Gay boxer Orlando Cruz loses in shot for title fight
Openly gay boxer Orlando Cruz lost his bid for the featherweight title Saturday night in Las Vegas, after being knocked down in the seventh round by veteran Orlando Salido.
At his weigh-in on Saturday, he came wearing a pair of rainbow briefs before changing into his shorts in preparation for the fight against Salido.
“This is my moment, my time,” Cruz said before the match started.
He was outclassed by Salido last night however, who landed heavier punches throughout the fight before knocking Cruz down with a right hook to the head in the seventh round.
Cruz, on his knees and unable to stand, was counted out at 1:05 into the match.
He said: “I went into the corner and he hit me with a good shot. I thought the fight was close up until then.”
It was his first title fight in a 13-year professional career. He fell to 20-3-1 with the loss.
Cruz was greeted with mixed reactions coming into the ring, where he was both cheered and booed by spectators. He was joined by a man waving a flag in rainbow colors.
The couple are set to marry next month in New York.