NEW YORK –– Three-time world boxing champ and mixed martial artists Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton retires with a special honor.
She is the first Fil-Am ever to receive the Shadow League’s Trailblazer Award in New York City.
The Shadow League gives voice to journalistically sound sports coverage through the lens of culture.
The league also recognized one of the greatest boxers of all time: Bernard Hopkins – known as the executioner. He held multiple world championships in two weight classes from 1988 to 2016.
The north Philly native was imprisoned as a young adult but turned his life around through boxing.
Also honored by the Shadow League is Gus Johnson — the sportscaster from Detroit, known for his infectious enthusiasm, brings excitement to games he covers.
After earning the International Boxing Association’s world boxing championship title and the first ever world boxing organization female champion, the WBO had only recognized male fighters, until Ana won in 2009.
The first and only Filipina to win at the highest level in boxing history is hanging up her gloves.
“It’s such a relief. It’s nice to actually eat, it’s to actually sleep whenever I wanna sleep… it’s nice to be on the other side of the ring, there’s a whole new world that I’m being exposed to and being able to spark that fire that I had in competing, it’s like reigniting.”
Julaton says she will be partnering with grassroots organizations to use her energy and celebrity to make an impact in youth community programs and outreach.