Orlando Cruz says coming out gay was about respect

Thu. September 26, 2013 7:49 AM by OnTopMag.com

Puerto Rican boxer Orlando "The Phenomenon" Cruz says his decision to come out gay was about respect.

The 32-year-old Cruz is training to fight Mexico's Orlando Salido for the vacant WBO featherweight title. The October 12 fight will take place at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

In remarks to UK's The Guardian, Cruz said that he was training hard, often three times a day, in preparation for next month's fight.

"It's hard training," Cruz said. "Hard, very hard training."

On his decision to come out gay last October, Cruz said it was about respect

"I want respect, that's it. It's my decision, it's my life," he said.

Cruz added that 95 percent of comments he's received have been supportive. 

(Related: Gay boxer Orland Cruz proposes marriage.)

Editor's Note: Orlando Cruz was among the first class of honorees inducted into the Chicago-based National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame on Aug. 2, 2013. (Read more)

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