by Joseph Pimentel/AJPress
LOS ANGELES – The yellow hand wrap is packed on tight. Her hair is rolled up. Her manager/trainer Angelo Reyes pulls the blue 12-ounce gloves on her hands. She walks menacingly inside the ring. She stares at her opponent across from her. She squints and opens her mouth like a lion ready to roar.
FilAm female professional boxer Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton is ready to pounce on any one in her way.
Julaton arrived at the Wildcard Boxing Club early this month to begin training for one of her toughest challenges.
The former San Francisco Gold Glove Champion, US Nationals silver medalist and current undefeated professional with a record of 3-0 Julaton has a daunting task ahead of her, one with great risk but even better rewards.
In the next coming weeks, Julaton not only has to train for one fight but two bouts, ten days apart.
Julaton faces Salina Jordan at The Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore on Thursday, June 26. A week later, she’ll face undefeated Johanna Mendez of Texas in a Top Rank Promotions event at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on July 5.
If Julaton does well in her next two bouts, a top-flight promotional contract and a championship match could be waiting ahead.
For the past few months, Julaton’s management has been in “serious” talks with Top Rank President Bob Arum. Arum is one of the few boxing promoters willing to sign female boxers. He used to promote Muhammad Ali’s daughter Laila Ali, and popular female boxer Mia St. John.
“The big plan for Ana is to fight [Mexican] Jackie Nava, who is considered one of the best pound for pound female boxer in the world,” said Reyes. “Arum has already guaranteed that when Ana is ready to fight for the title, she’ll sign with Top Rank.”
But first, Julaton has to show her worth in these next crucial bouts.
Trainer Freddie Roach said that Julaton is ready to take that next step. Two fights in ten days shouldn’t be hard, he said.
“It’s the best blessing in the world for a fighter,” said Roach. “I once fought three fights in thirty days. It helps the fighter stay in shape. You don’t have to worry about sparring or running. You don’t get lazy. Activity is really the best thing in the world for any fighter.”
“Let’s do it,” said Julaton. “It’s exciting. I think the challenges are a good preparation for the future. I’m just glad I have the opportunity. My trainer Freddie has a good schedule for fighters to keep them sharp so I got to go with what the boss says.”
“We’ve been preparing for things like this,” she added. “I’m used to having a sparring schedule back to back and even three, four, five days straight so I know how it feels to fight when fatigued.”
To help elevate her game, Roach has Julaton’s sparring with some of the top female boxers to prepare her. So far, Julaton has sparred with WBC minimum weight champion Carina Moreno, a five-time US National Champion Elizabeth Quevedo, and the 2008 US Nationals Champion Amaris Quintana.
If Julaton is able to come out on top in the next few weeks, there might be a golden opportunity at the end of the rainbow.