The Hurricane Strikes

by Joseph Pimentel/AJPress

LEMOORE – They call her the “Hurricane” for a reason.

Last Thursday, FilAm female boxer Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton quickly disposed of Salana Jordan 37 seconds into the first round of a bantamweight fi ght at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Leemore.

“I’m just as surprised as everybody else,” said Julaton about the quick fight. “It’s hard for me to remember [what happened]. I was just thinking to keep going because it [the knockdown] just happened fast.”

The 27-year-old Julaton was unrelenting in her attacks from the get go.

She opened the first round with a hard stiff jab rocking Jordan’s head like a bobblehead doll. A few seconds later, Julaton jarred Jordan with a right hook to the chin. About 25 seconds into the fight, Julaton threw a right to the body, left hook to the head and finished the combination with a perfectly placed right hook to Jordan’s jaw. Jordan fell to the canvas but quickly rose from the floor. Jordan stood dazed but the referee continued the fight.

Julaton continued to pepper Jordan with fierce combinations. Deftly placed lefts hook to the liver and another right hook to the head finished the fight. Jordan’s corner threw in the towel. Referee Ray Balewicz waved the fight off 37 seconds into the first round signaling the win for Julaton.

“It was a good performance,” said Trainer Freddie Roach, who flew in from Las Vegas to corner the fight for Julaton. “I think she’s progressing well. She’s where she needs to be right now.”

“I give it up to my training and coaches,” added Julaton. “We’ve been training for a long time for this fight. I was ready and prepared.”

Julaton said she was surprised that she knocked down Jordan.

“It always catch me to surprise,” she said. “It was the same way when I knocked down Rita [Valentini] in my first fight. [But] I feel good. I’m glad about the outcome. I’m just doing what I’m trained to do and it just happens.”

Planet Hollywood

The next match-up for Julaton is arguably going to be her toughest fight. On Saturday, July 5, Julaton faces undefeated Johanna Mendez of Houston, TX. Mendez is the 2007 US National Silver medalist. After turning professional, Mendez has racked up a 3-0 1 KO record.

Besides having to fight two bouts in a span of ten days and her undefeated record on the line, Julaton will also be celebrating her birthday on July 5, adding more pressure to do well against Mendez.

Julaton said she’s ready for her opponent.

“It’s back to work,” she said. “I’m glad to have an opponent who is very skilled. I need go do what I got to do. This is what I’m supposed to do.”


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