|Openly gay boxer Orlando Cruz (left)|
Cruz, 31, the first openly gay fighter, released a statement on Wednesday calling himself a "proud gay man."
"I've been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself," Cruz said. "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."
Yes, Orlando. You should be very proud!! I know I am very proud of you!! The LGBT community owes you a huge debt of gratitude!
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