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Boxer Orlando Cruz Wins Second Match Since Coming Out

By Sunnivie Brydum

Featherweight boxer Orlando Cruz, who last year made history by becoming the first professional boxer to come out as gay while still competing, Saturday night scored his second victory since coming out. 

Cruz, whose nickname is "The Phenomenon," defeated Aalan "The Bomber" Martinez in a sixth-round technical knockout at Kissimmee, Florida's Civic Center, reports Blabbeando. Cruz is now a contender for the World Boxing Organization's featherweight championship belt, according to Blabbeando.

During the fight, Cruz wore a multicolor boxing kilt with Puerto Rican and rainbow flags as a nod to his nationality and sexual orientation. During the sixth round, Cruz climbed the ropes and pointed to the rainbow flag on his trunks, earning enthusiastic approval from the crowd, reports OutSports.

After his victory, Cruz took to Twitter to thank God, his grandmother, trainers, and the LGBT community, tweeting in Spanish, "I love you and carry you with me."

Read more about Cruz's latest victory and watch video of the fight at Blabbeando

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