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Orlando Cruz retained his WBO Latino Featherweight Championship in his first fight since revealing he is gay.
Puerto Rican Cruz, 31, gained a unanimous points victory over Mexican Jorge Pazos to retain his title
The judges in Florida scored the fight 118-110, 116-111 and 118-110 in Cruz’s favour.
“I was happy that the crowd respect me. That’s what I want – they see me as a boxer, an athlete and as a man in every sense of the word,” said Cruz.
He added: “This fight’s going to open my door for a world title fight. That’s my dream, my mum’s dream, my community’s dream and my team’s dream.
“I’m only one person. I feel happy with where I am. I’m free. I’m more at peace.”
Cruz has now won 19 of his 22 professional contests.