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A lady who knows how to fight to win
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Ana Julaton, who is the IBA and WBO title holder in the super bantam weight division, spent time at Golden West School on Friday afternoon, meeting with the fourth-grade class of substitute teacher Amy Zachreus. The visit by the female boxing champion was made possible by student Tatiana Perez. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT
Ana Julaton is doing her best to change the image of professional female boxing.

The Daly City product has taken on some tough bouts in her short career – her 6-2-1 record in the super bantam weight includes a pair of World Boxing Organization title belts and an International Boxing Association champion belt – and is now hoping to take the distaff fight game to the next level.

“I want to change the perception of female boxing,” she said Friday to a group of fourth-grade students at Golden West School.

Julaton, in particular, hopes to see more equality.

“There’s sexism,” she said. “Because of that we don’t get treated with respect.”

A sign of the positive changes ahead could be right around the corner. The International Olympic Committee recently announced that women’s boxing will be added to the schedule for the 2012 Summer Games in London.

Julaton, who trained in Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in the presence of another champion, Manny Pacquiao, came to Manteca as the guest of Tatiana Perez. Her father, Alfredo Perez, is the photographer for Team Julaton. Also included were D.J. Gungon and Angelo Reyes.

They brought along the three pro boxing title belts belonging to Julaton, who is also known as “The Hurricane.”

Her pink WBO belt is the only one of its kind in the U.S.

Julaton’s other WBO belt is identical to the ones belonging to Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad, and Pacquiao, according to Reyes.

Amy Zachreus, who was the substitute teacher in place of Jeane Coniglio, was able to sport all three belts in front of the class compliments of Julaton, who is in training for an upcoming fight.

Her visit was a class project, with Tatiana Perez giving the oral presentation and students coming up with the questions for the boxing champ.

“My daughter wanted to do a report on a famous person,” Alfredo Perez said.

Julaton, 29, started in the fight game about six years ago. “But I’ve been in martial arts since I was 10,” she told the group.

None of her fights have been easy. She’s incurred her share of injuries including head butts.

“It’s part of the game,” Julaton said. “Boxing is a contact sport.

“You have to always think about protecting yourself.”
She recently lost a 10-round decision to Lisa “Bad News” Brown in Ontario, Canada, for the World Boxing Association title.

“Losing can be used as inspiration to get better,” said Julaton, who, according to her team, is comfortable when talking to a group of youngsters.