THE REST — 05 October 2012
Orlando Cruz: First Openly Gay Boxer

Part of me applauds gay athletes for “coming out of the closet”, but the other part questions why. Because they certainly don’t have to.

For the first time ever, we now have an openly gay boxer: Orlando Cruz. Boxing is a gladiator sport, with the cruelest of intentions. That’s why this juxtaposition is so interesting.

I wonder if this will make his opponents go harder against him in the ring, or if it will dissuade guys from even wanting to get in the ring with him in the first place.

 

Featherweight boxer Orlando Cruz, from Puerto Rico, has become the first openly gay man in the sport’s history, describing himself Wednesday as a “proud gay man.”

Cruz (18-2-1, 9 KOs), the No. 4-ranked featherweight by the WBO, 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.”

 

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