PASAY CITY – Filipina-American champion boxer and now Mixed Martial Artist Ana Julaton of San Fracisco, California is eager to meet Irina Mazepa in the ONE: Spirit of Champions Dec. 11 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Julaton expressed her eagerness to finally meet Mazepa in a bout that was supposed to happen last year. The bout did not push through because of injury.
“She wasn’t able to pull it off because of an injury and I had to fight in Dubai. That was when Ann Osman stepped in for me. So I mean, it was a fight that was ready to be made and I’m glad it was happening in Manila. I am looking forward to this fight, I’m pumped,” said Julaton.
Mazepa was impressive with a first round KO of Osman as she displayed her striking power.
“Mazepa is a powerful striker for sure. To see what she did to Osman in Malaysia in front of a sold-out hometown crowd was spectacular and proved Mazepa can fight and has no pressure as the visitor. But even when she won the fight, my heart didn’t skip a beat. I mean I was looking for it anyhow, she has really good game,” said Julaton.
The Fil-Am boxer noted that Mazepa was strong and experienced in the stand-up game. Julaton did see Mazepa’s weaknesses which she plans to capitalize on.
She also plans to improve her ground game to add to her stand-up.
“I’ve stayed busy at at Bishop Gorman, training four times a week to integrate grappling techniques to my overall game. I worked hard with my coach, Ricky Lundell, who has helped me improve my ground game. I’m got to credit a lot to my team, and my coach is super organized. He knows which buttons to push to make me want to work,” said Julaton.
Ricky Lundell, who coaches Julaton, also expressed confidence in the ability of his fighter to win the upcoming match.
“I don’t think her opponent know what’s coming because what they saw a year ago is not what they’re gonna see now. I mean, the quickness to the shots, the ability to take somebody down, the control aspect as well as being able to land submissions and ground-and-pound,” said Lundell.
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