Boxer Orlando Cruz has come out as a gay man.

He 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.”

He is the first to speak openly about being gay while active in the sport of boxing.

Congrats, Orlando, on being that brave and comfortable to share this revelation.

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