Boxer Patricio Manuel became the first transgender man to compete in a professional boxing match on Saturday, defeating Hugo Aguilar by unanimous decision at the the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.

Manuel, who last fought as a woman in 2012, told the Los Angeles Times that he "wouldn't trade any of" his journey. 


"I wouldn’t trade any of it. It was worth everything I went through to get to this point. I’m a professional boxer now," Manuel said. 

“The best part of tonight — once I got to the arena and starting getting ready, get the adrenaline rushing, step through those ropes, [greet] my opponent — I loved it all," he added.

During the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, Manuel had to withdraw after one fight because of a shoulder injury.
In Manuel's return to a professional boxing ring on Saturday, all three judges scored the fight 39-37 in favor of him. He told the Times that he would continue to fight next year, after the holidays. 

“I’m going to take some time off, enjoy the holidays and then fight at the end of February. That’s the goal," he said. "I definitely want to keep going. It’s been so long since I fought. The rust has been shaken off. Now it’s time to keep moving."