February 16, 2004 - Double
Tree Hotel, Ontario, California, and Promoted by Thompson
photos by Carlos Puma. All Rights Reserved.
On the undercard, Marilyn Salcido won a six-round
unanimous decision over Carla Wilcox. One
WBAN insider reported the following: Using a jab
and firing combinations, Salcido struggled through the
peek-a-boo style of Wilcox who launched winging rights
throughout the six round fight held at the Doubletree Hotel
before a standing room only crowd.
"She was awkward," said Salcido, who had some slight mouses
under her eyes. "I had never seen her fight so my corner told
me to take it easy the first round to see what she has."
Wilcox fired right hands every time Salcido threw a punch and
at times connected. But mostly her punches never landed flush.
The sound of the winging rights landed mostly on Salcido's
shoulders or gloves but the sound effects seemed to fool the
crowd, not the judges. Her trainer Bob Davison
advised to move to Wilcox's left and to fire more jabs. It
proved to be the difference in the fight as Salcido used the
jab to keep Wilcox at bay then would fire quick combinations
and get out. The judges scored the fight 58-56, 60-54,
59-55 for Salcido.
"It was difficult coming in without a fight for a long time. I
didn't feel right," said Salcido. "She was a very tough
The Rialto fighter who trains in Big Bear said she would like
a fight with Elena Reid or Para Draine.
Another Insider wrote to WBAN after the fight and
said, "Six rounds Carla kept Marilyn backing up, in the corner
and against the ropes.
As they called the judges decisions to
give it to Marilyn the crowd roared with disagreement even if
this was their hometown girl they knew the real winner
tonight. What happened in Ontario tonight is shameful and
gives the sport such a bad flavor. Anyone that was in the
crowd tonight or for that matter in the ring knows Carla won
this every round."
In attendance was Mariana Juarez who hopes
to fight on March 14 at the Pechanga Resort and Casino. The
fight card is promoted by Goossen-Tutor Promotions and will be
televised by Fox Sports Net. Ben Lira, who trains Jaurez,
said they are looking for a suitable opponent including
Salcido, Reid or Bridgett Riley.