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As the saying goes “be careful what you wish for, because you might just get it”. This certainly seems to be the case for the past few weeks since Team Julaton responded to a challenge coming from Chantall Martinez’s camp. The WBO female super bantamweight champ Julaton demanded for the unification fight the WBA super bantamweight champ Martinez had been barking about to happen ASAP in her response.
Julaton’s advisor Angelo Reyes likens Martinez’s and promoter Rogelio Espino’s silence since Julaton’s acceptance of their call-out to a “muzzling’. “Dare I say they have been “muzzled”, since their “bark” is perhaps louder than their bite?” the igneous Reyes told me.
“Look Dennis, ever since you broke out that story on Ana wanting that fight to happen ASAP, Martinez and her team won’t even say the word “Julaton”. I think they’re scared, which is probably why in a few weeks they want to fight a girl nicknamed “The Puppy”, instead of doing the right thing and calling us back on July 4th,” Reyes continued.
“We are moving on with Ana’s next title defense in a few weeks, so maybe they’ll finally rediscover their courage and call us once their done playing with the puppy?” a clearly annoyed Reyes stated. Reyes is Julaton’s longtime advisor, and serves as Freddie Roach’s training assistant to Julaton since the beginning of her professional boxing career.
Team Julaton’s frustrations stems from Team Martinez’s media manipulation, instead of just coming forward and offering a real fight contract. After Carlos Costa wrote his story on Philboxing about Martinez wanting a piece of Julaton, which Reyes says they circulated to the Latin Press for a couple weeks after Martinez’s KO victory in her WBA title defense against Paulina Cardona on July 2nd, Martinez along with her promoter has not responded to their calls and have been silent about the topic of fighting Julaton.
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“I am ready to unify titles with Chantall. My first attempt failed, but I know I did my best at the time, and did so in my opponent’s backyard, when I fought Lisa Brown in Canada. Now I know I have a reputation to uphold for all my supporters and if Chantall wants it, then we can put on a show here in the US to showcase what women’s boxing is truly about, and my promoter Allan Tremblay will gladly put it together,” a smiling Julaton told me while I was with her for her training in LA a few weeks ago.
A Julaton-Martinez showdown, a fight between two superb champions in their prime, is the type of fight that can elevate Women’s Boxing in the US. Julaton has definitely made waves for female boxers in the US, being the only female fighter to be featured on the recent Topps trading cards, aside from being a 3-time World Champion and a great spokesperson for the sport. But just as Manny Pacquiao needed marquee match-ups against Marquez, Barrera and Dela Hoya and other big names in boxing to elevate their status, Julaton needs challenges fighters like Martinez can bring, so she can get to the next level. And if Martinez and her camp would have the audacity to speak about it, Julaton struggles to fathom why they can’t make it happen.
“We should all hope for it. This is a fight that should be shown on a major US network, and would bring excitement to Women’s Boxing,” Reyes commented. As for his parting shots to Team Martinez, the outspoken Reyes had one final message: “Please don’t blink, think, or hesitate now. When you’re done playing with “The Puppy”, pick up the phone and fight a real “dog” in Ana, and quit acting like a scared pussy cat.”
– DG –
Filipino Sports Examiner Dennis ‘dSource’ Guillermo is a freelance sports writer. You can find his articles on TV 5’s Interaksyon.com, BoxingScene.com, The SunStar newspaper in the Philippines and SportsManila.net.
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