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Orlando Cruz's first gay champion boxer dreams dashed
Nov27

Orlando Cruz's first gay champion boxer dreams dashed

CREATED ON // Sunday, 27 November 2016 Author // Rachel Cook

Orlando Cruz’ dreams of becoming the first out gay boxer have been dashed by WBO champion Terry Flanagan.

Cruz was hoping to become the first openly gay boxer with a world title this weekend but his hopes were short lived with lightweight belt champion, Flanagan, now defending his title four times.

Cruz was no match for Flanagan who knocked out his opponent in the eighth round.

The fight which took place in Cardiff, Wales is now the 32nd straight win for Flanagan. Cruz statistics now stand at 25-5-1.

Cruz is a Puerto Rican boxer who came out in 2012.

On coming out Cruz stated:

"I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will 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 brings 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 in life.”

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Rachel Cook

Rachel Cook

Rachel Cook has worked in both the queer and mainstream media for over a decade. Before becoming editor of Melbourne Community Voice, she was a producer for ABC radio. Her book, Closets are for Clothes: A History of Queer Australia, is currently in use in high schools across Australia.

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