By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Stephanie Trapp/StephanieTrapp.com
Coming off of a pair of mediocre performances in 2010, WBO super bantamweight titlist Ana Julaton, (8-2-1, 1 KO), turned the page toward a successful 2011, earning a ten-round unanimous decision over WBO number one contender Franchesca Alcanter, (18-10-1, 9 KOs), Friday night at the Craneway Pavilion in the picturesque San Francisco suburb of Point Richmond, California. Scores were 96-94, 97-93, and 98-92, in favor of the popular Filipina-American fighter, on a card that was televised back to her home country of the Philippines.
On a chilly evening where snow was forecast to fall in San Francisco for the first time in nearly a quarter century, Julaton started on fire, strafing her older, slower opponent with stiff jabs and straight right hands while easily avoiding Alcanter’s sluggish return volleys. Alcanter spent the bulk of the contest trying to fight while backing up, and did so ineffectively, jabbing mostly at air and mitigating the power from her heavier hands on the few occasions where she did manage to land on Julaton.
In rounds three and four, Julaton began to add a third left hand to her stinging left jab-straight right hand combinations, further discouraging Alcanter from standing her ground and trying to impose her strength and punching power on Julaton. On the rare occasions Alcanter lurched forward to attack, Julaton was usually gone before Alcanter’s punches followed through.
Finally, in round six, a combination of Julaton beginning to slow down and Alcanter finally stepping into some of her punches resulted in the first round that could reasonably be scored for the challenger. Alcanter landed a solid straight left to Julaton’s face, followed a minute later by a counter left hook that shook Julaton. Julaton was still outlanding Alcanter, but the more effective punches came from the challenger this round. Alcanter’s momentum continued through round seven, punctuated by a stiff jab seconds before the bell that snapped Julaton’s head back and drew a rise from the crowd.
Julaton regained control in rounds eight and nine however, refocusing her energy into her jab and repeatedly pumping it into Alcanter’s face as she managed to stay out of Alcanter’s punching range. Alcanter continued to stand her ground and fire back with her own jab, but was outlanded significantly by Julaton in these rounds. Alcanter came out aggressively in the final round, the only round where she moved forward and tried to take the fight to Julaton. She appeared to get the best of Julaton with this strategy, but it was too little too late as Julaton had already built a comfortable lead on the scorecards, even without the services of trainer Freddie Roach, (who works with Julaton but was not in her corner despite pre-fight reports that he would be attending).
Escalante KOs Sandoval
The only other boxing match scheduled in an evening of live music, kickboxing, and local celebrity interviews was a four-round featherweight contest between amateur standout Bruno Escalante, (2-0-1, 1 KO), and late replacement Martin Sandoval, who was making his pro debut. The action lasted all of four minutes though, as Escalante dropped Sandoval with a straight left hand seconds before the end of round one, then finished his opponent off with a shorter, harder straight left that put Sandoval down for the count at 1:05 of the second round.
The event was promoted by CP Presents in association with Orion Sports Management and 37 Management.