Gay boxer Orlando Cruz defeats Jorge Pazos in Florida
Orlando Cruz retained his WBO Latino Featherweight Championship in his first fight since revealing he is gay.
Puerto Rican Cruz, 31, gained a unanimous points victory over Mexican Jorge Pazos to retain his title.
The judges in Florida scored the fight 118-110, 116-111 and 118-110 in Cruz's favour.
"I was happy that the crowd respect me. That's what I want - they see me as a boxer, an athlete and as a man in every sense of the word," said Cruz.
He added: "This fight's going to open my door for a world title fight. That's my dream, my mum's dream, my community's dream and my team's dream.
"I'm only one person. I feel happy with where I am. I'm free. I'm more at peace."
Cruz has now won 19 of his 22 professional contests.