Daly Citys Ana Julaton fights Friday in Richmond

Daly Citys Ana Julaton fights Friday in Richmond

Feb. 24, 2011
Ryan MaquianaCSNBayArea.com

Last Tuesday on Chronicle Live, WBO super bantamweight champion Ana Julaton of Daly City appeared with Greg Papa to promote her title defense against Franchesca The Chosen One Alcanter this Friday at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond.Soon after the taping, subsequent coverage of her public workout in Berkeley aired on NBC 11, with her presence on local mainstream media perhaps a sign of her budding star power.The show of support from the fans and the media has been absolutely incredible, said Julaton. I cant wait to give everybody a great show this Friday.With her trademark smile and charismatic personality complementing her achievements in the ring, The Hurricane has endeared herself to fans worldwide, especially in the Philippines, where she received a ticker-tape parade in Manila after her latest victory last June over Maria Elena Villalobos. The support from the Philippines, abroad, and over here in the Bay Area has been amazing, said the 30-year-old Julaton. Im just really thankful to have everyone supporting me and believing in my dreams, so I want to dedicate this fight to them.Whenever she comes to my arena, I need to make sure shes protected, added Oracle Arena Security Manager Skeet Ellis,who shielded the champ at the Warriors Filipino Heritage Night in November. About five years ago, no one really knew Ana but now, I have to put two or three extra guys around her. A composite total of almost six million viewers watched Julatons last two fights, and with more international TV distributors involved this time around, an even bigger number is expected for her scrap against Alcanter. Were projecting 11 million viewers around the world, said 37 Entertainments Brandon Cruz, who will help promote the event along with Orion Sports Management, CP Presents, and 454 Life Entertainment. Not bad for a womens boxing event, huh?Billed as a Sports & Music Expo, there will be a little something for everyone at the Craneway. In addition to bantamweight Bruno Escalante fighting Daniel Modad, the show will feature three kickboxing bouts, along with musical performances from American Idol semi-finalist Sway Peala and Alameda rapper Nump Trump, who wrote the theme song for Nonito Donaires ringwalk on HBO last Saturday. Nevertheless, make no mistake about the identity of the headliner.You have a good person with talent and Ana uses her talent as a way to bring people together and thats similar to what Manny Pacquiao does, said Christian Printup of CP Presents. Some people might like her for her attitude or because shes attractive but also, its very empowering for female athletes who need a stage to perform. It doesnt hurt that she can really fight, too.Such global acclaim was hardly imaginable when Julaton, a late bloomer who went to El Camino High in South San Francisco, started her boxing career in 2004 after several years practicing martial arts disciplines such as Bok-Fu.This is where I first started in the amateurs, said Julaton. Now that Im making my first title defense in the Bay Area, its going to be great to see familiar faces.Only ten professional bouts and a world title belt later, Julaton finds herself under the tutelage of bespectacled Hollywood trainer Freddie Roach, renowned for his work with 27 other world champions, including Pacquiao. Freddie loves Ana because shes a hard worker, she listens, and she learns things quickly, said Angelo Reyes, Julatons adviser. Hell be coming up from Hollywood to be in Anas corner for this fight.For her training camp leading up to this fight, Roach wasted no time in sharpening iron with iron by employing some tough sparring partners for Julaton. In addition to current GBU womens super featherweight champion Rhonda Luna, WBC mens light flyweight titlist Rodel Mayol gave Ana all she could handle in the ring.Its been great sparring with world champions, especially Rodel, who makes things look so effortlessly, said Julaton. The sparrings been tough, and hes definitely helped me become a better fighter.Alcanter presents a challenge in terms of size having fought predominantly in the junior lightweight division, a staggering eight pounds above Fridays limit. However, Roachs blueprint of preparation comes with the intimate knowledge of having worked the Kansas City natives corner in the past.We have to take away Alcanters favorite punch in the right hand, said Roach. Weve been working on movement and staying away from her power, but Ana will be ready. Her conditionings been better than ever and Rodels really been pushing her.Combined with the recent momentum in Philippine boxing ignited by Pacquiaos upcoming fight along with knockout wins from Donaire and Mercito Gesta, the pressure to perform in front of ones family and friends can be overwhelming for a hometown heroine. While Ana is cognizant of the situation, she refuses to make excuses for giving nothing less than her best effort in the ring.RELATED: War at the Wharf: Perez, Gesta stay undefeated
Im definitely proud to be part of the Bay Area, she said. A lot of my success has been being able to share my everyday life with everyone out here. This fight is something Ill cherish when its done, but right now I want to go out there and represent the Bay the best I can.

Stojakovic won't be surprised if Curry, Klay finish 'one and two' in career 3s

Stojakovic won't be surprised if Curry, Klay finish 'one and two' in career 3s

SACRAMENTO -- The NBA game is changing. League records are in jeopardy all over the place, but it’s hard to imagine a bigger statistical shift than that of the 3-point shot. Instituted to start the 1979-80 season, the 3-pointer isn’t just a gimmick, as first thought. It’s the lifeblood of a league that is growing at an incredible pace.

The ability to make the long distance shot used to be a rarity, now it is a prerequisite to enter the league. Even centers like DeMarcus Cousins and Marc Gasol are letting it fly as the game shifts to the perimeter.

The leaderboard is being rewritten and it’s will likely continue to change as more and more players are lining up from behind the arc.

Sacramento Kings executive Peja Stojakovic knows this fact all too well. Out of the league just six years, the Serbian-born sharpshooter has seen his place in the standings diminished almost every season.

“Every decade, every 10-15 years, there is some new, great player that comes in that take the game to a different place we haven’t seen before,” Stojakovic told CSN California earlier this week. “That’s what’s so special about this game.”

When he retired following the 2010-11 season, Stojakovic ranked fourth all-time in made 3-point shots with 1760, trailing only Ray Allen, Reggie Miller and Jason Kidd.

Since leaving the game, Jason Terry, Paul Pierce, Vince Carter, Jamal Crawford, Kyle Korver, Joe Johnson, Chauncey Billups, Kobe Bryant and Rashard Lewis have all passed him, leaving Stojakovic in 13th place on the list, but only for another game or two.

Golden State Warriors star point guard Stephen Curry is hot on Stojakovic’ tail, trailing the 3-time All-Star by just 11 makes coming into Wednesday night’s matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Be it Wednesday or sometime late in the week, Curry will almost assuredly surpass the former Kings star.

“Records are meant to be broken,” Stojakovic said. “Steph is definitely a guy, that if he continues to shoot - him and Klay (Thompson), if they continue to stay on the same pace, they can climb all the way to one and two.”

Curry, 28, has led the league four straight seasons in makes, setting new standards multiple times. His 402 triples last season is an NBA record and he holds three of the top four spots all-time for 3-balls in a single season.

Thompson is right behind Curry in most seasons. His 276 makes during 2015-16 is the third most in a single season and he is on pace to hit over 250 shots from deep this year. Through five-plus seasons in the league, Thompson has hit 1182 3-pointers and at age 26, he has plenty more left in him.  

“Our league in general has shifted,” Stojakovic said. “It’s more of a guard’s league and the pace is different. A lot of teams are shooting a lot of threes and Golden State - it suits them pretty well with the personnel they have.”

Both Curry and Thompson are a long way from tracking down Allen’s top spot of 2973, although Curry can get there quickly if he continues to drop in 400-plus bombs a season.

Injuries could play a role in where each of these players end up career-wise, but they are well on their way to shattering the record books.

“They are young enough and the way the league is going, I think if they stay healthy, they can really climb up there all the way to the top,” Stojakovic said.

Still on outside, Bonds, Clemens have become invaluable to Hall

Still on outside, Bonds, Clemens have become invaluable to Hall

The Baseball Hall of Fame becomes yesterday’s news Friday, as it always does. Three months of buildup, one day to announce the names, one day to castigate the voters for their willfully negligent slights, and then nine months of hibernation.

So much for the concept of “joining the immortals.”

But at least Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez never have to go through this annual pageant of nonsense again.

Barry Bonds does, though, and so does Roger Clemens, and to a lesser extent, so does Curt Schilling. They are the new litmus strips for the Hall, and they will more than replace Raines (voter ignorance division) and Bagwell (presumption of guilt with evidence division) for self-involved debate.

And in that adjusted role from doomed outsiders to serious candidates, Bonds and Clemens – and to a lesser extent again, Schilling – have become invaluable to the Hall, and their eventual election and induction will reduce the Hall’s ability to inflame passions outside the seamhead community.

On a day when Bagwell and Raines finally cleared the 75 percent threshold and Bonds and Clemens moved from 45 percent to 53.8 and 54.1 percent, respectively, the Hall of Fame Debating And Chowder Society saw the end times for its power as a multi-month debate-churner.

The blatherers are dead, long live the blatherers.

An entire mini-industry of Hall watchers has been spawned, in part by the now-feted Ryan Thibodaux and his exit polling but also by the debates about what the Hall should be and who should get to decide it. It has made days like Wednesday event viewing when it hadn’t been for years. For that, the Hall owes Bonds and Clemens a debt that the powers inside Major League Baseball wishes it didn’t have to pay. But the day they are inducted is the day that PEDs die as a debating point. The answer will have been provided, and there will be no more need for discussion.

Worse yet, the BBWAA’S new voter transparency rules may unfortunately impact our pal Thibodaux, whose seminal work in this understudied area of social science undermined ballot secrecy. In short, if everyone has to fess up, the desperate need to know early returns may dry up.

Oh, there will always be the day of post mortem-ization, as those who didn’t clear the threshold are subject to a few rounds of the popular parlor game, “Who Got Snubbed, And The Tedious And Half-Informed Reasons Why.”

For instance, the big debating point from today’s results will not be about Raines and Guerrero getting in, but what happened to the Bonds and Clemens votes. People have already postulated that a lot of the jump in their respective votes can be directly linked to Bud Selig’s election from the Veterans Committee. Voters who had previously ridden the Hall-as-temple argument suddenly lost their raison d’etre and realized that the PED problem was an industry matter rather than a greedy players’ matter.

In short, they saw Selig getting in as tacit approval that the PED issue was no longer a moral one in baseball but a cynical one, a way to blame labor for management’s culpability. That is an irony whose existence Selig will almost surely deny, but it’s there anyway, and it represents one more non-glacial change in a system that has been nearly immovable for most of its existence.

The next change, of course, may be removing the vote from the BBWAA and turning it over to a more malleable panel of “experts” who may not skew as young and values-neutral as the BBWAA of the future seems to be heading. That course may be hastened if/when Bonds and Clemens are elected, because halls of fame in their more traditional role have been more about rewarding friends and punishing enemies, and a large and shifting electorate makes that harder to accomplish.

The argument against such a course, though, is that the current system of three months of fevered public debate about the same old stuff works for the Hall’s sense of its importance. I mean, MLB Network and its fetish for shrill argument only has so much reach.

By Friday, though, all of this will revert to its typically inert state. Bonds, Clemens (ATALE Schilling), PEDs, morality, practicality, secrecy, old voter/young voter – all of it will fade back into insignificance.

And in a year or two or maybe three, Bonds and Clemens will wipe it all out by being included in the one club that we once knew would never tolerate their presence, and the Hall Of Fame’s Golden Age Of Shrieking Argument will end.

In a weird and largely unpleasant way, it will be missed.