First Pinay world boxing champ guns for pound-for-pound title

julatonPinays have fighting spirit too. World Boxing Organization and International Boxing Association super-bantamweight champ Filipino-American Ana "The Hurricane" Julaton, has her sights set on the World Boxing Association belt, reports GMANews.tv. Winning the WBA belt would make Julaton, the first ever Pinay to win a world boxing title, a pound-for-pound boxer.

Standing in Julaton's way is Lisa "Bad News" Brown, whom Julaton is set to fight in a 10-round match on March 28 at the Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada, which is Brown's hometown. "I like being the underdog with everybody cheering against me," Brown said in an interview posted on her website, TeamJulaton.com.

In an interview arranged by GMA Network, Inc., Julaton said, "We have a special game plan and I look forward to [executing] it… I'm ready to go. I feel great and I feel very strong... I want to represent the Filipino community and show that Filipinas have a lot of heart." Julaton traces her roots to Pangasinan and Manila.

Her trainer, Nonito Donaire Sr., said in Filipino, "She doesn't complain and she works very hard. I hope all my future boxers are like her."

Ana Julaton wins the International Boxing Association super-bantamweight title.

California-based Julaton won her two world titles just last year in only her seventh and eighth professional outings.

Photo from TeamJulaton.com.

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