First Openly Gay Boxer Has a Chance at the World Title

Orlando Cruz opens up about his inner struggles and his decision to come out.
2:14 | 10/10/13

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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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