Orlando Cruz, 31, has made boxing history, but it's not for something he did inside the ring. Instead, he took a brave step forward in his life and revealed that he's gay. Cruz, the #4 ranked featherweight fighter by the WBO from Puerto Rico, also happens to be the first openly gay man in the sport.    

"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. I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man."

Cruz (18-2-1, 9 KOs) could see a major title shot in the near future, if he is able to successfully defend his WBO NABO title against Jorge Pazos on October 19th.

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[via USA Today]