Cruise, 27, has fought for the Irish super-middleweight title as well the Irish middleweight belt and has his sights set on getting his hands on a domestic title.
Cruise, twice defeated by Assassin Boxing’s very own JJ McDonagh, first caught the attention of manager Kaz Evans, as he ran McDonagh very close, where the Mullingar man narrowly took the decision in the super-middleweight division.
In his last fight, he narrowly lost to Luke Keeler, in a thrilling contest for the Irish middleweight title, a weight Cruise seems better at.
‘ I have been very unfortunate in my two Irish title fights losing 96- 95 to both Luke Keeler and JJ McDonagh. These are two top fighters and I truly believe I could have got the decision in both so that shows the level that I’m at’
With a record of seven wins along with six defeats. Cruise has much experience around the Irish cards and has placed his trust in Assassin Boxing to deliver the big fights in what could be the most important years of Cruise’s career, as he enters his prime.
‘Joining up with a new management team really has given me a new lease of life, and we have a lot of plans going forward that excite me.
‘After the Luke Keeler fight I took some time off to consider what’s next and I have decided that I’m going to continue on. I feel that at 27 I still have a lot to offer boxing and with Assassin Boxing Promotions behind me I can get some good fights and pick up some belts along the way’
Manager, and founder of Assassin Boxing, Kaz Evans added
‘On the night (against Keeler) I felt Cruise actually nicked the fight. It’s time we get him as the home boxer in them big fights, as he’s been undone by poor judging on a few occasions’
Cruise becomes Assassin Boxing’s fifth signing in Ireland, following on from the signature of Irish champions, JJ McDonagh and Paddy McDonagh and later Vladimir Belujsky and most recently, amateur sensation, Ray Moylette, who has already picked up seven wins in as many months in the paid ranks.
This may be the first of many announcement on Irish shores for Assassin Boxing, with announcements expected over new signings and shows very soon.
Kaz Evans concluded,
‘The work we’ve done with our Irish boxers has been a fantastic. We are very happy with how we have progressed our boxers in Ireland and aim to expand with more signings. We have some very big things in the pipeline in Ireland too’