Ana "The Hurricane" Julaton, a Bay Area boxing champ, wants to represent the Philippines in next year’s London Olympic Games, reports Jun Medina for the Philippine News. The professional boxer is willing to give up her professional status if International Olympic Committee approves a proposal to let former professional fighters compete in women’s boxing.

"I might return to the amateur ranks and fulfill my long-time dream of winning an Olympic gold medal,” Julaton told sportswriters while visiting Manila last week. "It would be such a great honor for me to win for the Philippines its first ever Olympic gold medal.”

Julaton started her professional career in 2007 and won the vacant WBO 122-pound crown via split 10-round decision over Mexico’s Maria Elena Villalobos in Ontario, Canada, last June. The 30-year-old will defend her World Boxing Organization bantamweight (122-pounds) title against the Kansas City-based Alcanter on Feb. 25 at the Craneway Pavilion in Point Richmond.