But I don't like that word: Inhis chance to become the first openly gay boxing champion came and went in brutal fashion. He defeated middleweight contender Holly Mims but was knocked out in one round by Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. News Corp HarperCollins Marketwatch realtor. Trending Now in Sports. Cruz, however, has been here before.
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Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Such is Cruz's influence in the gay community and wider sporting world, Jason Collins -- the first openly gay active basketball player -- contacted him to say he's an inspiration for "coming out of the closet. He said he was sorry and that he respects me and the gay community a lot. March Learn how and when to remove this template message. Griffith won the bout by knockout; Paret never recovered consciousness and died in the hospital 10 days later.
March Learn how and when to remove this template message. Paret's manager was also criticized for not retiring his boxer with a timely throwing in of the towel during the beating. He traveled there earlier this year to train for a boxing match. Commonwealth Convention CenterLouisville, Kentucky. Flanagan, his opponent on Saturday, is open in his admiration of Cruz's courage to come out to the public. When the fight arrived, Griffith unloaded on Paret with a vengeance, landing 27 unanswered punches in succession.