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Who is Andy Cruz, the boxer who defected from Cuba

One of the great problems of Cuban sports is the high dropout rates (only in June two players from that country left the team that traveled to a to


One of the great problems of Cuban sports is the high dropout rates (only in June two players from that country left the team that traveled to a tournament in Mexico). One of the most recent cases of abandonment is the boxer Andy Cruz. But who is the boxer who defected from the island?

Andy Cruz Profile

Andy Cruz, born in Matanzas, Cuba, in 1995, became a benchmark in amateur boxing in 2015, when he was 20 years old, when he won the gold medal in the bantamweight category at the Pan American Games in Toronto. Four years later, Cruz repeated the feat by winning the gold medal at the Pan-American competition in Lima.

Cruz achieved international fame two years later. At the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, the Cuban won the gold medal in the lightweight division, where he won his second medal in American tournaments.

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In total, as an amateur boxer, BoxRec reports that Cruz has 149 fights with a record 140 wins (nine by knockout) and nine defeats, none by way of chloroform.

Now, five days after defecting from Cuba prior to the Playa Girón tournament, Cruz used his social networks to report that he is ready to make the leap to professionalism despite being 26 years old.

Likewise, the Cuban took the opportunity to challenge Devin Haney, current undisputed champion in the 135-pound category.