Ehe Cuban Olympic boxing gold medalist and world champion Andy Cruz left the island before the Playa Girón tournament, the most important in the discipline in the country, according to local media reports on Monday.
The news began to circulate last Sunday in the island’s independent press. This Monday, the president of the Cuban Boxing Federation, Alberto Puig de la Barca, limited himself to pointing out that the boxer was not in the eastern city of Camagüey, venue for the event that began this Monday.
“(Cruz) was absent from the last days of training for the national team and did not travel to Camagüey,” Puig de la Barca told the official sports newspaper Jit.
The 26-year-old Olympic champion was not part of the Domadores team poster that debuted in professional boxing on May 20 in the Mexican city of Aguascalientes.
In a brief message on his Twitter account, Cruz reported that “sometimes you have to make decisions that some people won’t like.” And she added that she made the decision to please “no one but me and my family.”
Last June 6, the official press of the island highlighted that the multi-champion was preparing in Havana with an eye on the Playa Girón tournament. Cruz assured Jit at the time that his training was to “show the world and show myself that we are prepared for any type of event.”
In his record, a first place in the Pan American Games in Toronto in 2015 and in Lima in 2019 stands out; a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics -held in 2021 due to the pandemic- and at the Belgrade World Boxing Championship, also in 2021.