Orlando Cruz, who came out in 2012 and was the first openly gay boxer, is holding a boxing match later tonight in memory of the Pulse victims.
Cruz will fight Alejandro “Alex” Valdez in Kissimmee, FL, which is less than an hour from the Pulse nightclub, where only a month ago a madman shot and killed 49 people and injured many others.
Cruz lost a friend in the shooting; he was close with Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, who tragically died at Pulse. Cruz told BuzzFeed: “Gay people have rights just like everybody else and everyone needs to realize that we deserve to live openly and happy.”
Earlier this week, Cruz visited Pulse and the makeshift memorial. He is also planning on wearing special boxing trunks and will take part in a 49-bell salute in memory of the fallen. In addition, Cruz is supporting a voting awareness campaign aimed at Latino’s in Florida.
Good luck at the boxing match, Cruz. We predict you win by knockout in 3 rounds!
Telemundo Network available in HD will televise main event starting at 11:35pm.