October 8th, 2012
08:00 PM ET

Boxer comes out fighting

By Jim Kavanagh, CNN

Boxer Orlando Cruz is one tough man.

He had 179 wins and just 10 losses as an amateur and boxed for Puerto Rico in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. He went 17-0-1 in his first 18 professional fights, earning him the nickname El Fenomeno (The Phenom). He now boasts a pro record of 18-2-1, with 9 knockouts. He owns championship belts from the World Boxing Organization and International Boxing Association and is the fourth-ranked fighter in the WBO's featherweight (126-pound) class.

He has bulging biceps, a chiseled chest, a brilliant smile and a lot of mean-looking tattoos.

And last week he let the world know he's gay.

"It's 12 years I'm waiting (to approach) this subject," Cruz, 31, told CNN. "It's amazing, you know? I'm happy." FULL POST

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