Trainer believes Julaton can still bounce back
MANILA, Philippines – Former world champion Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton suffered a disappointing loss when she dropped a unanimous decision against American Celina Salazar last August 17 in Mexico, but her trainer is confident that she can bounce back.
The judges scored the bout in Salazar’s favor, 99-91, across the board.
“I feel she’ll come back stronger than ever, and this was just a setback in a long lay-off,” Julaton’s trainer, Angelo Reyes, told Quinito Henson of The Philippine Star. “It’s been a year since her last fight, and it definitely played a role in losing this fight.”
Reyes pointed out that Julaton was supposed to fight on October and February, but both dates were cancelled.
“I believe had she been able to fight last October and February, a result like this would not have happened,” he said.
Julaton acknowledged that it was not her best effort, but added that “it wasn’t a reflection of me.”
“We should have fought last October, when I had momentum. But I couldn’t get a fight. If we fought then, it would have been a different story for sure. The dynamics of the camp would have been different,” Julaton said.
Julaton said she is already back in the gym and is preparing for her next fight, “whenever that may be.”
“I’m supposed to sit down with my trainer, Angelo Reyes, and my manager, Allan Tremblay, on September to talk about what we’re going to do in the future,” she said. “Right now, I’m just playing it by ear.”
“Ana has always been known for her incredible ability to bounce back,” said Reyes, relating how Julaton was able to fight Lisa Brown in March 2010 despite sustaining cuts above her eyes.
“I think Ana will be ready to fight as soon as Allan gives her the green light,” he added.