WINNING a world title not just once but twice is among those on top of Ana Julaton’s memorable moments as she abruptly put an end to her more than a decade stint as a professional fighter.
The 37-year-old Fil-Am nicknamed ‘The Hurricane’ officially announced her retirement this week in a decision she referred to as the ‘time for me to move on from fighting.’
“Moving forward to my next journey, I am officially retiring from professional fighting,” said Julaton in a statement. “Thank you everyone. I’m truly humbled and deeply honored for you all allowing me into your lives and hearts. I’m forever grateful.”
Julaton retired with a 14-2-1 boxing record and 2-4-1 as a Mixed Martial Arts practitioner, after short stints with ONE FC and later on, with Bellator the past two years.
While she may not have a successful MMA career, Julaton, who was born and raised in San Francisco, California, really made a name for herself in the boxing ring, where she became the first women’s super-bantamweight titleholder of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) following a 10-round decision win over Donna Biggers in San Jose, California.
Julaton was being handled by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach when she won the WBO championship in 2009 and had fellow Filipino Manny Pacquiao for a stable mate at the famed Wild Card gym in Hollywood.
She later lost her title against Lisa Brown in 2010, but promptly regained it by beating Marian Elena Villalobos. Julaton successfully defended the crown twice before yielding it against Yessica Patricia Marcos in Argentina in 2012.
Julaton first came to the country in 2011 during her reign as WBO champion.
‘The Hurricane’ last fought in the ring March of last year in a win over Maria Nunez of Paraguay and held in Campeche, Mexico.
While she never fought in the country as a boxer, Julaton saw action in the Philippines thrice as undercard of a ONE FC Promotion including a loss against Irina Mazepa prior to her transfer with Bellator.