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Gay Boxer Orlando Cruz Loses Bid For Featherweight Title


Orlando Cruz, the first openly gay professional boxer, lost in a seventh round knockout to opponent Orlando Salido Saturday night. describes the supportive atmosphere in and around the ring:

Cruz, despite the loss, was hailed as a hero by many for coming out as a gay fighter in such a macho sport. Members of Cruz's team waved a rainbow colored flag, signifying the colors of the LGBT community, in his corner during the introductions. He wore trunks in the colorful pattern, and his story was covered by media outlets around the world.

Watch a short clip of the fight's final moments, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. It's still good. You've still done your best.Your time to shine will come!

    Posted by: litper | Oct 13, 2013 12:25:13 AM

  2. That's a shame, but somehow I think he'll get other offers.

    Posted by: Endora | Oct 13, 2013 12:30:06 AM

  3. I love this site. Even a blatant loss is twisted into victory.

    Posted by: HG | Oct 13, 2013 12:37:39 AM

  4. Maybe it was the shorts.

    Posted by: Jamie | Oct 13, 2013 12:38:23 AM

  5. hg - maybe we care about the fighter rather than the event.

    Posted by: Endora | Oct 13, 2013 1:28:10 AM

  6. How disgusting that ESPN refers to LGBT in the context of this story. Cruz is 100% man. He doesn't have anything to do with transsexuals.

    Posted by: Hector | Oct 13, 2013 4:42:10 AM

  7. A Puerto Rican vs a Mexican. lol! It's like a fight between welfare and illegal immigration. Why can't they both lose?

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Oct 13, 2013 5:39:54 AM

  8. I was so hoping it was going to turn out differently.

    Posted by: damitt | Oct 13, 2013 5:40:40 AM

  9. Well - if you believe the hype - I guess a straight man's desire to not be beaten by a gay man is stronger than a gay man's desire to prove himself.

    Posted by: Mr. Smith | Oct 13, 2013 6:22:07 AM

  10. Not at all surprised that Cruz's ethnicity and preference brings out the ugly comments...little kiwi especially...congrats all on being the Bull Connors of this generation.

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 13, 2013 7:15:51 AM

  11. That's so sad! I really wanted him to win.
    Ah...and Puerto Ricans are much more than welfare and Mexicans much more than illegals... Sad commentary on how some people perceive some latino groups...

    Posted by: George F | Oct 13, 2013 7:17:41 AM

  12. That comment is not by 'Little Kiwi'.
    It's just another troll thinking he's smart.

    "It's the wrong Alice."

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Oct 13, 2013 7:29:35 AM

  13. I didnt watch the fight but I followed it on 2 sites where they provided written live recaps and I followed Twitter. Two things I read over and ocer worth mentioning: Salido was warned over and over about low blows on the first 4 rounds, yet the judges still gave him victory in 3 of them. Makes no sense. In the middle Iof the fight anaudible contingent of the audience chanted " puto, puto, puto"... So wrong...

    Posted by: Anthony | Oct 13, 2013 7:50:27 AM

  14. @ Mike

    Sort of your like your ugly ethnic comments regarding Lee Daniel's proposed movie?

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Oct 13, 2013 8:46:58 AM

  15. @Hector;

    Take your traveling bigot show somewhere else. We know what you Con-pigs are up to...trying to create your next 'Legal victim' to harrass for the next twenty years.

    And Fortunately, the rest of us LGBs will be there to support our trans bros and sisters and see to it that you Con-pigs continue to become irrelevant and are kicked to the curb from political life in America.

    You see,'s what happens when you play out all your bigot cards and look for a new deck; Everyone's already seen your best hand!

    Posted by: Bill W | Oct 13, 2013 9:24:48 AM

  16. Cruz is still a hero to me and should be to the entire gay community.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Oct 13, 2013 10:04:13 AM

  17. Cruz's loss isn't unexpected. Salido is several inches taller and a few pounds heavier, with a longer reach. In the featherweight division that can make a huge difference.

    Still, getting to the title bout was an achievement in itself for Cruz and he has nothing to be ashamed of. Some of the comments here however....the authors should be ashamed.

    Posted by: Caliban | Oct 13, 2013 10:38:59 AM

  18. Not to be totally shallow, but I will, I was kinda rooting for the other guy. So so hot.

    Posted by: Michael | Oct 13, 2013 10:53:55 AM

  19. cruz gave as good as he got for 7 round with a former champion. from what i heard he boxed well, but he couldn't put a hurt on his opponent.

    as far as i'm concerned, he can go home and marry his man, and shop out his banging body for underwear commercials. enjoy the good life, orlando.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Oct 13, 2013 11:06:12 AM

  20. "the rest of us LGBs will be there to support our trans bros and sisters"

    You're really naive if you think "the rest of us" will do any such thing. Just sayin'. For the record, yes, I support TQIA and the rest of the absurd alphabet soup that gets attached to GLB, but it's time to stop the idea that everyone thinks the same.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Oct 13, 2013 12:07:35 PM

  21. Making it through 7 rounds sounds good to me, from what I heard Cruz was a long shot to win because Salido is bigger and has a longer reach. I'm impressed.

    Whoever posts as fake Little Kiwi, how about you grow up already. Jeez you're a moron.

    Posted by: Jersey | Oct 13, 2013 1:49:31 PM

  22. @HG At least he was doing it. He fights, he trains, he puts it out there for all to see.

    You, on other hand, well, never mind....

    People here are kind and generous (mostly) and get it that Orlando Cruz was courageous to come out and then fight for a championship regardless of what people might say.

    THAT is a victory. For everybody, gay or straight.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Oct 13, 2013 2:47:32 PM

  23. HG, someone is going to lose the fight. Most people, and probably you, don't even have what it takes to enter that ring in the first place.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 13, 2013 4:00:55 PM

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