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Championship Boxer Kassim Ouma Charged With Felony Battery Over Unwanted Gay Advances

Former middleweight boxing champion Kassim Ouma has reportedly been charged with felony battery for assault a man who made unwanted sexual advances on him in Los Angeles.

Kassim_oumaTMZ reports:

The former IBF junior middleweight champion is telling investigators ... he was hanging out in Hollywood early Friday morning when he struck up a conversation with a guy he just met. Ouma says the two went back to the other man's home for a drink ... where the guy allegedly made a pass at the boxer.

We're told ... Ouma claims he politely declined multiple advances ... but says when he got up to leave, the guy made one final move -- and Ouma shoved him away. The altercation then escalated ... with Ouma allegedly knocking the guy out cold. Cops were called to the scene — where the victim was treated and transported to a nearby hospital.

The blog Rod 2.0 adds:

Ouma has a very compelling personal story and is the subject of the 2008 documentary Kassim the Dream. He was kidnapped at 6-years-old and forced to become a child soldier for the rebel army under the leadership of Yoweri Museveni—who later become Uganda's president and has remained in that position 1986. Ouma was drafted into the army as a teenager, became a boxer in the army's amateur team and applied for political asylum in the United States when he was 18-years-old. Ouma later became the International Boxing Champion Junior Middleweight world champion.

Ouma remains behind bars for the time being.


Jake Gyllenhaal Shows Off Boxer's Body: PHOTO

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Speaking of loving Jake Gyllenhaal, the actor has been in Vegas at the Mayweather Boxing Club preparing for a role in an upcoming Antoine Fuqua film called Southpaw, and some grainy evidence has emerged of his fitness for the role.

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At Weigh In, Boxers Take Matters into Their Own Hands: VIDEO

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A short fantasy fighting film by The Perez Bros.

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2nd And 3rd Pro Boxers Come Out...As a Couple: VIDEO

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Boxing is one of those sports where people don't typically expect to find gay competitors - well, people who don't actually know gay people don't expect them to be there, anyway. Part of what made Orlando Cruz's coming out so spectacular was that it showed the world that gays really do cover the spectrum and can be found in any sport.

Now we have a second and third boxer to come out while still active in the sport, Blabbeando reports. Argentinian Ana Laura "La Monita" Esteche just won the light welterweight championship for the World Boxing Association, and in the post-competition interview she thanked "her woman and my mother-in-law."

"Her woman" is Johanna "Yoki" Giménez, with the pink hair above. Giménez also just so happens to be a WBA professional boxer, and the two work out together daily, waking up as early as 5am to train. Esteche is confident in coming out, saying: 

It's that it's something that you should not hide, after all happiness is not something you should hide, it's something to be shared and I - we - are happy.

Photo courtesy of Martín Canevaro and the 100% Diversity & Rights collective.

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Evander Holyfield Offers Half-Apology for Calling Gays 'Handicapped' and 'Not Normal'

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Former heavyweight champion boxer Evander Holyfield said he owes an apology for controversial remarks he made on UK Celebrity Big Brother that being gay is being “handicapped” and “ is a choice” 

He added that homosexuality is something that can be fixed by a doctor, saying "What would be good about it? That ain't normal."

Holyfield, who was recently evicted from the show, was naturally asked by reporters about the homophobic comments he made while in the house.

He responded:

"I was telling one person my view. I do owe an apology for what I said because I really wasn't talking and really wasn't trying to talk about somebody, because I don't talk about nobody. She asked me something and I thought I was sharing with her my view personally, and I forgot about everything. So I am going to make a public apology about that because I am sorry for anybody I offended in that situation."


Ewin Holyfield: 'My Dad...Treats Everyone Like A Human Being...Even If They Are Homosexual'

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So said boxer Evander Holyfield's son Ewin to TMZ. Unfortunately there's no audio of the statement as stresses and intonation could change whether Ewin's statement came across as naively optimistic about his father (gay or straight, he treats everyone the same) or even more denigrating (even the homosexuals get treated like human beings, even though they aren't).

The younger Holyfield was responding to remarks his father made on the UK version of Big Brother over the weekend.

Regardless, he seems to be as ill-informed as his father as he also said:

My dad feels that being gay is a choice ... and naturally that's how things work.  You cannot procreate and make a baby with two women, or two men.  But at the same time, my dad is not going to judge someone for their sexual orientation.

Obviously, arguing that because gay sex doesn't lead to procreation it must be a choice is an argument so fallacious that it's a wonder he didn't try to support his statement with magnets and the commutative property. Also, Evander saying that gays are "handicapped" and being gay "ain't normal" is explicitly judging someone for their sexual orientation. It's all ok though; Ewin has a gay uncle, and Evander evidently treated him like a brother, so he can't be a bigot. Just like Sarah Palin can't be anti-gay because she has a lesbian best friend.


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