Boxing’s first openly gay fighter Orlando Cruz will get a shot at his first world title this weekend when he takes on two-time featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido for the vacant WBO featherweight title in Las Vegas.
Cruz hit the headlines in October when he became the first active boxer to announce that he is gay – he’ll be coming out again on Saturday but this time swinging.
Ahead of the fight Cruz said: “I’m free. I’m happy. I’m pleased to break the stereotype. Now I’m waiting for the 12th of October to make history and be recognized.”
In January Salido lost the WBO featherweight belt to Miguel Angel Garcia.
But the belt became vacant when Garcia was unable to make weight for his first defense, paving the way for 32-year-old Cruz from Puerto Rico to possibly enter the history books again but this time as the first openly gay world boxing champion.