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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) — A former Olympic boxing hopeful became the first transgender male to fight professionally over the weekend. Patricio Manuel won his professional fighting debut in California Saturday, almost two years after last stepping in the ring.
Manuel defeated Hugo Aguilar in a four-round unanimous decision, and was met with loud boos from fans ringside.
“I think people knew what it took to get to this moment. I just got to say, my opponent — my hat’s off to him. He came here to fight. He was fighting me the whole time. He fought me as a man and I have so much respect for him,” Manuel said. “I hear some fans aren’t happy. It’s okay. I’ll be back. I’ll make you happy then.”
Manuel competed as a women in the 2012 Olympic trials. He later began hormone treatment to transition into a man in 2014, followed by surgery in 2015.
WBZ NewsRadio1030's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports