Boxer Orlando Cruz Wins First Bout Since Coming Out

Light featherweight champ Orlando Cruz has won his first fight since announcing he was gay, beating opponent Jorge Pazos in a unanimous decision Friday night.

The fourth-ranked Puerto Rican boxer, who has a 19-2-1 record with nine KOs, was reportedly confident throughout the rumble, which went down in the Kissimmee Civic Center near Orlando.

Before the match, Cruz told the AP he did feel “a little bit of pressure” about the whole situation: “The first few days were like a bucket of cold water… but it is something that I had to do. I’m not doing it for ratings—I answer all the questions now so that I can then concentrate on my career, which is what’s important for me.”

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