Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton (5-1-1, 1 KO), who’s done her part to keep the San Francisco Bay Area boxing title wave alive, defends her IBA junior featherweight title against Donna “Nature Girl” Biggers (19-8-1, 16 KOs) on Friday in San Jose, Calif., in the co-main event of Fight Night at the Tank. Julaton, who recently joined area residents Andre Ward, Robert Guerrero, Nonito Donaire Jr., and Carina Moreno as world champions, will fight for the vacant WBO junior featherweight title in the first defense of the IBA belt she won in September in a unanimous decision over Kelsey Jeffries.
The Filipino-American, who combines an engaging smile with a thoughtful, understated confidence, is a rising star both in the area and in the Philippines; October 29th was Ana Julaton Day in San Francisco, she has been recognized by the Gloria Arroyo, President of the Philippines and her fights are televised there.
In the co-main event, Eloy Perez (14-0-2, 3 KO’s), a popular local fighter from nearby Salinas, faces Denver’s Juan Santiago (11-2-1, 7 KOs) for the NABO junior lightweight title.
The card, which gets underway at 7:30 p.m, also includes three four-round bouts including San Jose’s Melissa McMorrow (3-1-1) facing Gloria Salas (1-3, 1 KO) of Riverside, Ca., in a 105-pound match-up, and San Jose’s Tony Johnson (3-0, 1 KO takes on an opponent to be named, in fight at 192 pounds.
The event, at the HP Pavilion, includes an opportunity to meet and chat with renowned boxing analyst Al Bernstein.
Tickets, priced at $25, $45, $75 and $95, are available at the HP Pavilion ticket office or via charge by phone at (800) 745-3000. Group tickets and discounts are available by calling (408) 977-4723 or (408) 999-5841.