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Orlando Cruz, First Openly Gay Boxer, Goes for Title Tonight, Weighs-In Wearing Rainbow Briefs: VIDEO

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Orlando "Fenomeno" Cruz, the first openly gay pro boxer, has a shot at the WBO featherweight title Saturday in Las Vegas, USA Today reports:

2_cruz"For me, it doesn't matter," said Bob Arum, the Top Rank chairman and Hall of Fame promoter who put the fight on the undercard of the Tim Bradley-Juan Manuel Marquez main event Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center (HBO pay-per-view, 9p.m. ET). "The only thing that matters to me is if he can throw punches. Anybody who makes an issue, 'Oh, he's gay, he shouldn't fight,' is stupid. A guy's or woman's sexual orientation is his or her own business."

Arum points out today's culture of embracing and supporting Cruz is vastly different from when Arum started his career half a century ago.

"If I put on a fight with (Cruz) then, there would be a thousand protesters saying it should be boycotted because it involved a boxer who had a different sexual orientation," Arum said during Thursday's news conference. "The world has changed, and it has changed for the better. Because it has changed for the better, we can all take pride in what is happening now."

Cruz wore rainbow briefs at the weigh-in and will wear rainbow colors in Saturday's fight.

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Sylvester Stallone's 'Rocky' Coming to Broadway: VIDEO

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Rocky is going to be a Broadway musical.

The Hollywood Reporter:

The stage incarnation of Rocky brings together Tony Award-winning book writer Thomas Meehan (The Producers, Hairspray) with composer Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens, whose many collaborations include the musical Ragtime.

Directing the production is Alex Timbers, currently represented in New York with the David Byrne-Fatboy Slim musical Here Lies Love and the musical-play hybrid Peter and the Starcatcher. Fight choreography is by Steven Hoggett (Once), with dance choreography by Kelly Devine (Rock of Ages).

“I couldn’t be more proud or more excited about this production and how my original story of Rocky Balboa has been brought to spectacular life onstage,” said Stallone, who penned the screenplay of the beloved 1976 feature that spawned four sequels.

The video pitch and a clip from the show's first run in Hamburg, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Boxer Orlando Cruz Wins 2nd Match Since Coming Out While Wearing Rainbow Kilt as Sign of Gay Pride

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Professional boxer Orlando Cruz, who came out of the closet last October, last night won his second match since coming out against Aaron "The Bomber" Martinez in a 6th round TKO, and did so in a rainbow kilt, Blabbeando reports:

He dedicated the fight to a number of people including his trainers and he almost couldn't contain his emotions as he thanked his grandmother who passed away last year. He also thanked the LGBT community for their support. 

During the fight he wore a multicolor boxing kilt with Puerto Rican flags on both sides. One of the flags was red, white and blue, the other flag's stripes reflected the color of the rainbow as a sign of gay pride.

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Train in Vain: VIDEO

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Marc Jacobs this week released "Train in Vain", a campy short film to promote a new set of boxing glove necklaces, which are something like fashion dog tags for vanity athletes?

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First Gay Boxer Orlando Cruz on Coming Out: 'I'm Very, Very Happy. I am Free' - VIDEO

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Boxer Orlando Cruz gave an on-camera interview to HBO sports' Jon Frankel for a 'Real Sports' special last night exploring why athletes in the big four sports are so reluctant to reveal their sexual orientation until after their playing days.

In this clip, Cruz talks about the fear he felt as a closeted gay man. He said he would cry at home before and after the gym. He says he came out because he wanted to gain respect, and now he has it:

"[I'm] very, very happy. I am free."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

This episode will air again Wednesday at 5:10 p.m. EDT and Friday at 10:30 a.m. EDT and 7 p.m. EDT on HBO2.

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Matt Bomer Delivers a Shirtless Knock-Out Punch: VIDEO

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Matt Bomer demonstrates his boxing skills and his pretty skills in the ring with Tim DeKay in the next episode of White Collar.

Watch a short preview (and one more still), AFTER THE JUMP...

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