The Washington area’s most promising female boxer was upset Saturday night at George Mason University. Jennifer “The Bolivian Queen” Salinas of Manassas lost a six-round featherweight decision to Nathalie Forget of Montreal. One judge called the fight even. Two others gave the nod to Forget, 58-56. The fight was a preliminary to the Jimmy Lange-Jimmy LeBlanc middleweight bout.
Salinas (11-2) started strong, but by the third round was struggling against the stronger, fitter opponent. Forget (3-1) landed crisper punches in the middle rounds, contributing to Salinas’ fatigue.
Sensing she needed a knockout, Salinas, a personal trainer who has three children, rallied in the final round, landing many more punches than her opponent. But Forget was never in danger of going down.
In another prelim, Falls Church welterweight Todd “White Lightning” Wilson demonstrated his power with a stunning first-round knockout of Calvin “Peco” Faggins of Marshall, Va.
Landing a left jab from out of nowhere, Wilson (8-0) sent Faggins crashing to the canvas less than a minute into the fight. Faggins (3-5-1) rose at the end of the count, but not quickly enough to satisfy the referee. Officially, the fight lasted 1:07.
“My plan was to come in and box the first round, use my jab and feel him out, test the waters,” said Wilson. “It was the second left hand I threw and it just caught him right on the chin.”
It was the second KO for Wilson, a senior director of program delivery at Signature Government Solutions, a Herndon-based IT firm.