Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz 'proud to be gay'

Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz becomes the first active boxer within the sport to be openly gay.

Puerto Rica's Orlando Cruz has announced to the boxing world that he is a "proud gay man" and hopes to inspire young fighters coming through the sport.

The 31-year-old, who is ranked fourth out of the best featherweights in the world, confirmed his sexuality by releasing a statement to the Boxing Scene website.

"As I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself," said Cruz. "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 become the first boxer that is still competing in the ring to publicly come out as gay.

Tony Bellew
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