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
“It's hard training,” Cruz said. “Hard, very hard
On his decision to come out gay last October, Cruz said it was
“I want respect, that's it. It's my decision, it's my life,”
Cruz added that 95 percent of comments he's received have been
supportive. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit
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boxer Orland Cruz proposes marriage.)