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Orlando Cruz

Photograph By Benjamin Lowy for ESPN The Magazine

Puerto Rico's flag is stitched into his trunks, a reminder of the island's boxing tradition. But Cruz worried about the impact his announcement might have on his countrymen. "I didn't want anyone to look down on us," he says. "But&all Puerto Rico champions support me."