Eddie Hearn has announced the signing of highly sort-after Cuban amateur Andy Cruz.
Cruz has an amateur record second to none, being the reigning Olympic champion, winning two golds at the Pan American Games and three at the AIBA World Championships.
There was thought to be lots of competition to sign the 135lb fighter, but it’s Hearn’s Matchroom who have secured a long-term deal.
Speaking about the signing, Hearn said.
“I am delighted to welcome Andy to the stable, he 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.
We are completely on the same page with Andy and his team, we want to grow his profile and showcase him on the biggest cards – but we also know that a man of this talent will move fast in the sport, and we could be seeing him in massive fights sooner rather than later.
One day this maybe our greatest ever signing, I would bet on Andy to beat any 135lb fighter on the planet now.”
Cruz seemed just as excited about the new fighter-promoter partnership.
“Thank God in the last two years, I have matured a lot as a person, and I have realised that every minute is important.
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. The boxer who will not only enjoys 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.
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.
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.”
Cruz joins Regis Prograis as the latest fighter to join Hearn’s stable.