|Boxing's Orlando Cruz Announces He Is Gay
By Media Report on Doghouse Boxing (Oct 4, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO (October 3, 2012) -- Orlando Cruz, a
professional boxer from San Juan Puerto Rico (18-2-1, 9 KOs), former
Olympian and currently ranked No. 4 Featherweight by the World Boxing
Organization (WBO), is announcing today that he ”Is a proud gay man.”
is the first openly gay man in boxing history. “I’ve been fighting for
more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be
true to myself,” said Cruz. “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 began
boxing at the age of 7 and posted an amateur career record of
178-11. He won 7 Puerto Rico National Title's and spent 4 years on The
Puerto Rican National Team. Cruz won 7 Gold Medals, 1 Silver and 2
Bronze in various international tournaments. His amateur career
culminated as a representative of the 2000 Olympic Team in Sydney,
Australia. 2000 Olympic teammates included former world champions
Miguel Cotto and Ivan Calderon.
Cruz made his professional
debut on December 15, 2000 and won his first world title on March 22,
2008 (vacant IBA Featherweight Title) and a regional title on October
14, 2011 (WBO Latino Featherweight title). His next fight is scheduled
for October 19 at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida in
which he will defend his WBO NABO title against Jorge Pazos. A win
against Pazos should position Cruz for a world title shot.
Orlando Cruz is sitting down with Telemundo’s Jessi Losada in an exclusive tell-all that will air next week.
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