Chasing peace

Boxer Orlando Cruz reflects on his history-making -- and life-changing -- year

Originally Published: November 29, 2012
By LZ Granderson | ESPN The Magazine

On Oct. 19, Orlando Cruz beat Jorge Pazos to improve his career record to 19-2-1. More significant, however, is that two weeks earlier the 31-year-old featherweight became the first active boxer to come out of the closet. As Cruz explains, his decision to reveal his sexuality in such a violent sport brings him one step closer to something he's been chasing his whole life: peace.

I KNEW I WAS GAY at 18. I didn't come out earlier because of fear. It was ...

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