Out boxer Orlando Cruz wants to win for LGBT community

Orlando Cruz could become the world's first out, gay boxing champion.
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Out boxer Orlando Cruz could make history as the first gay world champion on Saturday, November 26, at the MotorPoint Arena in Cardiff, as he goes up against Terry Flanagan.

Originally from Puerto Rico, Cruz, says his opponent is a formidable challenger, but this win would mean more than just a victory for himself.

"Terry Flanagan is a true World Champion and will defend his title with everything he has," said Cruz.

"However, I am prepared and ready for victory and to be crowned the new World Champion. I want to inspire the gay community by becoming a World Champion on Saturday."

Cruz goes on to say that he respects Flanagan for many reasons.

“Terry is a great Champion and a real people’s person,” said Cruz. “More importantly, he respects my life and my choices. He sees the man boxing him and that is it. Everyone has been very supportive since I came out three years ago. I have the support of my family, friends and fans.”

Cruz, who stands 5-feet 4-inch tall made history in 2013 when he came out publicly.

He lost to Orlando Salido for the Vacant World Featherweight Championship that same year. But he hopes Saturday night’s fight will result in his winning if only to inspire others in the LGBT community.

“When I look at my story, it makes me hopeful that more people will be inspired to come out. Right now my focus is fully on the big fight on Saturday and winning the WBO Lightweight belt.”

The Cruz vs. Flanagan fight will be exclusively live-streamed on BoxNation and in not readily available for viewing in the United States.