Cruz falls short in attempt to make history as Salido wins title for third time
By Martin Domin - dailymail.co.uk
Orlando Cruz failed in his bid to become the first openly-gay world champion as he lost to Orlando Salido in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Through the defences: Orlando Salido catches Orlando Cruz in the mid-drift with a body blow
The 32-year-old Mexican's last reign came to an end in January when he was stopped by Mikey Garcia but the new champion then weighed in heavy for his first defence against Juan Manuel Lopez.
On the canvas: Cruz was unable to get up in the seventh round after being knocked down by Salido
But it was Salido who increased the tempo in the second round, taking control of the centre of the ring and showing more conviction in his punches.
Destructive: The Mexican Salido, who has lost 12 times in his career, was dominant
Having soaked up the best Salido could offer, Cruz enjoyed his best round to date in the fifth but was soon on the back foot again as the bout reached the halfway stage.
Defeated: Cruz was looking to become the first openly gay boxer to win a world title
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