ORLANDO-CRUZ

Out & Proud. Orlando Cruz announces that he is “proud gay man” making him the first openly gay professional boxer. In a statement he said: 

“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, a former Olympian and current #4 WBO featherweight, joins a growing list of openly gay athletes.

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Orlando Cruz: Boxing’s Gay Superstar

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.
—  Orlando Cruz comes out as gay, becomes the first openly gay man in boxing.
Orlando Cruz Destroys Michael Franco

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Puerto Rican featherweight Orlando Cruz (right) rebounded from back-to-back losses by knocking previously unbeaten prospect Michael “Lil Warrior” Franco (left) out cold just before the end of the first round in Kissimmee, Fla. on Telemundo Friday night.

A native of Riverside, Calif., Franco advances with his head forward and his hands low, a recipe for disaster inside the ring. He stands too upright, leaving him wide open for counters, and mostly whiffed with his sloppy left hook. Franco ate a few clean shots early on before taking a knockdown that looked more from a push by Cruz than a punch. After returning to his feet Franco went after Cruz with more lead left hooks that the southpaw was content to dance away from.

Cruz’s punches, in contrast, were shorter, crisper and more accurate. The veteran realized early his opponent was out of his depth and picked his spots, landing several combos flush on Franco’s grill. The end came just before the bell as Franco once again walked forward with his chin exposed and Cruz responded with a straight left-right hook combination to the chin that sent the Californian to the canvas face-first. The right appeared to do the real damage. Kudos to Cruz, fighting for the first time since losing to Daniel Ponce de Leon last February.

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“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.”  Orlando Cruz.  

Five things about Orlando Cruz:  1: He represented Puerto Rico in the 2000 Olympics, 2: Made his pro debut in December 2000, 3: Has won 7 Gold Medals, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze in various international tournaments, 4: Is the #4 ranked featherweight in the World, 5: He’s left-handed.

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  • Orlando Cruz is a Puerto Rican professional boxer. As an amateur, Cruz represented Puerto Rico at the 2000 Olympic Games in Australia. Cruz made his professional debut on December 15, 2000, against Alfredo Valdez in Puerto Rico. Wikipedia