Patricio Manuel, a transgender boxer, earned the third win of his professional career earlier this month when he defeated Alex Gutierrez via unanimous decision in a four-round super featherweight bout.
Manuel, 37, was the first transgender boxer to compete at the professional level when he made his debut in 2018. He also earned a unanimous decision at the time, this time over Hugo Aguilar.
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«I got another victory, they gave me some points, I was with my people, I did what I love with sacrifices but without compromises… overall, 10/10,» Manuel wrote on his Instagram of the June 8 win over Gutierrez.
«Thank you to my team and training partners for the guidance and help, @heather_mcfeatherr for the weight cut, @goldenboy for the chance to compete on a big stage, my opponent for saying yes and everyone who cheered me on, both in the stands. or on the screen.
«Filled with gratitude that this is the life that I have consciously built for myself. And that I get to share it with so many wonderful people.»
Manuel is now 3-0 since turning pro on the men’s circuit. He defeated Hien Huynh in March.
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He returned to the national spotlight in January when he criticized the World Boxing Council for the organization’s decision to create a separate category for transgender boxers.
«It breaks my heart that the WBC, a leader in my sport, argues that I have no place in the ring as a man,» Manuel said in a statement via Athlete Ally.
«Given the WBC’s stated values of sportsmanship, diversity and respect (through its philanthropic arm WBC Cares), I am confident that this planned new policy was made with the best of intentions to include transgender boxers. However, in reality, the WBC is inherently dehumanizing transgender people by implying that trans men are not men and trans women are not women.This rhetoric goes against existing policies at the highest level of governing bodies in the world of sport and my own lived experience».
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Manuel made the medical transition in 2013.