Puerto Rican Orlando Cruz is First Openly Gay Boxer

Stephanie Nolasco

Credit: FOX News Latino Credit: FOX News Latino

Puerto Rican featherweight boxer Orlando Cruz is 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,” said the 31 year old to USA Today. “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, who began boxing at age 7, is the No. 4-ranked featherweight by the World Boxing Organization (WBO). In 2000, he joined the Puerto Rican Olympic Team in Sydney alongside former world champions and fellow Latinos Miguel Cotto and Ivan Calderon. Cruz won his first title in 2008.

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