Orlando Cruz, first openly gay pro boxer, announces engagement

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rican gay boxer Orlando Cruz has proposed marriage to his partner Jose Manuel after recently announcing he was gay.

Cruz says on Twitter that he has taken an important step in his life and he wants happiness for both of them.

Orlando Cruz and his fiance Jose Manuel.

“I’d like to say, and share it with your friends, and with my friends: Do you want to marry me?” Cruz said on a video of about 2 minutes posted on the social media site on Wednesday. “It’s an important step, it’s a step I’ve thought about, it’s a step that we have thought about.”

Cruz also mentioned the proposal on his Twitter account, saying that he had taken an important step in his life and that he wants happiness for him and his partner as a couple.

The timing and location of the wedding was unknown. Same-sex marriage is not allowed in Puerto Rico, or in Florida, where Cruz has a home.

Cruz, 32, announced his sexual orientation in October, becoming what is believed to be the first pro boxer to come out as openly homosexual while still competing.

The boxer is a featherweight fighter and is 20-2-1 with 10 knockouts.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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