Orlando Cruz - the first openly gay pro boxer
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"Bruce Lee sucks because I slammed my nuts with nunchucks trying to do that stupid **** back in the day. I still managed to have two kids. I forgive you Bruce."
- by Vorpal
I would have never known; not that it matters, but just saying. More public figures are coming out now that we live in a more accepting society. The world of professional sports must be a difficult place for those who remain cloaked.
Originally Posted by Tonuzaba
I always felt he boxed queer.
He is a very bubbly, gay and colorful human-being though.
It is going to be funny in the Gym's showers now.
Panama Al Brown was reputed to try to jump others when they dropped the soap in the showers.
Originally Posted by erezb
Otherwise, Emile Griffith. World MW and WW champ. Benny Paret insulted him in Spanish and Griffith's Trainer, Gil Clancy, urged him to remain cool, "Save if for the Ring". As is well known, he trapped Paret in the corner and punched him until he fell. Paret slipped into a Coma and subsequently died. The Ref, Ruby Goldstein, was blamed for being too slow to step in and stop the bout.
Some felt that Paret had entered the Ring too soon after sustained a fierce beating by Gene Fullmer, MW. This is has happened before and since.
That apart, the UK Press have also carried the story of Mr Ortiz.
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