighter. I knew she was aggressive,” Julaton told Mario Ortega. “I felt that if I am going to do this pro thing, and be a world champion, why not fight someone who is going to be challenging? In order for me to be a world class champion, I have to know a whole lot of things. I feel like I should be able to see my opponent and know them just like that. I felt like I was ready for it, and I wasn’t intimidated.”  Batey slipped to 3-3-2  (0 KO's) with this loss. 

Clara De la Torre vs Ana JulatonOn March 13, 2008 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas , NV, Ana (123 lbs) won a four-round unanimous (40-36,40-36,39-37) decision over Clara De la Torre (123 lbs) of Santa Fe, New Mexico who fell to 1-4 (1 KO).  De la Torre was a less dangerous opponent than Batey or Valentini had been, but the bout was nationally televised in the week of Manny Pacquiao’s rematch with Juan Manuel Marquez and his brother Bobby Pacquiao was on the bill. “It was cool to be in the back room with Bobby Pacquiao and Team Pacquiao,” says Julaton. “Just being able to watch Manny and to see how he is composed in the public. I admire the guy, he is phenomenal. I had to just sit back a lot of times and watch. I feel very privileged, and I thank Top Rank. To have a TV fight, that is incredible.”

On June 26, 2008 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California, Ana (122 lbs) knocked out Salina Jordan (119 lbs) of Denver, Colorado at 0:37 in the first round of a scheduled four-rounder. Jordan fell to 2-5 (1 KO) with four straight losses by stoppage and she has not fought professionally since. 

Ana Julaton vs Johanna Mendez
Ana Julaton vs Johanna Mendez in July 2008
© Copyrighted photo taken by Mary Ann Owen

On July 5, 2008 in a Bob Arum Top Rank promotion at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Ana (121 lbs) fought to a six-round split (58-56,57-57,55-59) draw with undefeated Johanna Mendez (119 lbs) of Houston, Texas.  Mendez is a skilled boxer with fast hands who likes to dart in and out to pepper her opponents with quick uppercuts and left hooks. Mendez opened a cut over Julaton's right eye, forcing Julaton to remain aggressive in the final round with blood streaming down her face in order to salvage the draw. Mendez moved her record to 3-0-1 (1 KO). For more of Mary Ann Owen's photos of this fight, see Flash Slideshow #87 and Photo Gallery #484 on the WBAN Records Member Site.

Ana Julaton vs Dominga Olivo
Ana Julaton vs Dominga Olivo in August 2008
© Copyrighted photo taken by Bob Silverman

On August 21, 2008 at the Tachi Casino Hotel and Resort in Lemoore, California, Ana Julaton (121¼ lbs) suffered her first pro loss when Dominga Olivo (120 lbs) of Brooklyn, New York won a close eight-round split  - 77-75 (Olivo), 77-75 (Julaton), and 79-73 (Olivo) - decision for the WBC International Junior Featherweight title.  According to TheSweetScience.com's David Avila: "The New Yorker’s strength was obvious from the start as she planted her feet and swung for the fences from both sides. Julaton was effective with her speedy jabs and combinations throughout the bout, but was hit during the infighting ... Julaton had her moments too. At times her jab seemed to be able to score whenever she fired it. But after the jab or a combination, that little pause opened up the door for Olivo to retaliate."  Olivo, whose draw with home-standing Jelena Mrdjenovich for the WBC Junior Lightweight world title was named by WBAN as on of the "Biggest Upsets of the Year 2007" improved her pro record to 7-4-1 (0 KO).  For more of Bob Silverman's photos of this fight card, see Photo Gallery #489 on the WBAN Records Member Site.

Ana Julaton vs Kelesey JeffriesOn September 12, 2009 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, Ana Julaton (120¼ lbs) won a ten-round majority (96-94,95-95,98-92) decision over Kelsey Jeffries (119½ lbs) of Gilroy, California for the vacant IBA Junior Featherweight title. According to a report by Andrew Matheson in the Gilroy Dispatch, "Julaton used speed and a strong left jab to set the tone in the early rounds, and tried to stay on the outside as Jeffries preferred to battle closer to the body. The differing styles allowed for a stop-and-go bout, the main event of American Metal and Irons' Fight Night at the Tank. "But I thought I had the edge,' Jeffries said ... 'I thought I won the fight.'"  Jeffries slipped to 41-10-1 (4 KOs) with the loss.
[Video] [Huge photo of Ana with IBA belt]

On December 4, 2009 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, Ana won a ten-round unanimous (100-90,90-91,90-91) decision over Donna Biggers of Boiling Springs, South Carolina for the vacant WBO Junior Featherweight title and defending her IBA Junior Featherweight title.  Biggers fell to 19-9-1 (16 KO's) with the loss.

Lisa Brown vs Ana Julaton in March 2010
© Copyrighted photo taken by Durell Wambolt
courtesy of Team Lisa Brown

On March 27, 2010, at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada veteran  Lisa Brown (122 lbs) of Brampton, Ontario won a clear ten-round unanimous (99-91, 99-92, 100-90) decision over Ana (120¾ lbs) for the WBA Super Bantamweight title. As Ronnie Nathaniels reported for BoxingScene.com, "Ana Julaton ... lost a lopsided ten round decision to the far more talented Lisa ”Bad News” Brown in a WBA Super Bantamweight title fight ... Brown entered with little fanfare but was clearly the more polished fighter who used a sound game plan which centered around a stinging left and solid right hooks to the body which earned her an easy unanimous decision. She also inflicted two cuts around Julaton’s eyes. With the win Brown gained the recognition she deserved in capturing the WBA crown after winning far less prestigious titles in the past. For Julaton, whom Morgan Campbell correctly pointed out is a polished product outside the ring, the fight provided a lesson in the subtle skills of the sweet science."  Brown improved her record to 17-4-3 (5 KO's).  [Video]

Ana Julaton vs Maria Villalobos
Ana Julaton vs Maria Villalobos in June 2010
© Copyrighted photo taken by Durell Wambolt

On June 30, 2010. Ana (122 lbs) returned to Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada and won a hard-fought split (94-97,96-94,96-94) decision over Maria Elena (Mary) Villalobos (121½ lbs) of Mexico in a ten-rounder for the vacant WBO Junior Featherweight title and defending her IBA Junior featherweight title. Julaton started out well working behind her jab but Villalobos picked up the pace in the third round and landed stiff shots to Julaton's body and her face, causing swelling below Ana's left eye. Ana lost her balance and her  gloves went to the canvas early in the round, but the referee ruled it a slip. Villalobos caught Julaton with several hard left hooks in the fourth but Julaton re-established her jab in the fifth and started to use footwork and movement to control the ring. Villalobos worked her right to Julaton's left eye which was closing in the sixth. The fight tightened up again in the seventh and eighth rounds as Villalobos pressed harder and was able to work Julaton's body at close quarters.  There was a lot of clutching and grabbing by both fighters when they were at close range but Julaton's jab was able to keep Villalobos away for much of the ninth before they again went toe-to-toe at close quarters in the tenth.  Julaton ended the fight with a large purple welt under her left eye. Villalobos fell to 6-4 (3 KO's) with this narrow and fiercely contested loss. 

On July 12, 2010 Ana presented President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III of the Philippines with the gloves she had worn while winning the WBO world title in Canada two weeks earlier.

Ana Julaton vs Francesca AlcanterOn February 25, 2011 at the Craneway Pavilion in Point Richmond, California, Ana Julaton (116½ lbs) won a ten-round unanimous (98-92,97-93,96-94) decision over hard-hitting Francesca Alcanter (5'4", 118½ lbs) of Kansas City, Missouri defending the WBO Junior Featherweight title. Despite the 38-year-old Alcanter's more extensive pro experience, Julaton dominated the fight from the opening round with her powerful left jabs, speed, and movement. Alcanter fell to 19-10-1 (9 KO's). The fight was carried live in the Philippines by TV5. [Video]

While visiting the Philippines in March 2011 after defending the WBO Junior Featherweight title against Francesca Alcanter, Julaton said that a rematch with Lisa Brown in Manila was "included in my priorities", adding that "Alcanter is (a) harder puncher than Lisa.  Lisa has somewhat an awkward style of punching."

On June 24, 2011 at Dade County Auditorium in Miami, Florida
Ana (127½ lbs) won an eight-round unanimous decision over Angel Gladney (5'1", 127½ lbs) of Columbia, South Carolina. The judges scored the fight seven rounds to one twice for Julaton, and six to two on the third scorecard. Gladney kept coming forward but her left eye was almost closed and she was cut in her lower left cheek after being tagged repeatedly by Julaton's right.  Gladney hung tough against Julaton's superior speed and boxing skills but fell to 6-4-1 (5 KO's). [Video]

On September 30, 2011 at the Polifuncional Sports Complex in Kanasin, Yucatan, Mexico, Ana (119½ lbs) won a ten-round unanimous (98-91,96-93,97-92) decision over Jessica Villafranca (122 lbs) of Nicolas Romero, México defending the WBO Junior Featherweight title. Julaton sustained a cut on her forehead after an accidental clash of heads but her ring skills and aggressiveness won most of the early rounds against the 18-year-old Villafranca. who dropped to 12-4-0 (6 KO's). [Video (excerpts)]

Marcos vs Julaton
Yesica Marcos vs Ana Julaton in March 2012
Copyrighted photo  from press release

On March 16, 2012 at Teatro Griego Juan Pablo Segundo in San Martin, Mendoza, Argentina, Yesica Marcos (120¾ lbs) of San Martin won a ten-round unanimous (98-91,96-92,97-92) decision over Ana Julaton (122  lbs) for the WBO Junior Featherweight title. Julaton started fast and knocked Marcos down in the second round but Marcos landed the heavier punches behind a southpaw jab  through most of the fight to earn a unanimous decision from the neutral judging panel.  Julaton could not solve the twin problem of Marcos' body shots and opportunistic uppercuts as she fell to 10-3-1 (1 KO) while Marcos improved to 19-0-1 (6 KO's).

Julaton said later “That was not me in the ring last time out. That environment worked against me in more ways than one and to top it off, I fought my opponent's fight. We all learn as we go and that will not happen again. I plan to fight to my strengths. This is all about winning. I owe my Filipino fans around the world that title back and that is my mission."

On May 4, 2012 at Polifuncional de la Colonia Francisco Villa Oriente , Kanasin, Yucatán, Mexico, Ana (126¼ lbs) won a ten-round unanimous (100-90x3) decision over Yolanda Segura (127¼ lbs) of Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas, Mexico in a non-title bout.  Segura fell to 9-4 (7 KO's).

On August 3, 2012 at Polifuncional de la Colonia Francisco Villa Oriente in Kanasin, Yucatán, Mexico, Ana "The Hurricane" Julaton won by a TKO at 0:19 in the first round over late replacement boxer Abigail Ramos of Mexico. The fight had been scheduled for 10 rounds.  Julaton improved to 12-3-1 (2 KO's) while dropping Ramos to 3-4-0 (0 KO's), all four of her losses coming by first-round KO.

On August 17 2013 at Plaza de Toros in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Celina Salazar of San Antonio, Texas defeated Ana Julaton by a ten-round unanimous (99-91 x 3) decision in a non-title fight. Salazar had come to brawl  and nothing that Julaton could throw or do would slow Salazar down or allow her to escape Salazar's relentless pursuit - counterpunching, clinching, or ducking low all brought Julaton no respite at all for ten very rough rounds.  The referee was in no hurry to break up any clinches that Salazar could punch, push or wrestle her way out of, and the only point that Salazar lost on the scorecards was one that was deducted from her for hitting while holding.  Jabs, counters and Julaton's attempts at defensive mobility were all no match for Salazar's non-stop assault.  Julaton put on a brave effort to stay on her feet in the late rounds of a 20-minute mugging but nothing she did could prevent Salazar from steamrolling her way to a 5-1-2 (1 KO) record at her expense.

On November 1 2013 at Auditorio Morelos in Progreso, Yucatán, Mexico, Ana Julaton rebounded from her loss to Celina Salazar by winning a ten-round majority (97-93, 98-94, 95-95) decision over Perla Hernandez of Torreon, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico in a non-title bout.  The bout was evenly matched for both strength and style and Julaton was able to control the pace and distance despite being  cut on her right eyebrow in the sixth round. Hernandez fell to 10-7-3 (2 KO's) as Julaton progressed to 13-4-1 (2 KO's).

Ana Julaton became a popular symbol of women's boxing achievement in the Philippines like Manny Pacquiao is the image for primacy in men's boxing.  Her fan following in her parents' native land and in her own native California grew rapidly as she claimed world titles. Becoming a  charismatic figure in and out of the ring was a big change for the once shy teenager who was once intimidated by boxing because its combatants get the public's full attention - unlike in her original sport of taekwondo where multiple bouts are held side by side.   

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