FORMER World Boxing Organization (WBO) female super bantamweight champion Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton may possibly jump from boxing to mixed martial arts (MMA) soon.
Julaton’s trainer and manager Angelo Reyes confirmed that the hard-hitting Filipina pug is doing a lot of MMA training in the United States although he did not clarify if she would officially join One Fighting Championship.
“I cannot comment as of now,” Reyes told The Manila Times on Saturday via online interview. “It is true that Ana and Victor Cui have been talking for two years. Ana is one of the few athletes who has the ability to become a two-sport sensation.”
One FC President Victor Cui said in a recent interview that the 33-year-old Julaton (13-4-1 win-loss-draw record with two knockouts) of Daly City, California is thinking about having a career in MMA for a long time.
“Keep in my mind Julaton has been doing martial arts since she was a child,” said Reyes.
“She converted to boxing later in life and became the fastest female to ever win a world title and became the first ever Filipina to become the world champion in boxing.
Reyes also said Julaton’s boxing career is not over yet despite her looming entry into MMA. “She plans on winning more championships. All I can confirm to you is that Ana is speaking with Victor Cui for a long time and she is a big fan of One FC.”
“If you are familiar with Bo Jackson, he was notable for being able to play in both the National Football League and the Major League Baseball at the same time at a high level.
Currently we have Cristian “Cyborg” Santos who is competing in both muay thai and MMA at the same time. These type of Athletes are very rare and Ana Julaton fits in as she is one of the most talented Athletes in sports,” added Reyes.
In November 2013, Julaton scored a majority decision win over Perla Hernandez of Mexico.
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