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04/19/2007


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.


Boxing Champ Evander Holyfield: Being Gay 'is a Choice' and Gays are 'Handicapped': VIDEO

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Former heavyweight champion boxer Evander Holyfield is making headlines in Britain for remarks he made on UK Celebrity Big Brother that being gay is being "handicapped" and "is a choice."

He added, "What would be good about it? That ain’t normal."

Holyfield was warned by the show's producers in a 'private' talk that his comments were "extremely offensive" and have caused outrage from viewers, including pop star Boy George, who tweeted, "Shame, I had such admiration for Mr Evander Holyfield, he seemed dignified and I was sure he was a cool, smart, giant!", later adding, "I think anyone visiting this country for any reason should be cautioned and forced to swear allegiance to 'Queens & country!!," before adding: "At customs there should be a huge sign! Welcome to Britain, racism, sexism, homophobia and bad hair are not tolerated!"

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Morning Selfie: Amir Khan

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British boxer Amir Khan shows off his "Morning face lol :/ #beard -#tired" on Instagram.

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