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Orlando Cruz beats Jorge Pazos

Updated: October 20, 2012, 11:02 AM ET
Associated Press

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- These past two weeks have weighed heavily on Orlando Cruz.

But as soon as he walked out to a cheering crowd displaying flags of his native Puerto Rico, boxing's first openly gay fighter could finally breathe and do what he came to do, slugging his way to a victory by unanimous decision over Jorge Pazos.

"That was my moment, my opportunity, my event," Cruz said Friday night after the bout, his mother, Dominga Torres-Rivera, seated beside him. "And I won."

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