Featherweight Jorge Pazos (20-4, 13 KOs) arrived Wednesday at Orlando International Airport in advance of next Friday’s October 19 bout against Orlando Cruz. Cruz just last week announced he was a “proud gay man,” – the first active boxer having pronounced so, in boxing history.
“The simple fact that he declared himself a homosexual does not take anything away that he’s a great boxer. He has two hands and two legs to move around and it’s going to be a great fight,” said Pazos, from Guamuchi, Sinaloa, Mexico, who is fighting for only the second time outside his home country.
“Well, I feel great being here in Orlando Kissimmee, well yes I come very well prepared; I have 8 weeks of preparation, we are ready and waiting for fight night.”
Cruz (18-2-1, 9 KOs), from San Juan, Puerto Rico, was a member of the 2000 Puerto Rico Olympic Team and is and currently ranked #4 featherweight by the WBO. Cruz will defend his WBO NABO featherweight title against Pazos and a win against should position Cruz for a world title shot.