Gay boxer Orlando Cruz, featured before in our pages, will wear rainbow shorts in protest against homophobia in a World Championship fight in Las Vegas on Saturday. It’s another example of the power of the rainbow, a power we are advocating as a gay weapon for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Cruz will wear the shorts against Orlando Salido at the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday.
Cruz became boxing’s first openly gay professional fighter in October 2012 and announced his engagement to long term boyfriend José Manuel on Facebook in August 2013. The couple are set to marry next month in New York.
Responding to Manuel's proposal, Cruz commentedin a video: “I wanted to tell you how much I need you and how much I miss you. I know you are a person that means a lot to me and that supports my career and respects it which is very important, but above all you are always there giving me that push that I need. Now more than ever that I have an important fight coming up for the World Championship. I want to tell you that you are a very special person in my life. I am a little nervous, but I want to tell you and share with your friends and my friends if you want to marry me. I want you to be part of my life and me be part of yours.”
News update: the Fight.
Orlando's hope to become the first openly gay boxer to win a world title was extinguished in Las Vegas. Orlando Salido stopped him in seven rounds to capture the vacant WBO featherweight belt.
As promised, the southpaw had donned rainbow flag-themed trunks for the fight as well as rainbow briefs at the weigh in. Sadly, they weren't enough to combat his hard-hitting Mexican opponent.
Lustralboy says: "Sorry Orlando Cruz. Your courage as an out gay man deserves our salute as a Champion.
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