Mexican featherweight Orlando Salido (40-12-2, 28 KOs), defeated Orlando Cruz (20-3-1, 10 KOs), last night at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. The win for Salido adds the vacant WBO featherweight title to his resume. The bout was presented by Top Rank, and televised on HBO Pay-Per-View, and preceding the Bradley-Marquez main event.
With all the hype regarding Orlando Cruz coming out about being gay, Salido was silently preparing for the fight and staying focused. While Cruz was the focus of all the attention, Salido knew he would have his chance once in the ring, Salido would not disappoint.
Salido wasted no time, speaking his piece with his gloves. A well prepared and in shape Salido set the tone of the fight at the sound of the first bell and making use of his movement and punches.
Cruz was taking some hard shots, especially to the body that would take him out of his element. Cruz is a good fighter, gay or not, he may have under estimated Salido and his power.
Salido would continue to school Cruz for most of the fight, the veteran Salido used the ring to cut-off Cruz, punishing Cruz with some deadly combinations to the body and head.
Coming up on the mid-rounds, Salido continued his well laid out plan, throwing punch after punch that was clearly affecting Cruz. The left eye of Cruz was beginning to show signs of wear and tear, and had to be a factor in the outcome of the fight.
It would all come to an end for Cruz in round seven, a powerful right head shot, followed by a crushing left to the body by Salido did the damage. The combination of punches sent Cruz to the canvas seeing nothing but rainbows and unicorns. Referee Kenny Bayless would call a halt to the action at 1:05 of round seven.
For Cruz, it's back to the drawing board. He is a good fighter and has a great career ahead of him, and now that he has come out about being gay, maybe he can get back to the basics and show his true skills in the ring.