|Orlando "Fenómeno" Cruz speaks out on being "Proud Gay Man"
By Media Report on Doghouse Boxing (Oct 4, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
Orlando "Fenómeno" Cruz, a professional boxer, former Olympian,
currently ranked #4 in the World Boxing Organization in the
featherweight division, today announced that he's a "proud gay man." He
is the first openly gay boxer in history. His next fight will be on
Friday, October 19, at the Kissimmee Civic Center, in which he'll defend
Cruz said in a statement: "I've been fighting for
more that 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.
have always been and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always
been and will always be a proud gay man. I don't want to hide any of my
identities. I want people to look at me for the human being that I am. I
am a professional sportsman that always bring his best to the ring. I
want for people to continue to see me for my boxing skills, my
character, my sportsmanship.
"But I also want kids who suffer
from bullying, to know that you can be whoever you want to be in life,
including a professional boxer. That anything is possible and that who
you are or whom you love should not be impediment to achieving anything
"I want to thank my family, especially my Mom, who's my
inspiration and my best reason to continue to live and my brother and
my sister. I want to thank my friends for their love and support. And I
also want to thank my team for believing in me and being so supportive
not only in this decision, but throughout my career.
"I am and will always be a proud Puerto Rican gay man."
has been boxing for more than 24 years, he has represented Puerto Rico
in the Pan American Games, Central American Games, the World Cup and the
In his amateur career, he had 189 fights, winning 178
of those. Now, as a professional boxer, he has fought 21 combats, with 9
KOs and only 2 losses. He's currently the Latin Champion of the World
Boxing Organization and he's ranked #4 in the World in the featherweight
(126 pounds) division.
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