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As mentioned in the previous slide, Orlando Salido served one of the toughest apprenticeships of almost any current top-ranked fighter. But while suffering eight losses in his first five years as a professional, he simultaneously developed into a legitimate world-title contender.
Since 2001, he's been in the ring with some of the best fighters in the world. He made his first title challenge against Juan Manuel Marquez in 2004, losing by unanimous decision.
In April 2011 he was largely viewed as an opponent when he faced then-unbeaten WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez. At the time, "Juan Ma" was viewed as among the most dangerous pound-for-pound punchers in the sport, but Salido outboxed him and beat him up, ultimately winning by Round 8 TKO.
Salido won the rematch in March 2012, this time by Round 10 TKO. Last January he dropped his belt to rising star Mikey Garcia, who took the title by Round 8 technical decision.
Garcia has moved up to super featherweight, so now Salido gets his shot to reclaim the vacated crown.
He'll have to get by Orlando Cruz to do it.
Cruz represented Puerto Rico in the 2000 Olympics. He developed slowly as a professional but remained undefeated until 2009, when he lost by stoppage in back-to-back fights against Cornelius Lock and Daniel Ponce De Leon.
In October 2012, Cruz became the first openly gay active professional athlete in North America. This has little relevance to the fight, but the fact that Cruz has chosen to live his life openly indicates mental toughness and self-confidence.