Cruz is 31 years old, a southpaw, ranked no. 4 featherweight in the world, was part of the 2000 Olympic team, and is “18-2-1 with nine knockouts” in his professional career (full article at LA Times). He calls being closeted a “distraction” and is “happy” that part of his life is now behind him. Cruz has received tons of support, including from his Olympic teammates, and it is encouraging to see more and more pro athletes come out as part of the LGBTQA+ community. We need to stand up together with our allies and demand the respect we deserve. Having a pro boxer on our side can’t hurt.
Congrats to you, Cruz, on being nothing but yourself. And good luck on Friday in your bout against Jorge Pazos. Ramapo is rooting for you!