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Orlando Cruz a 'proud gay man'

Updated: October 5, 2012, 11:38 AM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Featherweight Orlando Cruz, a 2000 Puerto Rican Olympian and a fringe contender as a professional fighter, has done something unusual in boxing, or in any professional sport: He has publicly announced he is gay.

Cruz, 31, the first openly gay fighter, released a statement in which he called himself a "proud gay man." He told The Associated Press in an interview that he is relieved about his decision but had initial reservations.

"I developed physically and mentally to take such ...

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