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AKSYON TV5 airs Julaton-Alcanter WBO world championship bout

Fil-Am women’s boxing champion Ana Julaton defends her WBO world super-bantamweight title on a championship bout to be telecast live on TV5 and its soon-to-be launched Aksyon TV UHF Channel 41, the Kapatid network's sports and news channel. Set over 10 rounds, the match dubbed `The Return of the Hurricane’, is set on February 25 at the Craneway Pavilion, Point Richmond in California, and will pit her against the tough and skillful veteran Francesca Alcanter (with a boxing record of 18-9-1).

"The Julaton-Alcanter fight promises to be a treat for Pinoy boxing fans because Ana Julaton is not only a world-class athlete but she is coached by Freddie Roach, who Filipinos are well aware is also associated with Manny Pacquiao. We at TV5 are proud to showcase her talents for the enjoyment not only of people who love boxing but Filipinos everywhere who will be proud that one of our own had climbed to the top of women's boxing," according to TV5 Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan. Julaton's visit to the Philippines to promote the fight was hosted by TV5.

Accompanied by her manager Angelo Reyes, the 30-year-old Julaton met the media during a grand luncheon tendered by the Kapatid Network Thursday and attended by executives of TV5 led by Mr. Raul de la Cruz. Julaton, born to Filipino parents, first came over the country last July, two weeks after winning the vacant WBO 122-pound title belt with a split decision over Mexican Maria Elena Villalobos in Ontario, Canada. During her week-long stay, the three-time world champion had a chance to pay a courtesy call on President Aquino in Malacanang, where she personally presented the Chief Executive, the Everlast gloves she used in winning the WBO super-bantamweight title.

A native of San Francisco, California who owns a record of 7-2-1, Julaton will fly back to Los Angeles on Sunday and begins her training at the famed Wild Card gym under celebrated trainer Freddie Roach. The bout with Alcanter is Julaton's first title defense after beating Villalobos seven months ago. Alcanter, from Kansas City, Missouri, is coming off a tough, 10-round unanimous decision loss against German Ina Manzer. Both Julaton and Manzer came face-to-face during the formal press conference for the fight held at the Intramuros Restaurant in South San Francisco last January 25.

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