Julaton walked away with blood streaming from two cuts above her eyes
and onto her white sports bra and shorts, which an emergency room surgeon stitched up later that night. (Grisly photos are floating around the Web.) Julaton's manager, Angelo Reyes, says ESPN's E:60 canceled its feature on Julaton that was supposed to run next month.
But Reyes says Julaton is already
planning to defend one of her two world titles this summer. Tremblay says he'll likely be flying to the Bay Area this week to work
out details for a second fight in Canada for Julaton, who he calls a "marketer's dream" despite her loss.
"Ana Julaton is going to be the Joan of Arc of women's boxing," Reyes
told the Weekly. There's no doubt the Filipina American showed courage on Saturday. Julaton got her first cut over her left eye in the
fifth round, another cut under her right during the sixth. A doctor
looked her over, and Reyes asked her if she wanted to throw in the
Julaton didn't give in. "She said no, don't stop it, because there's 90
countries watching this and I want them to know how good women's boxing
is." Reyes says since she was losing on points, she changed her game
plan to just knocking her opponent out.
Tremblay says her perseverance will make her a bigger star. "I think
she was reacting to the hype and saying all that's been put on my
shoulders in terms of women's boxing recognition, she was going to go
until someone killed her I think. [It's] tremendously admirable, and the
courage and the rationale she put out there I think will make her star
continue to shine."
time, he says he'll reserve some tickets on consignment for the Filipino community. By
the time Julaton got on the card for Saturday's fight, most of the
tickets were already sold out, and so Filipinos only made up about 10
percent of the audience.
Tremblay says many folks are probably writing Julaton off as more of a babe than a fighter after Saturday's defeat, but "The more people that do that, when she does eventually beat [Lisa Brown] the bigger the statement."
For now, no re-match is planned.