Boxing’s first openly gay active fighter Orlando Cruz is looking to make history tomorrow night when he takes on Orlando Salido for the WBO Featherweight title.
Should Cruz defeat Salido he will become the first gay boxing world champion and will do so donning the colours of the LGBT communityalong with breast cancer awareness.
His custom tailored trunks are styled on the flag of his homeland Puerto Rico and in the rainbow colours.
The pink-tinged jacket and gloves will also be a nod to the fight against breast cancer.
Since coming out as gay in October 2012 the Puerto Rican fighter has beaten Mexicans Jorge Pazos and Aalan Martinez to set up this weekend’s title bout with another of Mexico’s finest, Salido.
Despite being ranked at No. 4 by the World Boxing Organisation (WBO), southpaw Cruz is a big underdog going into the bout.
Salido is vastly experienced and despite losing to Mikey Garcia in his previous fight he is expected to block Cruz’s route to being the first gay boxing champion.
The fight takes place on the undercard of the Timothy Bradley v Juan Manuel Marquez WBO Welterweight title bout in Las Vegas.
By Peter O’Dwyer