It's a first for the boxing world, as featherweight boxer Orlando Cruz has come out.
The Puerto Rican native, 31, told USA Today: "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 has been boxing since he was seven and has won seven national titles and seven international gold medals. He turned pro after the Sydney Olympic Games and won his first professional fight on 15 December 2000 against Alfredo Valdez. For his next fight he will be taking on Jorge Pazos in Florida on 19 October.
According to BoxRec, Cruz is currently the No. 2 ranked featherweight in the United States and will be hoping to defend his WBO Latino featherweight title.
Lustralboy welcomes Orlando Cruz to the expanding list of out gay professional sportsmen including retired Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas, Swedish footballer Anton Hysen, England cricketer Steven Davies, Aussie diver, Matthew Mitcham, all of them featured in our stories below.
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