Orlando Cruz (right) and his husband José Manuel Colón (Pic: Alchemy Imageworks / Facebook)
Puerto Rico’s Orlando Cruz, the world’s first openly gay professional boxer, has married his boyfriend in New York City.
Wearing matching white tuxedos, Cruz and his long-time partner, José Manuel Colón, tied the knot on Saturday in Central Park.
According to the Washington Blade, the ceremony was officiated by New York City Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito.
“Giving thanks to my heavenly father for one more day of life and with [my] husband José Manuel in it,” wrote Cruz on his Facebook page the next day.
In August, the 32-year-old fighter proposed to Colón in a video posted on the social network.
“I am a little nervous, but I want to tell you and share with your friends and my friends if you want to marry me. I want you to be part of my life and me be part of yours,” he said at the time.
Cruz came out as a “proud gay man” to massive worldwide attention in October last year saying that he wanted to be a role model to young people.
He went on to win two fights but lost his bid for the world featherweight title last month.
Cruz has become known for wearing rainbow shorts and pink gloves during his bouts in the ring.