Boxer Orlando Cruz came out in October 2012, and months later, he said he hoped coming out would make him a better boxer. "Until now, I have kept my personal life and my career strictly separate from each other. No one was supposed to know that I'm gay. This game of hide-and-seek was incredibly strenuous, and it took a lot of energy out of me. Now I'm hoping that I can put that energy into my training."
As far as the reactions, they were mostly positive, and Cruz said that he felt the support from fans. "I had the feeling that the spectators accepted me," he said. "My opponent, the Mexican Jorge Pazos, had said beforehand that what I did outside the ring was none of his business. I think that is the right attitude."