Cuban Olympian Andy Cruz targets July debut

On May 6th, Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing made an exciting long-term deal by signing the talented Cuban amateur lightweight, Andy Cruz. The Cuban fighter, who recently won the gold medal in the Lightweight division at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, has been making waves in the boxing world.

Cruz's journey to Olympic gold was nothing short of remarkable. He showcased his exceptional skills by defeating Keyshawn Davis in the delayed games held in August 2021. His dominant performance in the ring caught the attention of boxing enthusiasts worldwide. Additionally, Cruz secured an impressive third consecutive AIBA World Championship gold at Light-Welterweight in Serbia just three months after his Olympic triumph. However, his success did not come as a surprise, as he had already been earning medals at the World Championships in Germany and Russia in 2017 and 2019.

Eddie Hearn, Cruz's promoter, holds high praise for the 27-year-old boxer, stating that he could potentially become the best fighter in the lightweight division. Hearn expressed his belief that Cruz possesses the unparalleled talent, remarking, "After watching 30 years of boxing, you are the best talent I’ve ever seen from amateurs to the pro ranks."

Eddie went into some details regarding the Cuban boxer’s professional debut, “He’s going to start with ten rounds in July, and I’ll say it now. You’ve heard me ranting & raving about Shakur Stevenson, and I think he’s unbelievable. I would back Andy Cruz against any lightweight in the world now. This kid is unbelievable, and I am so blessed to secure his signature. It is a major, major coup.”

When asked who Cruz could fight in his first professional contest, Hearn said, “It could land in Michigan with Alycia Baumgardner and others. I’m just looking to finalize that now, but he’ll be straight into a ten-round championship fight.”

Excitement surrounds Cruz's professional debut, which is set to take place in July. Hearn has planned a ten-round championship fight for him, emphasizing his confidence in Cruz's abilities. Hearn even compared Cruz favorably to other top fighters in the lightweight division, such as Shakur Stevenson, further cementing his high expectations for the Cuban phenom.

Despite facing challenges on his journey, including a disagreement with the team coach that resulted in his removal from a scheduled event in Mexico, Cruz remains undeterred. He managed to leave Cuba legally and is now focused on making an immediate impact in the lightweight division. Cruz's ultimate goal extends beyond personal success. He aims to support his family through his professional boxing career, acknowledging the sacrifices they made throughout his journey. With a renewed sense of purpose, Cruz is determined to give his all to reach the pinnacle of professional boxing.

The signing with Matchroom Boxing and Eddie Hearn marks a turning point in Cruz's career. He expressed gratitude to New Champion Promotions for partnering with Matchroom, stating, "I now have the best promotion company in the world in my corner." Cruz also extended his thanks to everyone who supported him, promising to exceed any expectations placed upon him.

As Andy Cruz transitions from the amateur ranks to the professional stage, the boxing world eagerly awaits his future matchups. With his exceptional skills, decorated amateur background, and the backing of a renowned promoter, Cruz's journey in the lightweight division promises to be nothing short of extraordinary.

Considering the presence of Devin Haney, the undisputed champion, along with Gervonta Davis, Shakur Stevenson, and Vasyl Lomachenko, Cruz will enter a talent-laden realm of the lightweight division. The lightweight division boasts an array of formidable opponents, each with their own unique skills and accomplishments. However, with his impressive amateur background and the support of Matchroom Boxing, Cruz is poised to make a significant impact in this highly competitive landscape.

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