AFTER proving to her fans that she’s equally adept in mixed martial arts (MMA), former world boxing champion Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton announced that she would return to boxing in March.
“I was offered to fight under the Zou Shiming card in March in Macau and my opponent might be an Asian,” Julaton told The Manila Times in an interview. “I’m really excited to return to boxing but I’m still going to pursue my MMA training.”
Julaton, 34, who holds 13-4-1 win-loss-draw slate with two knockouts in boxing, won via unanimous decision against Egyptian Walaa Abbas on Friday in her third bout as an MMA fighter in One Fighting Championship at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. She has now a 2-1 record in MMA.
In her last boxing match in November 2013 in Yucatan, Mexico, the former World Boxing Organization women’s super bantamweight champion defeated Mexican Perla Hernandez via unanimous decision.
“Top Rank has already informed me about my scheduled fight and I’m really excited to get back to training. Well it’s not hard for me to return to my boxing regime since my body condition is fine. My training in mixed martial arts also improved my stamina.”
“My goal is to get world titles again in boxing,” she added. “But I won’t leave MMA. I like both sports.”