‘Greatest Ever Signing’: Introducing Matchroom’s Newest Recruit
Eddie Hearn has announced that Cuban amateur sensation Andy Cruz has signed a long-term deal with Matchroom Boxing. At Big Fight Weekend, we are in awe of the stacked lightweight division, with Gervonta “Tank” Davis, Devin Haney and Vasiliy Lomachenko at the top table among many others. Adding Cruz into the mix is a tantalising prospect, and we are excited to introduce you to Matchroom’s newest recruit.
Matchroom Announce Andy Cruz Signing
✍️ WE GOT HIM 🥇
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) May 7, 2023
Introducing Andy Cruz
Andy Cruz’s amateur record is second to none, with 140 wins and only nine losses. The decorated amateur will campaign at Lightweight under the Matchroom promotional banner. Cruz struck gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. In the Olympic final, he defeated Keyshawn Davis (8-0 since turning pro). He also won three gold medals at the AIBA World Championships during his amateur career.
Eddie Hearn was full of exuberance and praise for the Lightweight prospect. “I am delighted to welcome Andy to the stable,” said Hearn. “One day this may be our greatest ever signing, I would bet on Andy to beat any 135lber on the planet now!” It looks likely that Hearn will unleash the Cuban sensation into the paid ranks in July, where he will attempt to conquer a stacked division.
Andy Cruz was excited about the next chapter in his career. “Special thanks to New Champion Promotions for teaming with Eddie and Matchroom to help me achieve my dreams as a professional boxer. I now have the best promotion company in the world in my corner. I also want to thank everyone who has helped me get here. I will exceed any expectations you had of me.”
What to Expect From Matchroom’s New Signing
Cruz is highly regarded due to his exemplary amateur record. He has won a plethora of gold medals, and in addition to his win over Davis at the Tokyo Olympics, he also beat Great Britains Luke McCormack in the same competition. He is brilliant to watch, with his slick movement making him difficult to hit. His ring IQ is superb and you can see how fast he works his opponents out in the ring and adjusts his game plan accordingly.
It is a joy to watch Andy Cruz. He is a phenomenal talent – whose reflexes are great. His lightening quick reflexes enable him to slip punches and counter punch to great effect. His footwork is also one of his best attributes, and he is equally comfortable fighting inside or outside. It’s going to be a fascinating journey for Cruz, and with guidance from Matchroom – he is capable of going right to the top of boxing.