Orlando Cruz

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Orlando Cruz
Statistics
Nickname(s) El Fenómeno ("The Phenomenon")
Weight(s) Lightweight
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Nationality Puerto Rican
Born (1981-07-01) July 1, 1981 (age 36)[1]
Yabucoa, Puerto Rico
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 32
Wins 25
Wins by KO 12
Losses 6
Draws 1

Orlando Cruz (born July 1, 1981) is a Puerto Rican professional boxer. As an amateur, he represented Puerto Rico at the 2000 Olympic Games in Australia.[2]

Career[edit]

Cruz made his professional debut on December 15, 2000, against Alfredo Valdez in Puerto Rico. He was undefeated until 2009, when he lost to Cornelius Lock by TKO. Cruz is currently ranked at No. 4 among featherweights by the World Boxing Organization (WBO).[3]

On October 4, 2012, Cruz became the first boxer to come out as gay while still active professionally, stating that "I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man".[4] He won his first fight since coming out on October 20, 2012.[5] He was among the first class of inductees into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame on August 2, 2013.[6]

Professional record[edit]

25 Wins (12 Knockouts), 6 Defeats (3 Knockouts), 1 Draw
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 25-6-1 Puerto Rico José López UD 12 2017-06-11 Puerto Rico Roger Mendoza Coliseum, Caguas, Puerto Rico WBO International super featherweight title
Loss 25–5–1 United Kingdom Terry Flanagan TKO 8 (12), :43 2016-11-26 United Kingdom Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff For WBO Lightweight title
Win 25–4–1 Mexico Gabino Cota TKO 7 (10), 2:38 2016-10-07 United States A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida For WBO NABO Super Featherweight title
Win 24–4–1 Mexico Alejandro Valdez KO 7 (10), 1:24 2016-07-15 United States Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida For WBO NABO Super Featherweight title
Win 23–4–1 Mexico Romulo Koasicha UD 10 2016-03-04 United States A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida For WBO NABO Super Featherweight title
Win 22–4–1 Mexico Gabino Cota UD 10 2015-10-09 United States Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida For vacant WBO Latino Super Featherweight title.
Win 21–4–1 Puerto Rico Edwin Lopez TKO 4 (8), 1:50 2015-06-27 Puerto Rico Palacio de los Deportes, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Loss 20–4–1 Puerto Rico Gamalier Rodriguez UD 10 2014-04-19 United States Bahia Shrine Temple, Orlando, Florida
Loss 20-3-1 Mexico Orlando Salido TKO 7 (12), 1:05 2013-10-12 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada For vacant WBO Featherweight title.
Win 20–2–1 Mexico Aalan Martinez TKO 6 (12), 1:19 2013-03-15 United States Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida
Win 19–2–1 Mexico Jorge Pazos UD 12 2012-10-19 United States Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida
Win 18–2–1 Mexico Alejandro Delgado KO 11 (12), 2:59 2012-02-10 United States Community Center, Palm Bay, Florida
Win 17–2–1 United States Michael Franco KO 1 (12), 2:29 2011-10-14 United States Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida
Loss 16–2–1 Mexico Daniel Ponce de León KO 3 (12), 2:37 2010-02-20 Mexico Auditorio Plaza Condesa, Mexico City, Mexico For WBC Latino Featherweight title
Loss 16–1–1 United States Cornelius Lock TKO 5 (10), 2:08 2009-09-19 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada For WBO NABO Featherweight title
Win 16–0–1 Mexico Leonilo Miranda KO 5 (10), 0:45 2009-01-16 United States Million Dollar Elm Casino, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Win 15–0–1 Nicaragua Carlos Guevara UD 12 2008-03-22 Puerto Rico Coliseo José Miguel Agrelot, Hato Rey Won IBA Featherweight title
Win 14–0–1 Nicaragua Wilfredo Acuna UD 10 2007-11-17 Puerto Rico Mario Morales Coliseum, Guaynabo
Draw 13–0–1 Colombia Jesús Salvador Pérez SD 4 2007-06-22 United States Mahi Temple Shrine Auditorium, Miami, Florida
Win 13–0 Panama Armando Córdoba UD 8 2007-05-11 United States Champion Sport Complex, Orlando, Florida
Win 12–0 Mexico Ricardo Medina UD 6 2007-04-07 United States Shrine Mosque, Springfield, Missouri
Win 11–0 Nicaragua Francisco Huerta TKO 1 (10), 2:21 2007-03-10 Puerto Rico Juan Pachín Vicéns Auditorium, Ponce
Win 10–0 Puerto Rico Juan Ramón Cruz TD 9 (10) 2006-11-11 Puerto Rico Mario Morales Coliseum, Guaynabo
Win 9–0 Mexico Ricardo Barrera KO 1 (8), 2:05 2006-06-17 Puerto Rico Pedrín Zorrilla Coliseum, Hato Rey
Win 8–0 Colombia Pedro Rincón Miranda UD 8 2006-04-01 Puerto Rico Mario Morales Coliseum, Guaynabo
Win 7–0 Dominican Republic Osvaldo Cedeño UD 6 2005-12-17 Puerto Rico Tomás Dones Coliseum, Fajardo
Win 6–0 United States Michael Connolly UD 4 2005-08-26 United States Thunderbird Wild West Casino, Norman, Oklahoma
Win 5–0 Mexico Javier Hernández UD 4 2004-11-19 Puerto Rico Salon Marbet Plus, Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico
Win 4–0 Mexico Alberto Cepeda TKO 2 (4), 3:00 2002-06-22 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 3–0 United States Willie Thomas TKO 5 (6) 2001-07-21 Puerto Rico Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum, Bayamón
Win 2–0 Puerto Rico Eugenio Ventura KO 2 2001-04-19 Puerto Rico Diamond Palace Hotel, Condado
Win 1–0 Puerto Rico Alfredo Valdez KO 1 2000-12-15 Puerto Rico Carolina Professional debut

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Orlando Cruz - Boxer". Boxrec.com. 1981-07-01. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  2. ^ "Sports News | Latest Sports Results & Fixtures". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  3. ^ "Boxer reveals he is gay". YardBarker. 
  4. ^ "Orlando Cruz 'proudly gay'". ESPN. 4 October 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Orlando Cruz, gay boxer, wins first fight since coming out, USA Today, October 20, 2012
  6. ^ "National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame's Inaugural Class Announced | Out Magazine". Out.com. 2013-06-18. Retrieved 2013-08-25.