Boxer Orlando Cruz reveals he is gay

Boxer Orlando Cruz publicly revealed on Wednesday that he is gay, making him one of the first athletes to come out while playing professional sports. He is believed to be the first openly gay boxer in the sport’s history.

Cruz made his announcement through a press release distributed late Wednesday.

“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.”

Cruz is 18-2-1 with nine career knockouts. He is a former Olympian who competed for Puerto Rico at the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, and currently ranked as the WBO’s No. 4 featherweight.

Cruz has been fighting professionally since December 2000. He started his career 16-0-1 and did not lose until 2009 when he lost to Cornelius Lock by TKO. Cruz also lost to Daniel Ponce De Leon in his next fight, but has won his two fights since then.

Cruz is scheduled to defend his WBO NABO title against Jorge Pazos on Oct. 19 in Kissimmee, Fla.

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  • cactusjack36

    I really thought that this article was going to be about Floyd Mayweather.  :(

  • TimMcDonald

    Somehow I don’t think finding out that an athlete who spends all his time sweatily grappling with other men is gay, is really news.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Corey-Hardin/664340391 Corey Hardin

    Boxers don’t grapple other men…they beat the crap out each other.  A very hard way to make a living.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Corey-Hardin/664340391 Corey Hardin

    One day, people coming out wont be news.  Who you love and sleep with is your business.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Robertson/100001585705679 David Robertson

    Boxing isn’t the same as MMA. Just sayin’.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EATGIEGDUMYFUMKJ6Q6Q4CV6AI David S

    Gay is like taking drugs, it is what you choice

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4ZAGQSA2F7I6SE7IU6AMWQD3GA Brian

    I woun’t want my kids or any others kids looking up to him.

  • Gene

    Emile Griffith was a great champion who much later came out of the closet.  When Benny Paret called him a faggot before their fight, Griffith was  furious. During the fight he pounded Paret  against the ropes and gave him a beating which resulted in Paret’s death.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001926247659 Bradley Bozeman

    You choose to be straight…no U choose to be stupid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001926247659 Bradley Bozeman

    Bigots should have their kids taken away from them for Child Abuse.

  • http://www.facebook.com/trajan.white.52 Trajan White

    Yep. It is this simple.
    These moronic bigots are unreal.
    Good example: Davis S. – “Gay is like taking drugs, it is what you choice.”
    Well, wasn’t THIS enlightening?
    What I choice?
    I choice to log out now. Maybe not.
    Hmm, I have a tough  choose to make, huh?

  • http://www.facebook.com/trajan.white.52 Trajan White

    How often do you and the wife have sex? Is it good? You DO sleep with women, right?
    Damn, I shouldn’t be asking people this stuff. It’s really none of my business.  
    It’s nobody’s business but yours & hers, right?
    So why not look at it like that? He’s attracted to men, you and I are not. That’s it!

    If I can be tolerant on these matters, ANYONE can do the same.
    Believe it!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3DLEKFDXQINQYG6TUP6IFKHK7A Sydney

    Brian: Honey don’t be so mean!  I look up to you sweetie pie!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3DLEKFDXQINQYG6TUP6IFKHK7A Sydney

    Cactus: Floyd in a mean Queen!  Cruz is a nice sweet lovely boy, honeypie!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3DLEKFDXQINQYG6TUP6IFKHK7A Sydney

    Davey: in MMA you can hold your mind tell that you Love him, Darling!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3DLEKFDXQINQYG6TUP6IFKHK7A Sydney

    Brad: I choose to be in Love with you Sugar!  You Hot handsome well-endowed Hunk!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3DLEKFDXQINQYG6TUP6IFKHK7A Sydney

    I’m so Happy & Proud today!

  • TimMcDonald

    I’m sure there are a lot more gay men than we realize in these contact sports where they “gets to put their hands on all them sweaty mens” (Men On Film – Damon Wayons voice)  haha. 

  • B S

     unlike football where you spend most of your time crouched with your head in another dude’s crotch or ass, basketball where you spend all your time playing with big balls or baseball where they spend all their time swatting one another’s asses, adjusting their crotches and spitting so they don’t swallow anything nasty, right? =p