"It is a macho sport — there's a lot of machismo. I was afraid I could be discriminated against because there is a lot of discrimination against the gay community. This fight is important for me because I am now liberated. I made history (but) I want to be respected. [I'm] Single — no boyfriend. I don't want one. I want a world championship. It's my dream, the most important thing in my life. The title belt is my new boyfriend. When I finish boxing, I want people to remember me: 'Orlando Cruz was gay — and he was a good boxer and a good guy.'" - Newly out pro boxer and Olympian Orlando Cruz
, speaking to USA Today.
Should Cruz win tonight's match, he will be in position to fight for the world championship early next year.
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