Orlando Salido vs Orlando Cruz potentially set for August 17, vacant WBO title

J. Meric

Orlando Salido and Orlando Cruz will reportedly be fighting for the vacant WBO featherweight title, with an August date looking likely.

A fight between Orlandos Salido and Cruz will be held for the now-vacant WBO featherweight title, which Mikey Garcia lost on the scales earlier this month before stomping Juan Manuel Lopez in Dallas, with Corey Erdman saying that Zanfer in Mexico are holding an August 17 date for the fight.

Salido (39-12-2, 27 KO) lost the belt to Garcia in January, showing a lot of toughness but while also finding himself pretty spectacularly outclassed by a superior boxer, though Salido was coming on before the fight was cut short due to a broken nose on Garcia, ruled to be caused by a clash of heads.

The 32-year-old Mexican veteran was hoping to get a title shot this year at either 126 or 130, and this gives him that opportunity.

Cruz, 31, is not a serious contender by any rational logic, with nothing more than OK wins over his career, and two one-sided losses to Daniel Ponce De Leon and Cornelius Lock in 2009-10. He made headlines last year for announcing publicly that he's gay, making him the first fighter to do so. This led to a somewhat out-of-nowhere push from the WBO, and at one point, he was rumored to be the June opponent for Garcia, but that went nowhere.

Cruz (20-2-1, 10 KO) is working on a four-fight win streak, with three wins by knockout, and he's not really a bad fighter, just someone who for all the world still appears to be less than a real top-notch contender. If the fight is made, as it looks it will be, Salido will unquestionably be the heavy favorite. But there is the chance that Cruz has really made serious improvements, and we see worse world title challengers all over the world, all the time. Nobuhiro Ishida got a world title shot this year, for the love of Mike.

Who's Mike?

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