One week before National Coming Out Day, Puerto Rican pro boxer Orlando Cruz has become the first openly gay professional fighter.
Cruz turned pro following the Sydney Olympics in 2000 — he has been boxing since he was seven and has won seven national titles and seven international gold medal since beginning his prolific career.
The 31-year-old featherweight champion 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 is scheduled to fight Jorge Pazos next, who may be a bit hesitant to get too close to the champ now that he’s made it known he loves men.
There’s nothing wrong with being a homosexual, and its quite respectable that Cruz had the confidence to come out publicly while he is still an active fighter. However, it will definitely hurt his image as fighting is a predominately heterosexual sport. Maybe they’ll bring in some “ring boys” for Cruz’s upcoming fight !?
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