Orlando Cruz lost the chance to become first gay world boxing champion

Cruz fighting to win world title change perceptions

The man everyone in Wales came to see, Liam Williams made up for his fight with Ahmet Patterson falling through by claiming a fringe version of the WBO belt against Gabor Gorbics.

Cruz said before the fight: "Terry Flanagan is a true World Champion and will defend his title with everything he has".

Cruz came out as gay in 2012 and this defeat marked the 10th fight since the announcement.

'The first person I told was my best friend - that's my mum.

Puerto Rico's Orlando Cruz is determined to make history by becoming boxing's first openly gay World Champion.

Terry Flanagan successfully held off the challenge of Orlando Cruz to retain his WBO lightweight title. "Look, it was very courageous of Orlando to come out but I'm not interested in either his sexuality or his personal life".

Briton Flanagan said beforehand he respected Cruz's position as his own sister, Chelsea, was openly gay. As for Flanagan, at age 27 he seems to be at his peak and the Manchester man known as "Turbo" would have to be given a great chance against any other 135-pounder in the world today.

This year he'll also be able to look out at his husband, Jose, who will reportedly be watching him from the stands, and he hopes that his openness about his sexuality will help to make an impact no matter the outcome of Saturday's fight.

"I've been feeling the love from the British people since I arrived here on Monday".

Cruz did all he could in dancing around, his agility making the more stolid Flanagan work for his 32nd win as the latter maintained his unbeaten ring record.

'Once I hurt him, he didn't want to know, ' said Flanagan after the fight. "I am very happy to be here in Cardiff and fighting for another World title".

Flanagan looked to be in control from the outset and brought Cruz to the floor in the eighth round. "I'm only interested in him as a boxer; an opponent".

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