First Openly Gay Boxer Orlando Cruz Loses WBO Title But Wins With Fans (VIDEO)

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Sheena
Puerto Rico's Orlando Cruz, the first openly gay fighter in professional boxing, failed in his bid to gain the WBO featherweight title when he was knocked out by Mexico's Orlando Salido in the seventh round of their fight on Saturday.

Puerto Rico's Orlando Cruz, the first openly gay fighter in professional boxing, failed in his bid to gain the WBO featherweight title when he was knocked out by Mexico's Orlando Salido in the seventh round of their fight on Saturday.

Salido dominated throughout and put Cruz away with a right hand to the chin and left to the body during the seventh after a heavy exchange of power blows during their bout in Las Vegas.

Cruz went down to the canvas face first with the referee then stopping the fight to push Salido's record to 40-12-2, with 28 KOs while Cruz fell to 20-3-1.

The reality was Cruz, wearing rainbow trunks to promote gay rights, was never really in the fight, landing just the occasional blow and clearly being stung by the ferocity of Salido's combinations and body shots.

Cruz missed the post fight news conference, perhaps because of his injuries in the ring, but there was no shortage of fans willing to talk about his pioneering act, even if to downplay its ultimate significance.

Salido was also magnanimous in his praise for his opponent Cruz.

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