Fil-Am Ana Julaton reclaims WBO female super bantamweight belt

Filipino-American Ana "The Hurricane" Julaton swept away her competitor at the World Boxing Organization (WBO) female super bantamweight bout, Mexican Maria Elena Villalobos, on June 30 in Canada, reports Manila Times.

Billed as "Rumble at Rama XII," the 10-round match ended with a split decision in favor of Julaton (96-94, 96-94, 94-97 and 96-94). According to Manila Times, Julaton fought Villalobos' "sudden bursts and pressure with her footwork and her scorching jabs."

The previous WBO (and International Boxing Association) super bantamweight champ told Balitanghali, "It was tough. My opponent is very strong. I think we had an effective game plan and I got to stick to it so we came out successful." Julaton came from a loss via unanimous decision in March against Lisa "Bad News" Brown at the same venue, reports Inquirer.net.

Three-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach, who trains Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao, coached Julaton. She told Balitanghali, "[Freddie] is an excellent coach; he's very good with communication. He wanted me to box a little bit more and control the ring by using the jab. Kind of slug it out."

"We'll keep at it and Ana will get even better," Roach said, according to Manila Times. He said he would like a rematch between Julaton and Villalobos in the Philippines. To this, Villalobos said, "Mucho bueno [very good]."

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