MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-American boxer Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton is ready to battle Mexican Maria Elena Villalobos with her A-game courtesy of famed trainer Freddie Roach.
“Just to box. The object is to throw as many punches at your opponent without getting hit. We are looking for big things,” Julaton told 8countnews.com’s Brad Cooney of her game plan.
Julaton will take on Villalobos at “Rumble at Rama XII” at the Casino Rama, in Rama, Ontario, Canada on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).
“She's pretty strong. She has a good strong right hand and she had a nice knockout awhile back. She is going to bring it to me, and I feel like I am ready,” the Fil-Am said of her opponent.
The two female pugilists will fight for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight title.
Villalobos has 6 wins (with 3 KOs) and 3 losses while Julaton, a 2-time world champion, currently has 6 wins (with 1 knockout), 2 losses and 1 draw.
The Fil-Am will aim to bounce back from her unanimous decision loss to Canadian Lisa “Bad News” Brown in March.
Julaton, a former WBO and International Boxing Association (IBA) champion, also said that Roach has been working on the game plan since Day 1 of their training.
“It's been great,” she said of her renewed partnership with Roach. “Ever since the first day he's been working on a game plan. We have been working great on the mitts as well. His communication with me is excellent, and it's been great being back at the Wild Card gym around fighters that have the same goals that I have.”
She was full of praise for her trainer, a 4-time Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) Trainer of the Year recipient.
“The way that Freddie explains things, and the way that he sees things is pretty incredible. It's amazing how he just puts it all together. That's why he's a 4 time trainer of the year, and I feel very honored to have him in my corner,” she said.
Roach also trains 7-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, World Boxing Association (WBA) junior welterweight champion Amir Khan and veteran fighter Gerry Peñalosa and undefeated Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. – With a report from Brad Cooney of 8countnews.com