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:
âIâve been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself.
âI 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.
âI have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man.â
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 Anonymous||reply 52||10/02/2014|
This thread is useless without naked weigh-in pics.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||10/04/2012|
Uncut tatted cagemeat. Yay!
|by Anonymous||reply 3||10/04/2012|
We will be hearing from Momma's Mussy in three . . .two . . .
|by Anonymous||reply 4||10/04/2012|
He's a boxer, not an inmate, hon.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||10/04/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 6||10/04/2012|
Very brave to do that in Puerto Rico.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||10/04/2012|
Good for him. Very brave.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||10/04/2012|
Hmmm.. he sort of has latino gayface. If anybody knows what I'm talking about.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||10/04/2012|
he's about as pocket as it gets at 125 lbs.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||10/04/2012|
[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 Anonymous||reply 15||10/04/2012|
He's fierce as shit in R14's link.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||10/04/2012|
Wow! Now can he kick Romney's ass?
|by Anonymous||reply 17||10/04/2012|
Um, can I get him in HOTTER? Thanks.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||10/04/2012|
A role model for Puerto Rican gay ghetto thugs? He looks REALLY gay.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||10/04/2012|
I think the gayface is a result of over-plucking his eyebrows.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||10/04/2012|
After knocking them out in the ring he wants to knock them out in a bed too
|by Anonymous||reply 21||10/04/2012|
Good for him. He's brave and he could kick all of our asses.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||10/04/2012|
He kind of looks like Carmen Carrera's boyfriend, Adrian Torres.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||10/04/2012|
Was an official announcement really necessary?
|by Anonymous||reply 24||10/04/2012|
He holds his mouth in a loose pucker. Soft eyes. = latino gayface
|by Anonymous||reply 25||10/04/2012|
He would be a FEATHER weight.
How about a real man not a fairy with gay face.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||10/05/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 27||10/05/2012|
Gayface or not, he would beat the shit out of you [R26].
|by Anonymous||reply 28||10/05/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 29||10/05/2012|
[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 Anonymous||reply 31||10/05/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 32||10/05/2012|
"He looks REALLY gay."
This is what self loathing looks like.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||10/05/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 34||10/05/2012|
The Hodge Twins speak on PR Pride police brutality.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||10/05/2012|
[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 Anonymous||reply 39||10/06/2012|
A touching interview with Cruz
|by Anonymous||reply 41||10/18/2012|
He won his fight last night by unanimous decision.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||10/21/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 43||11/22/2012|
Naked pics of Camacho at different points in his career
|by Anonymous||reply 44||11/22/2012|
Camacho partying naked (he loved his ecstasy, found when he was arrested in 2007).
|by Anonymous||reply 45||11/22/2012|
Orlando lost his last match in 10 rounds. I hope he continues boxing and wins.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||05/08/2014|
That ass has to be some sweet stuff.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||05/08/2014|
August 10th Orlando has a fight in Cleveland, Ohio. Root for him.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||07/13/2014|
Don't have to wonder whether he's cut.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||07/13/2014|
Cruz fights on October 24th.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||10/02/2014|
Every time an athlete comes out I get really excited but always get disappointed when I see a pic of them.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||10/02/2014|