MANILA, Philippines – Former world champion Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton will battle a dangerous Mexican opponent when she makes her return to the boxing ring on May 4 in Kanasin, Yucatan, Mexico.
According to Examiner’s Dennis Guillermo, Julaton will face Yolanda “La Negra” Segura, a knockout artist who has has won seven of her eight victories via knockout.
It will be Julaton’s first fight since losing her World Boxing Organization super bantamweight belt to Yesica Marcos in Mexico last March.
“That was not me in the ring the last time out,” Julaton told Examiner. “That environment worked against me in more ways than one and to top it off, I fought my opponent’s fight.”
Julaton lost via unanimous decision, with scores of 92-98, 91-98 and 92-98.
“We all learn as we go and that will not happen again,” she guaranteed. “I plan to fight to my strengths. This is all about winning.”
Julaton hopes that a victory against Segura will lead to a rematch against Marcos or a shot at Jackie Nava, who holds the World Boxing Association super bantamweight belt.
“Segura is no walk in the park,” warned Julaton’s promoter, Allan Tremblay. “That girl can punch and we have to focus completely on her for now.”
“However, if we are successful, we will have Ana back in the ring in late summer and hopefully, followed by that title fight late in 2012,” Tremblay added.
Tremblay is hopeful that Julaton’s title fight can be held in the Philippines.
“Ana is long overdue to make her first appearance at home and bask in the reception that such an appearance would provide,” he said.
Julaton, meanwhile, is focused on defeating Segura in order to get back into the title picture.
“I owe my Filipino fans around the world that title back, and that is my mission,” she said.