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WATCH: Out Boxer Orlando Cruz Weighs In Wearing Rainbow Briefs

Orlando Cruz is no lightweight when it comes to making a statement. After the out featherweight boxer used Facebook to propose to his boyfriend and post a nude photo of himself, he wore rainbow-striped briefs yesterday in Las Vegas when he weighed in for his fight against Mexico’s Orlando Salido for the World Boxing Organization’s featherweight title. Tonight he plans to wear rainbow-striped shorts and pink gloves in the actual — and potentially historic  –fight.

The 32-year-old Puerto Rico native tells The Guardian about the struggle he continues to face as his sport’s only openly gay athlete, and even alludes to possible homophobia in his opponent Salido.

“He’s professional with me but Mexicans often have something homophobic in them,” Cruz says. “It’s the machismo culture. He won’t want to lose to a gay man. Salido will be much more aggressive. He will want to make a statement because I’m gay. But he’ll fall into the trap by being macho. I’ll let him come at me, and I’ll show him then. The only language I will use is spoken by my fists. They will do my talking.”

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4 Comments

  • Dixie Rect

    I’d love to see Orlando punch out Robbie Rogers. Now that would be a fight to see!

  • yaoming

    RESULT: “Orlando Cruz, boxing’s first openly gay fighter, came up well short in his bid for the WBO featherweight title, getting knocked out in round seven by Orlando Salido.”

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  • Charles175

    Homophobia is a form of bullying? that Cruz is fighting to defeat. Physically defeating a bully is the one and only thing that a bully will respect.

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