Advertisement
Advertisement

Orlando Cruz Says Life is Great Since Coming Out

By Keith Idec

If Orlando Cruz would’ve known all along that he’d feel the way he does today, the openly gay featherweight contender would’ve come out of the closet long ago.

Cruz told HBO’s Jon Frankel during a “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” segment that debuted Tuesday night, “I’m very, very happy. I’m free.”

The 31-year-old Cruz (19-2-1, 9 KOs) didn’t publicly acknowledge that he’s gay until three weeks ago, in advance of his unanimous decision victory over Mexico’s Jorge Pazos (20-5, 13 KOs) on Friday night in Kissimmee, Fla.

That win could secure Cruz the 126-pound world title shot that has eluded him since he turned pro nearly 12 years ago, but he already feels like a champion. That’s because the Puerto Rican southpaw is believed to be the first active male boxer to address his homosexuality publicly.

“I want respect in my sport,” Cruz told Frankel of the reasoning behind his announcement, “and I want respect in the streets.”

According to Cruz, if it wasn’t for his mother’s urging, he might not have come out. She pushed him to do it because he was so often depressed about hiding his sexuality.

“My best friends told me, ‘Don’t do it, Orlando. Don’t do it,’ ” he said.

Cruz was a member of Puerto Rico’s Olympic Boxing Team in 2000, which competed in Sydney. He was a teammate of Miguel Cotto and Ivan Calderon.

The “Real Sports” episode featuring Cruz will air again Wednesday at 5:10 p.m. EDT and Friday at 10:30 a.m. EDT and 7 p.m. EDT on HBO2.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

Tags: Orlando Cruz image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MJ223 on 10-24-2012

[B]I guess we can look forward to headlines like this from him for the rest of his career.... I can only imagine what it will look like if he ever wins a title[/B]

Comment by ddangerous on 10-24-2012

Cruz puts the "feather" in featherweight.

Comment by controlmachete on 10-24-2012

He was getting "tickled" in the liver... that's why he's so happy... :D

Comment by Mr Ehrmantraut on 10-24-2012

Swap the word life for penis.

Comment by Rikanlynx86 on 10-24-2012

Good for him, but he was doing some **** star **** in his last fight. He was definitely overdoing it with his antics and Im sure he made his opponent feel uncomfortable.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (14)
Top Headlines Mikey Garcia: If No Layoff, I Definitely Would Be a Big Star Berto Wouldn’t Be A Gimme For Danny Garcia, Says Showtime VP Adonis Stevenson-Thomas Williams: Post-Fight Report Card Frampton Must Defy Conventional Wisdom To Upset Santa Cruz Bracero on Malignaggi Bout: I'm Fighting For My Dreams, Future Jose Roman, Ruben Villa Batter Opponents at The Doubletree McGuigan: Frampton Has Been After Santa Cruz Since 2013 Canelo Smiles: I Ran From Golovkin? He's Fought NOBODY! Santa Cruz vs. Russell Much Better Fight; Both Want Selby Next Frank Warren: Frampton Left 122 With Rigondeaux Clash Marquez Has No Regrets Over Cotto Position, Retirement Near Adonis Stevenson With Vicious Knockout of Williams in Four Adonis Stevenson vs. Thomas Williams: LIVE BScene Scorecard Ruslan Provodnikov Meets With Promoter, Return is Anticipated Eleider Alvarez Beats Robbie Berridge, On Course For Stevenson Frampton’s Promoter: Santa Cruz is Carl’s Toughest Fight Yet Keith Thurman vs. Danny Garcia Potentially in Early 2017 Adonis Stevenson vs. Thomas Williams - CompuBox Review Photos/Weights: Luis Nery vs. David Sanchez in Tijuana Photos/Weights: Antonio Orozco vs. Lopez, Joseph Diaz vs. Proa Carl Frampton After the Scales: This Was Easy and I Feel Great SHO VP: Wilder vs. Joshua in Late 2017, Could Be Pay-Per-View Photos: Mikey Garcia vs. Rojas Malignaggi-Bracero Battle Ready Photos: Frampton, Santa Cruz Ready For War at Barclays Center Video: Frampton Fans in Force at Weighin For Leo Santa Cruz Antonio Gutierrez vs. Jorge Melendez, LA Fight Club on 9/2 Juan Carlos Camacho Jr. Goes Pro With Miguel Cotto Thomas Williams: TKO Loss To Gabriel Campillo Doesn’t Define Me Chisora Unlikely To Land Whyte, Trying To Get Helenius Rematch Weights From Brooklyn: Santa Cruz 125.4, Frampton 125 Frampton To Santa Cruz: I'll Be The Bigger Man on Fight Night Adrien Broner's Request For Early Release From Jail is Denied Tyson Fury To Take On UKAD Over Drug Test Results Adonis Stevenson-Thomas Williams: Pre-Fight Report Card Lara's Manager on The Possibility of Facing Gennady Golovkin Roach: Me and Pacquiao Remain in Boxing To Get Mayweather Verdejo's Manager Says Flanagan Clash Possible For November Frank Warren on Crawford: Best American in a Long Time Amir Khan: I'd Need 6 Months of MMA Training For McGregor MGM Liverpool Launches, Will Promote October Show
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement