Matchroom have announced the signing of Cuba’s talented Olympic gold medallist Andy Cruz.
The 27 year old built his reputation by defeating the promising Keyshawn Davis to become the lightweight champion at Tokyo 2020, and it is at lightweight where he will campaign as a professional.
“That will be the type of fighter you will see in me – the fighter who wants to make the most of every opportunity that comes his way,” Cruz said. “The boxer who will not only enjoy what he does but who will do it knowing that he is not doing it just for himself; that he also does it for the team that helped him get to where he is, but above all for the public that never even abandoned him in the most difficult moments.
“For the first time in a long time I feel that what I'm going to do with my career will benefit me not only personally but will also benefit my family and my family already suffered too much because of me. Now it's their turn to enjoy my sacrifice to the fullest, and I promise you all will see a fighter who will sacrifice to the fullest to reach the top of professional boxing.”
“I am delighted to welcome Andy to the stable,” said Eddie Hearn. “Andy is one of the most sought-after fighters to make the switch to the pro code, and we are honoured to be trusted with the career of such a talented man.”
Given the presence of the undisputed champion Devin Haney, Gervonta Davis, Shakur Stevenson and Vasyl Lomachenko, Cruz will be competing in the world’s most talent-filled division.