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Pro Boxer Orlando Cruz Becomes First Openly Gay Professional Fighter

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Max Grunner

One week before National Coming Out Day, Puerto Rican pro boxer Orlando Cruz has become the first openly gay professional fighter.

Cruz turned pro following the Sydney Olympics in 2000 — he has been boxing since he was seven and has won seven national titles and seven international gold medal since beginning his prolific career.

The 31-year-old featherweight champion released a statement to the media saying:

I’ve been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself.

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 is scheduled to fight Jorge Pazos next, who may be a bit hesitant to get too close to the champ now that he’s made it known he loves men.

There’s nothing wrong with being a homosexual, and its quite respectable that Cruz had the confidence to come out publicly while he is still an active fighter. However, it will definitely hurt his image as fighting is a predominately heterosexual sport. Maybe they’ll bring in some “ring boys” for Cruz’s upcoming fight !?

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Photo Credit: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Max Grunner

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