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Puerto Rican pro boxer comes out as gay

Puerto Rican pro boxer comes out as gay

by Scott Roberts 4 October 2012, 11:40am

The world of boxing now has its first openly gay professional fighter who has come out whilst his career is still active.

Puerto Rican featherweight Orlando Cruz has said that he is indeed a gay man.

The 31-year-old released a statement to the media saying:

“I’ve been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself.

“I want to try to be the best role model I can be for kids who might look into boxing as a sport and a professional career.

“I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man.”

Cruz has been boxing since he was seven and has won seven national titles and seven international gold medals.

He turned pro shortly after the Sydney Olympic Games and won his first professional fight on 15 December 2000 against Alfredo Valdez.

He will be taking on Jorge Pazos in the ring in Florida on 19 October.

According to BoxRec, Cruz is currently the No. 2 ranked featherweight in the United States and will be hoping to defend his WBO Latino featherweight title.

Cruz now joins a growing list of gay professional sports starts such as retired rugby player Gareth Thomas, Swedish footballer Anton Hysen, England cricketer Steven Davies and gold medal Olympic equestrian star Carl Hester.

by Anonymousreply 5210/02/2014

This thread is useless without naked weigh-in pics.

by Anonymousreply 110/04/2012


by Anonymousreply 210/04/2012

Uncut tatted cagemeat. Yay!

by Anonymousreply 310/04/2012

We will be hearing from Momma's Mussy in three . . .two . . .

by Anonymousreply 410/04/2012


He's a boxer, not an inmate, hon.

by Anonymousreply 510/04/2012

This is wonderful, but for fuckssake does it have to be a "featherweight" boxer? Oy.

I wonder what Oscar de la Hoya thinks of this.

by Anonymousreply 610/04/2012

Very brave to do that in Puerto Rico.

by Anonymousreply 710/04/2012

r6 rofl

Good for him. Very brave.

by Anonymousreply 810/04/2012

I approve!

by Anonymousreply 910/04/2012


by Anonymousreply 1010/04/2012

Hmmm.. he sort of has latino gayface. If anybody knows what I'm talking about.

by Anonymousreply 1110/04/2012

I don't believe it.

by Anonymousreply 1210/04/2012

ai papi

by Anonymousreply 1310/04/2012

he's about as pocket as it gets at 125 lbs.

by Anonymousreply 1410/04/2012

[quote]Hmmm.. he sort of has latino gayface. If anybody knows what I'm talking about.

That made me laugh, because I know exactly what you mean, R11.

He totally has latino gayface in R14's link!

by Anonymousreply 1510/04/2012

He's fierce as shit in R14's link.

by Anonymousreply 1610/04/2012

Wow! Now can he kick Romney's ass?

by Anonymousreply 1710/04/2012

Um, can I get him in HOTTER? Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 1810/04/2012

A role model for Puerto Rican gay ghetto thugs? He looks REALLY gay.

by Anonymousreply 1910/04/2012

I think the gayface is a result of over-plucking his eyebrows.

by Anonymousreply 2010/04/2012

After knocking them out in the ring he wants to knock them out in a bed too

by Anonymousreply 2110/04/2012

Good for him. He's brave and he could kick all of our asses.

by Anonymousreply 2210/04/2012

He kind of looks like Carmen Carrera's boyfriend, Adrian Torres.

by Anonymousreply 2310/04/2012

Was an official announcement really necessary?

by Anonymousreply 2410/04/2012

He holds his mouth in a loose pucker. Soft eyes. = latino gayface

by Anonymousreply 2510/04/2012

He would be a FEATHER weight.

How about a real man not a fairy with gay face.

by Anonymousreply 2610/04/2012

Puerto Rico seems to have an almost disproportionate amount of gay men (and trannies, but that's a different story) for such a small island population . . . Must be something in their water.

by Anonymousreply 2710/04/2012

Gayface or not, he would beat the shit out of you [R26].

by Anonymousreply 2810/05/2012

Looks like he plucks his eyebrows. I liked that he beat an opponent to death (Literally) when his rival called him a Maricon (i.e. effeminate gay man).

by Anonymousreply 2910/05/2012


by Anonymousreply 3010/05/2012

[quote](i.e. [childish epithet posted by a bigoted tool] gay man).

Uh, no. Maricon = faggot.

[quote]Looks like he plucks his eyebrows.

Nearly every young man in PR does, gay or straight.

by Anonymousreply 3110/05/2012

Gay people won't get gay rights until we start treating one another equally. This guy CAME OUT early in his life, in the most macho sport there is an extremely macho country and 90% of these posts are something you'd see on Free Republic. Disgusting.

by Anonymousreply 3210/05/2012

"He looks REALLY gay."

This is what self loathing looks like.

by Anonymousreply 3310/05/2012

Amen r32. This man is brave and should be celebrated. I guess a significant segment of the DL crowd is also going to use an occasion like this to play out their deep self-loathing issues.

by Anonymousreply 3410/05/2012

Cutie patootie

by Anonymousreply 3510/05/2012

The Hodge Twins speak on PR Pride police brutality.

by Anonymousreply 3610/05/2012

Mamma likes -

by Anonymousreply 3710/06/2012

Ay, Maria!

by Anonymousreply 3810/06/2012

[quote]Gay people won't get gay rights until we start treating one another equally. This guy CAME OUT early in his life, in the most macho sport there is an extremely macho country and 90% of these posts are something you'd see on Free Republic. Disgusting.

Exactly. This reinforces why I massively roll my eyes when (primarily) white gay men play the gay card and whine about homophobia, the gay marriage movement, etc, etc, etc. It's the pot calling the kettle repeatedly. It's petty, trite, boring, and predictable, and impacts being sympathetic, or caring at all, when they emanate so much venom and nastiness.

by Anonymousreply 3910/06/2012

Very brave guy.

by Anonymousreply 4010/07/2012

A touching interview with Cruz

by Anonymousreply 4110/18/2012

He won his fight last night by unanimous decision.

by Anonymousreply 4210/20/2012

Meanwhile, another Puerto Rican ex-champion pro boxer, Hector "Macho" Camacho, was the victim of a drive-by shooting in which he and another guy were hit. The other guy is dead, and Camacho has just been declared brain dead.

Drugs were found in the car and on the other guy,

Camacho was a hottie. Naked pics of him to follow.

by Anonymousreply 4311/22/2012

Naked pics of Camacho at different points in his career

by Anonymousreply 4411/22/2012

Camacho partying naked (he loved his ecstasy, found when he was arrested in 2007).

by Anonymousreply 4511/22/2012

Orlando lost his last match in 10 rounds. I hope he continues boxing and wins.

by Anonymousreply 4605/08/2014

That ass has to be some sweet stuff.

by Anonymousreply 4705/08/2014

August 10th Orlando has a fight in Cleveland, Ohio. Root for him.

by Anonymousreply 4807/13/2014

Don't have to wonder whether he's cut.

by Anonymousreply 4907/13/2014

Cruz fights on October 24th.

by Anonymousreply 5010/02/2014

Every time an athlete comes out I get really excited but always get disappointed when I see a pic of them.

by Anonymousreply 5110/02/2014

R51 why is that?

by Anonymousreply 5210/02/2014
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