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Orlando Cruz Wins First Boxing Match Post-Coming Out!

Orlando Cruz Wins First Boxing Match Post-Coming Out! Print
Written by Instinct Staff | Sunday, 21 October 2012
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With the entire boxing world watching, Orlando Cruz was victorious on Friday in his first boxing match since coming out as a gay man!
He won the bout in a unanimous decision: 118-110, 116-111, 118-110
He reacts after the jump!
"That was my moment, my opportunity, my event. And I won." Cruz said Friday night according to The Associated Press.
Cruz received a lot of public support and it didn't go unnoticed by the boxer. He said, "I was very happy that they respect me. That's what I want -- them to see me as a boxer, as an athlete and as a man in every sense of the word."
His opponent, Jorge Pazos was also complimentary, saying: "He's a boxer who moves too much, he knows how to box and he has good legs. I couldn't get him."
Cruz has his sights set on the world championship. "This fight's going to open my door for a world title fight," he said. "That's my dream, my mom's dream, my community's dream and my team's."
Asked about his new position as a gay role model, Cruz said, "I'm only one person. I feel happy with where I am. I'm free. I'm more at peace."
Congrats on your victory, Orlando!

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