Trans boxer Pat “Cacahuate” Manuel is will make history on Saturday when he competes in his first professional fight at Fantasy Springs Casino near Palm Springs.
In a post shared on Instagram, 34-year-old Manuel says he’s set to be the “first visible transgender man to enter the ring as a professional boxer.”
“It’s been a long time coming,” Manuel says, “and I’m super excited to show the world that I deserve the opportunity to compete against men just like anyone else.”
Manuel first made headlines when the Los Angeles Times chronicled his transition. He started his transition in 2013 and had surgery in 2014.
Prior to his transition, Manuel made the Olympic trials for the 2012 U.S. women’s boxing team, but was sidelined due to an injury.
He has been petitioning California for some time to allow him to fight professionally as a trans man. Now, that dream that is finally being realized.
Tomorrow, he will compete in a four-round super featherweight bout against Hugo Aguilar, a professional boxer from Mexico.
Scroll down for pics from Manuel’s Instagram page…
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