Bozy Ennis: “Everybody Thinks Andy Cruz Can’t Punch; He Can”

Trainer Derek Ennis Welcomes Andy Cruz into his Fold

Bozy Ennis now training Andy Cruz
Derek "Bozy" Ennis (L), Andy Cruz

Bozy Ennis Coaching Andy Cruz On Punching Power And Defense

2020 Olympic gold medalist Andy Cruz has found a home with trainer Derek “Bozy” Ennis, father of IBF Interim welterweight titlist Jaron “Boots” Ennis. Moreover, his main focus is to help improve on Cruz’s defense and punching power.

Switching from amateurs to the professional ranks is not easy and is often the most difficult transition for those from the Cuban School of Boxing. Bozy explained how to make that transition easy for Cruz in an interview with YSM Sports Media.

“He fits in right along with all the fighters that I have in here . . . all I have to do is brush him up on the sitting down on his punches or work on his defense. He got good defense when he fought in the amateurs because he boxed and moved. But I’m teaching him how to catch . . . everybody thinks that he can’t punch, but he can punch. He got to know how to sit down, and you gotta teach him how to do it though.”

In 2022, the Cuban amateur sensation landed in the Dominican Republic after defecting from Cuba to enter the professional ranks. On May 6, Cruz sent the boxing community into a frenzy by signing with Matchroom Boxing executive Eddie Hearn.

Hearn quickly made waves with Cruz’s rival lightweight prospect Keyshawn Davis after suggestions of a possible fight between the two. Cruz seems to be surrounded by a good team that can help his career flourish. The boxing community awaits to see the results in the upcoming ten-round lightweight debut in July.

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