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/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">Becoming a world champion for the first time isnt the only motivation driving Orlando Cruz ahead of his WBO lightweight title fight on Saturday. 

Adidas Slater Koekkoek Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> .The Puerto Rican boxer wants to change perceptions, too.I want to quieten the homophobic people talking bad to the LGBT community, Cruz told The Associated Press. I want it more for all the gay athletes in the world.In 2012, Cruz became the first professional boxer to come out as openly homosexual while competing. Initially, he had reservations about making the announcement, considering the macho nature of his sport, but it turned out to be a good decision.Its just been support, support, support, Cruz said about the reaction of the boxing community -- fighters and fans -- toward him over the last four years.All the boxers respect my life, my decision. When Orlando Cruz walks into the ring, Orlando Cruz is separate from my sexual orientation. Orlando Cruz is a professional boxer.Cruz has fought nine times since coming out, one of which was against Mexican boxer Orlando Salido for the WBO featherweight title in 2013. Wearing rainbow-colored shorts to show his support for the gay community, Cruz was stopped in the seventh round.In the past year, he was won four straight fights, collecting continental titles at super featherweight. Now he gets his second shot at a world title in Cardiff, Wales, this weekend, when the 35-year-old Cruz moves up to the lightweight division to fight Terry Flanagan, an undefeated British boxer.When the fight was announced, Cruz spoke of his determination to become the first openly gay world champion.Its a big moment for me, a big moment for my community, a big moment for my country, Puerto Rico, Cruz told the AP in a telephone interview from Cardiff.I want that other (gay) athletes are not scared to walk into the society. Dont be scared. Be happy with your life, and happy with your decision. All people are the same.It will be Cruzs first fight in Europe and he is looking forward to experiencing what is usually an intense atmosphere at the Motorpoint Arena. Cruz, nicknamed El Fenomeno, said he wasnt expecting any hostility toward him from outside the ring.His biggest concern should be Flanagan.The Manchester-born fighter is making the fourth defense of his title since becoming world champion in July last year. He is unbeaten in 31 fights.Hes not tougher, hes just different, Cruz said. My real weight is 130 pounds, so Ive upped by five pounds. Ive trained to get stronger and run more. On Saturday, I need to walk into the ring strong.Cruz believes it is his time. He said he has more mentality, more focus and is comfortable with his life. In February, he married his partner, Jose Manuel Colon, who will watching on TV from their home in Puerto Rico.Its my dream, Cruz said. Its my moment. Cheap Lightning Jerseys China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . 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Rohan Bopanna and his Canadian partner Daniel Nestor beat Lucas Pouille and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (8-6), 6-7 (2-7), 14-12 to reach the mens doubles quarterfinals of Paris Masters on Thursday.?They will face Nicholas Monroe and Jack Sock in the next round.Bopanna-Nestor failed to capitalize on a break-point at 5-4 in the first set, which went into a tiebreak. Trailing 5-6 in the tie-break, they saved a set point, dropped one when they were leading 7-6, but then broke their opponents on the following point to take the first set in 42 minutes.Pouille and Tsonga lost serve oon the ninth game of the second set to trail 4-5. Cheap Lightning Jerseys Authentic/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">. . Bopanna and Nestor had the chance to seal the match on the serve in the following game, but were broken as their opponents held on. 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    />imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">Becoming a world champion for the first time isnt the only motivation driving Orlando Cruz ahead of his...