Get the low down on both featherweights before their bout in Las Vegas.
Where: Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas
When: 01.30 (BST)
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Tale of the tape
Name: Orlando Cruz
Height: 5ft 4in
Record: 20 wins 10 via knockout, 2 losses, 1 draw
Name: Orlando Salido
Height: 5ft 7in
Record: 39 wins 27 via knockout, 12 losses, 2, draws, 1 no contest
Orlando Salido will take on Orlando Cruz for the vacant IBO featherweight title at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The fight will be on the undercard of the Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez bout, but it is worthy of a main event billing itself in part due to Cruz becoming the first openly gay professional boxer.
Cruz will wear trunks with rainbow colors on them to represent the gay and lesbian in a move that has angered some of his countrymen as it replaces the normal colors of the Puerto Rican flag.
However, the 32-year-old said he believes in the reason why he has made the choice, as he looks to win an important title in the context of his career.
“It’s my dream and it’s my time,” Cruz said. “I’ve been waiting a long time to fight for the championship and I plan to make history.”
“Some people are mad at me, but I don’t care,” he said. “I respect the Puerto Rican flag. There were no bad intentions in the design of the trunks.”
After fighting for his homeland in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Cruz has stuttered in his pro career, until he came out a year ago.
Since then he has been more focused and won his last two bouts to put him in line to take on Salido.
Cruz is a left-hander who likes to use his movement in the ring to frustrate opponents but has never shown great power.
He’s 20-2-1 with 10 knockouts but will be up against a Mexican with far more experience and two reigns as a champion.
“I admire him for coming out. It’s courageous,” Salido said. “But I am not treating him any differently than any other opponent. When I see him I see a man standing between me and a third world title.”