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Boxer Orlando Cruz wins first match since coming out

Boxer Orlando Cruz wins first match since coming out

Two weeks ago, boxer Orlando Cruz came out as gay. Yesterday, in a boxing match against Jorge Pazos, he won his first fight since doing so. "That was my moment, my opportunity, my event," Cruz told ESPN. "And I won."

Talking about the support he's received since his pioneering decision to come out of the closet, he said, "I was very happy that they respect me. That's what I want - for them to see me as a boxer, as an athlete and as a man in every sense of the word."

Who knows whether his openness about his sexuality helped him with the match, but one thing is undeniable: he entered the ring with more confidence than ever before. "I feel happy where I am," he said. "I'm free. I'm more at peace."

Here's to hoping his newfound centre helps him win his "dream" world title!

 
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I'm sorry, you're right, the
I'm sorry, you're right, the source I was using made that claim and since my athleticism doesn't go beyond plucking my eyebrows I went along with it. But you're right, I should know better.

I didn't mean to offend, and thanks for pointing it out.

-Raziel
"...making him the first
"...making him the first active athlete in a major sport to do so."

Do your homework. He is FAR from the first active athlete in a major sport to come out.

First of all, you're conveniently ignoring all the out female athletes. Is tennis a major sport? Navratilova and Billie Jean King. Is soccer a major sport? Angerer, Rapinoe. Is basketball a major sport? Cheryl Swoopes and Seimone Augustus. If we're talking about men, you're forgetting Justin Fashanu, Anton Hysen and David Testo (soccer), Steven Davies (cricket), and Gareth Thomas (rugby).

These are examples off the top of my head, names and stories that would have shown up in a Google search.
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