Boxing notes: Julaton drops decision to Salazar

Boxing notes: Julaton drops decision to Salazar
August 18, 2013, 12:00 pm
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After a loss in Cancun Saturday, Ana Julaton is now 12-4-1 with two KOs this year.

Ana Julaton suffered a setback Saturday night, dropping a 10-round unanimous decision to Celina Salazar in Cancun, Mex., at the Plaza de Toros.

All three judges scored the bout 99-91 for Salazar, whose effective pressure and head movement blunted Julaton’s signature stiff left jab en route to the upset.

Julaton (12-4-1, 2 KOs), from Daly City, entered the bout amid speculation that a victory would propel her into a spot on the Sept. 14 Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez undercard—possibly in a title fight against IBF junior featherweight titleholder Yasmin Rivas.

However, Salazar (5-1-2, 1 KO) might have derailed those plans, as she swarmed Julaton and brought the fight to the inside.  The 24-year-old San Antonio resident appeared to display the fresher legs as the clash progressed, and though Julaton landed a few left hooks of note, the output would not be sufficient enough to turn the tide.

“I felt strong,” Salazar told The Sweet Science’s David Avila. “I was a little worried because I had never fought 10 rounds before.”

As for Julaton, the 33-year-old must now regroup after incurring her second defeat in four fights.

HIRSCH TESTS JACKSON IN COMPETITIVE LOSS

Oakland’s Tony Hirsch traveled to John Jackson’s Virgin Islands home turf and unexpectedly gave the rising junior middleweight all he could handle before falling short by unanimous decision at the Mark C. Marin Center on Saturday night.

Jackson (17-1, 14 KOs), who has shown flashes of the same power his Hall of Fame father Julian Jackson once possessed, found Hirsch (14-6-2, 6 KOs) to be a tougher nut to crack than expected.  Hirsch, who has often been forced into taking bouts on short notice or at uncomfortable weight limits, finally enjoyed a full training camp and a matchup at his ideal weight of 154 pounds.

Though he would lose the encounter in St. Thomas by scores of 77-75, 78-74, and 79-73, the East Bay fighter went the full eight rounds with Jackson, standing toe-to-toe and proving he could pose a viable threat for any up-and-coming prospect.

WARD STILL SHOPPING FOR RETURN FOE, DATE

Andre Ward was scheduled to make his return to the ring next month, but a recent decision this week by Home Box Office might push the super middleweight world champion’s comeback to November.

HBO, which televised the Oakland native’s last title defense a year ago against Chad Dawson, announced a split-site broadcast on Sept. 28 featuring Adonis Stevenson vs. Tavoris Cloud in Montreal, and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Brian Vera in Carson.  

With HBO’s docket also virtually full for October, it’s highly probable that Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) might have to wait until November if he wants to fight on the network in 2013.

Ward, featured in CSN Bay Area’s latest edition of SportsNet Reports, has endured a trying year to date.  After recovering from surgery on his right shoulder, he became embroiled in an arbitration dispute with longtime promoter Dan Goossen where the California commission ruled in Goossen’s favor to uphold their promotional contract.

As for possible opponents, a source within HBO confirmed that Team Ward’s preference to face former beltholder Dimitri Sartison (30-2, 18 KOs) of Germany was rejected mainly because of his lack of name recognition in the United States.  One name being floated around is South African Thomas Oosthuizen (21-0-2, 13 KOs), who fought Sacramento’s Brandon Gonzales to a controversial draw in July.  

MAYFIELD TUNEUP PUSHED BACK THREE WEEKS

San Francisco’s Karim Mayfield was originally scheduled to meet Mexican veteran Pavel Miranda at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sept. 7, but now the junior welterweight matchup will occur Sept. 28 at Carson’s StubHub Center on the aforementioned Chavez-Vera undercard.

Mayfield (17-0-1, 10 KOs) will be making his debut with new promoter Top Rank and has been holding camp in Las Vegas at the Top Rank Gym with longtime cornerman Ben Bautista, who has worked with “The Hard Hitta” since his amateur days.

“Usually he’d be in Hayward working with Ben and Virgil [Hunter],” said Mayfield’s adviser, Marlon Sullivan.  “But there’s no sparring there right now.  Guys like Amir Khan and Mike Dallas are not available, and we realize this is a showcase fight where Karim has to look good, so that’s why he’s in Vegas.”

Per Sullivan, Hunter will still be in the corner come fight night against Miranda (19-10-1, 9 KOs).  A victory could set up a WBA title shot against Russian Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-0, 9 KOs) in November.

DONAIRE TARGETING NOVEMBER COMEBACK

San Leandro’s Nonito Donaire, absent from the ring since April when he lost his twin junior featherweight world title belts to Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux, is now slated to return on Nov. 9 as part of an HBO-televised doubleheader in either San Antonio or Dallas.  Rising featherweight titleholder Mikey Garcia would appear in the other bout.

Cameron Dunkin, Donaire’s manager, revealed the news in Beverly Hills last week during the presser announcing Manny Pacquiao’s Nov. 23 clash in Macau against Brandon Rios.  A rematch with Vic Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KOs) has long been rumored for Donaire (31-2, 20 KOs), but Dunkin dismissed such conjecture for now.

“Nonito’s coming back, but the fight will be at [the full-fledged featherweight limit of] 126 pounds,” Dunkin said.  “Darchinyan is one of three names, but he wants to fight at 122 to 124 pounds, not 126.”

In 2007, Donaire brutally stopped Darchinyan for the IBF flyweight title in a finish that was universally recognized as pro boxing’s Knockout of the Year.

GUERRERO IN THE MIX FOR THURMAN TITLE SHOT

Gilroy’s Robert Guerrero has been itching to bounce back from his points loss in May to Floyd Mayweather, and he might get his chance against WBA interim titleholder Keith Thurman to close the year.

Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, who promotes both the southpaw Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KOs) and the power-punching Thurman (21-0, 19 KOs), told BoxingScene.com that he would love to put them together on a Nov. 2 Showtime broadcast.

“One fight I would love to see, as a fan—one of those Fight of The Year candidates, one of those fights that are must-see TV…and that's Keith Thurman against Robert Guerrero,” Schaefer said. “It would be an absolute barnburner of a fight. I don't know if I'm going to be able to pull it off, but that's the kind of fight I want to put on November 2nd as part of a doubleheader or a potential tripleheader.”

SANCHEZ LANDS COLLAZO FIGHT IN SEPTEMBER

Fairfield’s Alan Sanchez will finally make his 2013 debut on Sept. 2 when he faces former WBA 147-pound titlist Luis Collazo in San Antonio.

Sanchez (12-2-1, 6 KOs) burst on the national scene last year when he shockingly stopped Artemio Reyes in one round on ESPN2.  However, inactivity has stunted his momentum, and several fights have fallen through at the negotiating table, forcing Sanchez to keep his eight-bout unbeaten streak on the shelf for the past eight months.

Now the 22-year-old welterweight will travel to the Cowboys Dance Hall for his first substantial test in Collazo (33-5, 17 KOs), a tricky southpaw who has gone the full 12 rounds with the likes of Shane Mosley, Ricky Hatton, and Andre Berto.

NEXT WEEK: The latest Northern California Pound-for-Pound Top 10 rankings.