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2nd And 3rd Pro Boxers Come Out...As a Couple: VIDEO

Esteche and Gimenez

Boxing is one of those sports where people don't typically expect to find gay competitors - well, people who don't actually know gay people don't expect them to be there, anyway. Part of what made Orlando Cruz's coming out so spectacular was that it showed the world that gays really do cover the spectrum and can be found in any sport.

Now we have a second and third boxer to come out while still active in the sport, Blabbeando reports. Argentinian Ana Laura "La Monita" Esteche just won the light welterweight championship for the World Boxing Association, and in the post-competition interview she thanked "her woman and my mother-in-law."

"Her woman" is Johanna "Yoki" Giménez, with the pink hair above. Giménez also just so happens to be a WBA professional boxer, and the two work out together daily, waking up as early as 5am to train. Esteche is confident in coming out, saying: 

It's that it's something that you should not hide, after all happiness is not something you should hide, it's something to be shared and I - we - are happy.

Photo courtesy of Martín Canevaro and the 100% Diversity & Rights collective.

You can see Esteche's Spanish-language interview AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Aguante la Monita!!! <3

    Posted by: Juan Cruz | Jan 29, 2014 9:10:35 AM

  2. Female boxing is disgusting and should be banned. These women need to realize that women's bodies are not designed to sustain blows to the upper body. Just because you're lesbians, it doesn't mean you should be celebrated for such a disgusting sport.

    Posted by: jason | Jan 29, 2014 9:34:51 AM

  3. @jason - A man telling women as a class what they can and cannot do with their bodies. Hmm, where have I heard that song before?

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Jan 29, 2014 9:38:20 AM

  4. Jason's comments are disgusting and should be banned.

    Posted by: crispy | Jan 29, 2014 10:05:35 AM

  5. I think we should just ignore the troll commenter. He's obviously an idiot or trying to get a rise out of everybody or both because everything he writes is the exact opposite of what a rational human being would think and is just laughably stupid!

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Jan 29, 2014 10:47:43 AM

  6. I'm not a fan of either male or female boxing, because I think it's barbaric, but I am happy for this two in their personal lives.

    Also, Jason, you are the worst.

    Posted by: Mikey | Jan 29, 2014 10:59:48 AM

  7. You mean boxing is one of those sports where you don't expect to find gay MALE competitors.. If females are boxing you'd think it's likely they are lesbians. Anyway, good for them :)

    Posted by: Luke | Jan 29, 2014 11:04:00 AM

  8. Jason, go f*ck yourself. This is one of those times I would love to meet you personally and kick your sorry ass clear into next year.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 29, 2014 11:48:21 AM

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