Refocused Julaton looks to bounce back, fights SeguraBy Mark Giongco
MANILA, Philippines—Former World Boxing Organization super bantamweight champion Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton hopes to get back into the winning track when she goes toe-to-toe with Mexican fighter Yolanda “La Negra” Segura on May 4 in Kanisin, Yucatan, Mexico.
Julaton, who yielded her WBO crown via unanimous decision to Argentina’s Yesica Patricia Marcos in her last stint, looks to regain her ruthless form against the younger and dangerous Segura.
“That was not me in the ring last time out,” Julaton said.
“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,” added the Filipino-American Julaton.
Segura can pack a punch with seven of his eight wins coming by way of knockout against only three setbacks.
“We have an ambitious plan for Ana to regain the world title and this is the first step in that plan. Segura is no walk in the park. That girl can punch and we have to focus completely on her for now,” said Julaton’s promoter, Allan Tremblay of Orion Sports Management.
Looking forward though, Tremblay has set up plans if Julaton goes on to bounce back which includes a potential fight here.
“If we are successful, we will have Ana back in the ring in late summer—hopefully, followed by a title fight late in 2012. Ideally, we would like that contest to take place in the Philippines,” said Tremblay.
“Ana is long overdue to make her first appearance at home and bask in the reception that such an appearance would provide.”
Julaton looks to improve on her 10-3-1 KO record.