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.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as Giants get swept by Mets at home

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as Giants get swept by Mets at home


SAN FRANCISCO — The Mets spent the first half of this week in Los Angeles, where they got swept by the Dodgers and outscored 36-11. Their beat writers publicly wrote an end to any thoughts of the postseason. The fan base renewed the calls for manager Terry Collins to be fired. 

That’s where they were. And then they flew to San Francisco. 

AT&T Park continues to be a place where others get healthy, and this weekend it was the Mets. The Giants lost 8-2 on Sunday, getting swept by a similarly disappointing team. They have lost 12 of their last 13 games. 

There’s not much more to be said about it, but I did anyway. Here are five things to know from the day a relief pitcher got an at-bat but it would have been far too cruel to text your friends … 

—- Matt Moore’s line: 4 1/3 innings, seven hits, five earned runs, three walks, five strikeouts. Through 16 starts, he has a 6.04 ERA and 1.61 WHIP. He ranks last among qualified NL starters in ERA. Only Matt Cain (1.73) has a worse WHIP. Good times. 

—- Mets righty Rafael Montero entered with an 0-4 record and 6.49 ERA. He gave up one run in 5 2/3 innings. Good times. 

—- With runners on the corners and two outs in the third inning, Brandon Belt strolled to the plate. He leads the team in homers. Hunter Pence tried to steal second for some reason and he was caught, ending the inning and keeping Belt from batting in a two-run game. Good times. 

—- With two on and no outs in the sixth, the Giants sent the runners to make sure Buster Posey didn’t hit into a double play. Posey popped up softly to first and Joe Panik was doubled off of second. Good times. 

—- One last bit of bad news: Austin Slater was removed from the game with a tight right hip flexor. 

Harvick snaps 20-race winless streak with victory at Sonoma Raceway


Harvick snaps 20-race winless streak with victory at Sonoma Raceway

SONONA — Kevin Harvick returned to victory lane for the first time this season with a dominating run Sunday on the road course at Sonoma Raceway.

The former NASCAR champion came to Sonoma winless in 20 races since Kansas last fall and has been overshadowed in this season of NASCAR's young new superstars. But at a track where experience and ability can separate the field, it was Harvick and a bunch of veterans who led the way.

It was the first win on the winding wine country road course in 17 tries for the Bakersfield, California, driver. Sonoma was one of just four active tracks where Harvick had never before scored a Cup victory.

Harvick was on cruise control and conserving fuel in this win, which ended under caution after Kasey Kahne had a hard accident on the final lap.

Either way, Harvick had a cozy 9-second lead over Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint Bowyer before the caution.

Bowyer, now the driver for the entry Tony Stewart used for his final NASCAR victory last year at the track, was second and Brad Keselowski third as Ford cars went 1-2-3.