Orlando Cruz's historic night

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October 20, 2012

We all know the story of the athlete who reveals his sexual orientation when he has retired. Not Cruz. This dude shared his bit of news a couple of weeks before the biggest fight of his career (he is the fourth-ranked WBO featherweight), as if scampering around in an 18-foot ring weren't enough pressure.

And, in doing so, he decided, albeit indirectly, to carry the weight of a movement on his narrow shoulders, if but for a little while.

Now, it's Cruz (19-2-1, 9 KOs) who gets to look ignorance in the face and say "I told you so," and the gay community of which he is a part gets to share in that victory.