Showing posts with label Boxing. Show all posts
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October 11, 2013

Orlando Cruz, This Gay Puerto Rican Boxer is Proud and He shows it on His Trunks and Gloves

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Out Olympians can’t wear anything that might be seen as endorsing gay rights at the Winter Games, but gay boxer Orlando Cruz will enter the ring Saturday night in the gayest outfit the sport has ever seen.
Cruz, who came out in 2012, , who became the first openly gay boxer when he came out in 2012, will go into his fight for the featherweight world title wearing rainbow-colored shorts and pink gloves, according to will wear rainbow shorts and pink boxing gloves  in his matchup against Orlando Salido, a bid for the vacant WBO featherweight belt.
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The rainbow garb is in honor of the LGBT community, while the pink gloves representing Breast Cancer Awareness Month (though we think they’re pretty fabulously gay, too.)
Cruz recently told Yahoo’s Kevin Iole that being in the boxing ring was not as scary as being open with his sexuality: “Boxing is a macho sport, everyone yelling gay slurs all the time. I was scared. I was worried about other boxers. I was worried about the fans. I would cry many, many nights thinking about it.”
Whether he wins the bout with Salido or not, Cruz is clear a champ. And a lucky one at that—he’s marrying Jose Manuel in New York on November 16.
 by Dan Avery

January 14, 2013

A Feather Weight Puerto Rican Boxer Reveals The Homosexual Moment

Featherweight boxer Orlando Cruz has revealed the moment he realized he was a homosexual man as a 19-year-old after he competed in the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
The Puerto Rican native, the first openly gay man in the sport's history, reveals a painful, decade long journey after he discovered the truth about himself and the internal battle he fought as he feared the consequences of revealing his sexuality in the testosterone dominated field.
Cruz says that he kept his identity a secret but decided to open up to his family and close friends in 2010. He came out to the public in October 2012.

 Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz has become boxing's first and so far only openly gay manThe 31-year-old told the New York Daily News that though he had a girlfriend in 2000, he experienced his first sexual encounter with a man at the age of 19 - after he had competed in the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

The boxer debuted as a professional following the games.
The experience was disorienting for the athlete, who struggled to come to terms with how to face the truth.
'He was afraid to fight, afraid of the reaction people would have,' Juan De Leon, Cruz’s longtime trainer, said.
'He kept on giving me excuses why he couldn't fight, and (even when he did fight), I could see it in his face that he wasn’t all there. He would be in the ring, but his mind was completely outside the ring.'
He finally revealed his identity to the public and fans in October 2012. 
Cruz said he met with psychologists and others before making the announcement, adding he has the full support of his family, trainer and manager. 
Few active professional athletes have come out. There has yet to be an openly gay player in Major League Baseball, the NBA or NFL.
Cornelius Lock (left) of the US knocks down Orlando Cruz of Puerto Rico during his NABO Featherweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2009 in Las Vegas
Cornelius Lock (left) of the US knocks down Orlando Cruz of Puerto Rico during his NABO Featherweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2009 in Las Vegas
'I was wondering, "What is wrong with me? Am I crazy? What is going on?"' Cruz told the News.
He did reveal the truth to his mother, Dominga Torres, and faced the fury of his girlfriend when she discovered the truth. 
He didn't think coming out in the field of boxing was even a viable option for him because when rumors began to spread that he was gay, he feared even entering the ring for fear of harassment by fans. 
Boxer Orlando Cruz (right), battles Alejandro Delgado during a fight at the Palm Bay Community Center in Palm Bay, Fla. Describing
Pedro Julio Serrano, spokesman for the US-based National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, praised Cruz for his decision and said it breaks stereotypes that gay people are not involved in sports like boxing.
'It also gives a lot of hope to young gays who can see in him the integrity and bravery to be who you are and face a society that is often intolerant, especially in this type of sport,' he said.
Reaction to Cruz's announcement was largely positive across social media, with many praising him for taking what they called a brave step given the sport's violent history. 
Among those who sent messages of support was Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin, who announced he was gay in 2010.

Cruz, began boxing at the age of seven, holds the WBO NABO featherweight title.
'I am free. I feel so free,' Orlando Cruz now says about his state of mind in the aftermath of his decision to be open about his identity.
Boxer Orlando Cruz poses for pictures after a training session at a public gym in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Thursday after coming out as the first openly gay man in boxingBoxer Orlando Cruz poses for pictures after a training session at a public gym in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Thursday after coming out as the first openly gay man in boxing
Boxer Orlando Cruz poses for pictures after a training session at a public gym in San Juan, Puerto Rico in Oct. after coming out as the first openly gay man in boxing


November 22, 2012

Things We Love About Hector "Macho" Camacho

Hector Was shot in San Juan PR in the face last night-early this morning. He has been unresponsive and the family was waiting for his mom to arrive from Florida.  He is been kept alive by artificial means. His heart stopped once but they were able to get it back going, how ever the Neurologist in charge said there is nothing he can do for him, but “this most take it’s coarse” ..I’ve heard those words before and it means, is up to the body and there is nothing anybody can do about it. He is brain dead. The main problem seems to be that a couple arteries supplying blood and oxygen to the brain have been severed. He did make to the hospital by ambulance with a beating heart, so that shows how this man’s body works.
I love the man because of what he did to combat poverty and become a world class athlete. The closest I have ever been to him was flying on the same plane from Puerto Rico to New York, but have always been aware of his victories. He will be the type of boxer that would make me watch a boxing match and I am a boxing fan. After retiring and being adored and and chased by the fans, no longer having that in his late 40’s it made him to wrong choices. I am in vigil for him, watching live net reports coming out of the Commonwealth Island, but each time I look I think Im going to see the words. But he is brain dead...
adamfoxie on Hector Camacho shot in the head-Click here-Hector in Coma Not expected to survive
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On Wednesday, many people in the world were saddened to hear that Puerto Rican Boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho had been shot in the face, and was in critical condition.
Doctors in San Juan recently declared that "El Macho," is now brain dead, and are consulting with his family over whether he should be kept on life support.
But whatever happens with Camacho in the following days, it is clear that his legacy will live on.
Camacho won three world boxing titles for his native Puerto Rico. He may have had serious behavioral problems outside the ring, and several run-ins with the law, but his warm personality, outrageous boxing costumes, and enthusiastic participation in reality shows like Univision's Mira Quien Baila, made him somewhat of a pop icon, and won this tragic hero a place in the hearts of many.
These are our favorite things about Hector "Macho" Camacho. Thanks to our readers for contributing to this list.
1.The Name
Camacho did not only have a catchy nickname and an ego to match the size of his muscles; he also coined his own phrase, which he used over and over again in TV appearances and ads. "What Time is it? It's Macho Time!"
2. Crazy Costumes
As Camacho became a famous boxer, he began to enjoy basking in the media spotlight. So during fights, he entered the ring in outrageous costumes like a roman soldier outfit, this Puerto Rican superhero outfit, and an unexplainable, and somewhat morbid costume with a helmet, which he wore to his 1997 championship bout vs Oscar de la Hoya.
3. The Hair What about that little Superman-style curl of hair adorning El Macho's forehead? A classic trademark that even Univision's Don Francisco tried to emulate.
4.The Reality Shows
Towards the end of his career El Macho's boxing abilities withered. But his charisma stayed intact, earning him a spot of several reality shows. First El Macho danced for Mira Quien Baila, Univision's version ofDancing With the Stars. Then he became a surreal Mira Quien Bailacritic, and then he starred in his own web series. In this episode Puerto Rican singer Giselle Ortiz gives El Macho a couple tips about how to seduce a girl.
5. Julio Cesar Chavez's Alter–Ego
Some boxing fans found that El Macho was a refreshing alternative to Julio Cesar Chavez, the stoic Mexican champ, who was the other big Latin boxing star in the 80s and 90s. "He was always like the street peacock to Julio Cesar Chavez's earnest family man [image] back in the day," wrote Twitter user @monikafabian. "Two different Latin manhoods."
6. A gentleman?
Many fans of El Macho, who saw him in Mira Quien Baila are convinced that the rowdy, spotlight-hungry, boxing legend had a soft touch as well. "I loved it when this guy got out on a dance floor and displayed how sensitive he could be. God help him," wrote Twitter user Ivone Torres.
7. And Despite Everything a Champion for Puerto Rico and U.S. Latinos
Take away all the flashy costumes, the clever slogans and the run-ins with police, and what are you left with? A gifted boxer, with a lethal left hook, who won world boxing titles in three weight categories. El Macho was simply one of the best at his sport, and that is why people began to pay attention to him in the first place. In case you never saw him fight, here's a good combination of El Macho knockouts.

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