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February 16, 2004 - Double Tree Hotel, Ontario, California, and Promoted by Thompson Boxing
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On the undercard, Marilyn Salcido won a six-round unanimous decision over Carla WilcoxOne 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 fighter.  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.



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