Ana Julaton Honored in New York City
Ana Julaton (14-4-1 boxing/ 6-2 MMA) was honored this week at the 5th Annual Shadow League Awards which honors the achievements of men and women of color who are trailblazers in the world of sports according to a press release. Julaton retired from competition last March after facing Heather Hardy at Bellator 194 where the two women fought a hard three rounds that Julaton lost by decision.
Julaton was the first to win the Women's WBO Super Bantamweight and IBA Super Bantamweight titles and began her run in MMA at ONE Championships where she went 2-2. Julaton jumped into high level MMA competition from boxing as a opposed to coming into the sport through the regional circuits. Her first fight was in the Philippines where she defeated Aya-Saeid Saber via elbows in the final round.
In her final fight, she fought Hardy who seemed to get a lot of attention for following in Julaton’s footsteps at the time. The fight was one where both women coming from the boxing world decided to go all in on the other aspects of hand-to-hand combat and while Julaton gave it her all, the victory went to Hardy.
A rematch was supposed to happen in boxing but after a combat sports career that began in the amateurs in 2004, Julaton decided it was time to hang up the gloves for professional fighting. In an Instagram post she said, “As a competitor inside the ring and cage, I'm confident in leaving combat sports fully knowing there are so many wonderful, passionate and hardworking women continuing to carry the torch as a guiding light for the bright future of our arena.”
Julaton told Bronxnet that accepting the award was “an honor”, and that seeing how things have transpired made her proud to see how the current generation of women and people of color are stronger than ever.
Feature Image by Lambert Parong Asian Herald 2018