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Gay boxer Orlando Cruz proposes to boyfriend Jose Manuel in a Facebook video - he gets a 'yes'

'I want you to be part of my life and me be part of yours'

Orlando Cruz, the first openly gay professional boxer, is engaged.

Cruz chose to propose to boyfriend Jose Manuel by posting a video on Facebook Wednesday (14 August) morning.

In it he says in part: 'I know you are a person that means a lot to me and that supports my career and respects it which is very important, but above all is always there giving me that push that I need.'

'I want to tell you that you are a very special person in my life. 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.'

Manuel gave Cruz the answer he was looking for in a video of his own: 'I accept marrying you because I love and adore you. You are very special in my life. You have made me really happy.'

Manuel said he was not expecting this proposal - especially on Facebook.

'I am very excited, all the world knows it and all the world will know it,' he said. 'Yes, I do want to marry you because I love you, I love you, I love you very much. We will keep going forward and you will see we will be very happy. I love you, ‘papi’, from my heart. Bye.'

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