Featherweight boxer Orlando Cruz from Puerto Rico has become the first openly gay man in the sport’s history.
“I’ve been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself,” he explains.
“I want to try to be the best role model I can be for kids who might look into boxing as a sport and a professional career.
“I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man.”
31-year-old is ranked the fourth-best featherweight on the planet by the World Boxing Organisation.
He’s been boxing since he was seven years old, and has won seven national titles and seven international gold medals. As an amateur, Cruz represented Puerto Rico at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
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