Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz comes out

Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz comes out

Featherweight boxer Orlando Cruz, from Puerto Rico, has become the first openly gay man in the sport’s history, describing himself Wednesday as a “proud gay man.”

“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.”

Cruz, 31, began boxing at age 7, and his amateur
career culminated in his selection to the 2000 Puerto Rican Olympic Team
in Sydney.

Cruz debuted as a professional in 2000 and won his first world title
(vacant IBA, a lesser title) on March 22, 2008. His next fight is Oct.
19 in Kissimmee, Fla., when he will defend his WBO NABO title against
Jorge Pazos. A win could put Cruz in line for a major title shot.

Via USAToday