By Bob Hough and David Robinett at ringside
Ana Julaton (6-1-1, 1 KO) used her speed and what she called a substantially improved jab to dominate Donna Biggers (19-9-1, 16 KOs) on Friday in San Jose, Calif. Julaton, who added the WBO super-bantamweight title to her IBA belt, won by scores of 100-90, 99-91 and 99-91. Eloy “The Prince” Perez continued his impressive rise, picking up the vacant WBO NABO super-featherweight title with a fifth-round stoppage of overmatched Juan Santiago.
“Hurricane” Julaton Hammers Biggers!
Ana Julaton (6-1-1, 1 KO) used her speed and what she called a substantially improved jab to dominate Donna Biggers (19-9-1, 16 KOs) on Friday in San Jose, Calif. Julaton, who added the WBO super-bantamweight title to her IBA belt, won by scores of 100-90, 99-91 and 99-91.
Biggers, who ended the night with cuts over both eyes, which Julaton said came from accidental head butts, consistently pressed forward, but she struggled to get past Julaton’s jab and hand speed. Julaton moved effectively and found spots to work off the jab.
“I’m working on improving everything, but we spent a lot of time improving my jab and I feel like I threw it better tonight,” Julaton said after the fight which attracted 3,943 to the HP Pavilion. “We also worked on choosing the right times to plant my feet and throw punches and I think I did better with that, too.”
Julaton started with a rapid pace in the early rounds, but the 29-year-old fan favorite said she eased up a little to ensure she could fight strong to the end.
“We knew she’s tough and durable so I wanted to make sure I could finish strong,” she said. “I felt a little tired toward the end of the fight, but I had a lot left and I picked up the pace in the last couple rounds.” –Bob Hough
California’s “Prince” Continues His Ascent!
Eloy “The Prince” Perez continued his impressive rise, picking up the vacant WBO NABO super-featherweight title with a fifth-round stoppage of overmatched Juan Santiago.
Perez, (15-0-2, 4 KOs), who hails from nearby Salinas, Calif., did not have to extend himself in what amounted to a glorified sparring session against Santiago, (11-3-1, 7 KOs). After a cautious first round in which both fighters circled the ring and probed each other with jabs, Perez began to open up in round two, unloading lead left hands on the slower Santiago.
Perez landed nearly at will, though he looked particularly impressive when using his left uppercut to snap Santiago’s head back. Perez also employed some deft footwork and avoided Santiago’s slower counters by ducking under and then firing back with his left hand. Santiago offered token resistance with a few straight right hands, and was game throughout, but only Perez’s lack of power kept this fight from ending sooner.
At the end of round five the ringside physician visited Santiago in his corner and advised the referee to stop the contest after Santiago said he was having vision problems.
Perez moves on, clearly a cut above this level of competition, but the “Prince” may find it difficult to compete against the elite of the division unless he can improve his power. – David Robinett
In Other Action
Junior-flyweights Melissa McMorrow (3-1-2) and Gloria Salas (1-3-1, 1 KO) fought to a majority draw, with scores of 38-38, 38-38 and 40-36. McMorrow appeared to land more frequently and more effectively against the aggressive Salas in a fast-paced bout.
Local cruiserweight Tony Johnson won a unanimous decision over Ron Simmons by scores of, 39-37, 39-37, 40-36. Johnson, (4-0, 1 KO), started strong, clipping Simmons (3-4, 2 KOs) in the opening minute with a left hook to the temple that caused Simmons to stumble backwards. The remaining three rounds were more evenly contested, with Johnson landing left hooks to Simmons’ head and body while the smaller Simmons countered with straight rights and brief flurries.
Super-bantamweight Jonathan Alcantara (2-1-1) defeated Aaron Alfala (3-2, 1 KO) by split decision. Alcantara applied pressure throughout the fight got the edge by scores of 39-37, 39-37 and 37-39.