November 27, 2016
Orlando Cruz breaks Boxing’s glass ceiling by becoming the first openly gay two-time world title loser.
Cruz was pounded into submission by WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan on Saturday at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales.
Flanagan dropped and stopped Cruz in the eighth round of the historic world championship fight.
Referee Steve Gray stopped the one-sided affair after Cruz ate a powerful straight right hand from Flanagan.
Cruz, had come out as gay in 2012 and lost his first world championship bout in 2013 against Orlando Salido.
After the fight, Cruz said he wants to continue to inspire the gay community, while Flanagan set his sights on much tougher opponents.
“I want to inspire the gay community,” said Cruz. “But going forward I want the focus to be on my abilities, not my sexuality.”
Flanagan, who improved his record to 32-0, would like to fight Anthony Crolla, Jorge Linares or Felix Verdejo.
Meanwhile, Cruz dropped to 25-5-1 and is expected to fade back into obscurity as a shitty club fighter.