Our unofficial series on female boxers and other martial artists who inspire girls and women to get going continues right here, right now.
I always enjoying getting my hair cut by my favorite Filipino-American barber who never fails to let me know what’s going on with Manny “The Pacman” Pacquiao.
But this time I wanted to know if he could share anything else exciting Filipino, besides “The Pacman”.
I didn’t have to wait very long for his input, while he was skillfully trimming my sideburns.
Yeah, there’s this young lady who happens to be a very attractive Filipina boxer and who can fight like a female version of Manny “The Pacman” Pacquiao and she is the reigning Super Bantamweight world champion.
Her full name is Luciana Bonifacio Julaton. She was born on July 5, 1980 in San Francisco, California. She is the daughter of Filipino immigrants Cesario Julaton II and Ahmelia Bonifacio.
For Danny, my barber, that’s Filipino!
For everybody else, that’s Filipino-American.
When she was little, her father made her train in martial arts whereas she admits that she had no interest in boxing at the time.
Only years later as a karate black belt teaching at WestWinds Martial Arts and Boxing School in the S.F. Bay area she got involved in boxing and trained by Angelo Reyes.
At age 24, Ana made her amateur boxing debut and only 3 years later in 2007, she was ranked #2 among all female amateur boxers in the United States.
At this point of turning pro, she approached veteran trainer Freddie Roach and eventually became part of Roach’s large stable of boxers, alongside Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao and former world champion Gerry Penalosa.
After her first professional fight in October 2007 which she won and which was followed by several other successful fights, Ana fought against Kelsey “The Road Warrior” Jeffries in September 2009 for the vacant International Boxing Association (IBA) super bantamweight title in women’s boxing and won again.
She then went on to defeat Donna Biggers and became the first female World Boxing Organization (WBO) Super Bantamweight champion on 4 December 2009.
After defending her title against Mexican Jessica Villafranca earlier this month in Mexico, Ana Julaton’s record is now 10 wins (1 KO), 2 losses and one draw.
Considered one of the quickest boxers around, Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton is a great ambassador of female boxing in my book.