And finally tonight, the boxer and the fight of his life. This weekend, orlando cruz becomes the first openly gay boxer with a real chance to win the world title. But he also hopes to achieve much... See More
And finally tonight, the boxer and the fight of his life. This weekend, orlando cruz becomes the first openly gay boxer with a real chance to win the world title. But he also hopes to achieve much more. Abc's linsey davis and a beloved producer at abc news, michael scott, bring you the boxer who is "america strong." As a boxer, he's fearless. But it's what he's been wrestling with that's proved the toughest fight of his life. It's my moment right now. It's my time. Reporter: Now training for saturday's world featherweight championship fight, 32-year-old orlando cruz says for years he's battled a fear far more threatening than any opponent. Reporter: I'm in a sport that's very macho. Sometimes in the ring people would shout gay slurs at me before I came out. After the fight, I would cry with my mom. But last october, he didn't pull any punches. Announcing to the world that he's gay. Telling usa today I have and will always be a proud puerto rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man. Then, just this summer, in another courageous move, he proposed to his long-time boyfriend on facebook. I don't recall very many, if any, professional openly gay male athlete be considered the best in their sport. He puts his name in the history books. Reporter: Alongside other pro athletes like jason collinss, rogers all recently coming out inspiring younger gay athletes like this athlete. I struggled with, okay, can i keep this a secret until I'm done playing sports? That really take acetol on a person. Reporter: And now, with this burdened off cruz's shoulders -- I am free. Reporter: He is fighting to break barriers, to dispel steotypes and to simply inspire, more than a boxer, that makes him "america strong." For abc news in new york, linsey davis, in memory of producer michael scott.
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