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Boxer, Orlando Cruz Comes Out

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History has been made today in the boxing world, as featherweight boxer Orlando Cruz has come out as a "proud gay man."

The Puerto Rican native, 31, 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."

He then went on to say, "I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man."

Cruz is a former Olympian (from the Sydney Olympics no less). Cruz has been fighting professionally since December 2000. His next fight is scheduled for Oct. 19 2012.

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