“The girl was much more effective at 120 than she was at 135,” said Roach about Olivo. “She was very durable and quick…Not to say that Ana didn’t fight a good fight. Ana fought well. I think a few adjustments here and there and we could have outpointed Olivo.”
With only two weeks notice, Olivo accepted this match against the highly regarded Julaton after several other opponents backed out.
Fighting for her fourth world championship attempt, the 36-year-old veteran boxer looked sharp throughout the fight. She threw more punches and combinations, while Julaton seemed to have lost a step. The judges scored split-decision bout in her favor 79-73, 77-75 and 75-77.
“I wanted to pressure her and throw the stronger punches,” said Olivo, the new World Boxing Council (WBC) International Female super bantamweight titlist. “I wanted to work the body to the head and use my hooks. And you saw what happened.”
Roach said that Julaton didn’t look like her normal self during the match.
“I don’t know what it was,” said Roach about Julaton’s performance. “I’m not sure if she over prepared. I feel like Ana was a little flat in the fight. Not so much her hands but her legs.”
Julaton, who has only had five professional bouts, admits to having rookie nerves. The bright lights and championship atmosphere took the better of her.
It appeared that Julaton was the quicker fighter with the effective jabs to keep Oliva away. However, Julaton abandoned that strategy for a more brawler type fight.
“I think going into this fight I was too excited,” she said. “I knew she was a forward fighter but my ego got the best of me in terms of me just wanting to go in there and slug it out with her.
“I was a little tight,” she added. “She’s a strong fighter. I just didn’t get off the way I wanted to.”
Julaton said that the loss is a humbling moment in her short career.
“I’m taking it for what it is,” she said. “The best thing is to leave it all behind…and continue on to be better. No excuses on anything. I just need to try to get better next time. I’ll do whatever it takes to get to the next level.”
Manager Angelo Reyes took the blame for Julaton’s lost.
Coming into this match questions surrounded Julaton’s management about whether she was ready for a championship bout against a very worthy opponent so early in her career.
Reyes said he was overeager to go for a championship early in Julaton’s career because women’s boxing doesn’t have the number of fights available like the men’s professional boxing.
“Look I went on record on saying that we had five top five women in the world who turned down this fight,” he said. “Why is Ana the one challenging people when it should be the other way around?”
The loss drops Julaton’s record to 4-1-1 1 KO.
Reyes said Team Julaton would go back to the drawing board and prepare a new training regiment for Julaton. Reyes added that he and Roach are already preparing for another match for Julaton scheduled for late October. (www.asianjournal.com)