Boxing champ Andy Cruz training for pro debut after leaving Cuba

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 8, 2021, gold medallist Cuba’s Andy Cruz celebrates on the podium during the victory ceremony for the men’s light (57-63kg) boxing final bout during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo. (Photo by Luis ROBAYO / AFP)

Olympic and triple world amateur boxing champion Andy Cruz — who was expelled from Cuba’s official federation in July — is planning to turn pro and says he left his home country “legally,” after speculation he had defected.

In an interview with ESPN given in Spanish, the 27-year-old Cruz did not reveal his current location, though specialized blogs said he had gone to the Dominican Republic about two weeks ago.

“Thank God, I am already taking this great step that many expected. I am here ready to face this great challenge that lies ahead of me and I plan to do great things in professional…

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