He’ll be the first publicly gay boxer to get the opportunity to win the World Boxing Organization lightweight championship title.
‘I’ve always been a proud gay boxer,” Puerto Rico’s professional boxer Orlando Cruz told The Daily Mail. “Now I will become the first openly gay world champion.”
Cruz, who often wears rainbow-colored shorts in solidarity with the LGBT community, is set to fight against current undefeated champion Terry Flanagan on Nov. 26.
Cruz won 25 out of his 30 fights, with one draw and the remaining four were losses.
The 35-year-old came out of the closet in 2012, making him the first boxer to publicly declare his homosexuality while still professionally active. He is currently married to his husband Juan Manuel Colon.
In 2013, Cruz was inducted to the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame alongside transgender male triathlete Chris Mosier and professional football player Jerry Smith.