The bright camera lights highlight his carefully styled beard, rugged features and defined cheekbones. Orlando Cruz looks every inch the archetypal tough, Central American boxer.
Deeply embedded in two worlds boxing and Puerto Rico that are founded in machismo, Cruz has also become a gay icon to thousands.
On Saturday, Cruz has the chance to create history should he beat Britain’s Terry Flanagan for the WBO lightweight title, the 35-year-old will become the first ever openly gay world champion.
Boxing, like many other sports, is yet to fully open its arms to the idea of a gay athlete, something Cruz has unsurprisingly experienced first-hand.
Source : Internet