Cruz, who is Puerto Rican and ranked the No. 4 featherweight boxer in the world, sent out a statement proclaiming his sexuality and he didn’t mince words:
I want to try to be the best role model I can be for kids who might look in to boxing as a sport and a professional career. I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man.”Boxing centers around machismo and alpha-male posturing, so with his announcement, Cruz has clearly stepped in to an arena where backlash from other fighters could prove to be severe, according to industry experts.