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Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz announces he's gay

Updated: October 4, 2012, 6:43 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Describing himself as "a proud gay man," Puerto Rican featherweight Orlando Cruz on Thursday became what is believed to be the first pro boxer to come out as openly homosexual while still competing.

Cruz 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 a big step in my life and in my profession, which is boxing, knowing that it would have pros and ...

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