Named rival Rigondeaux – also left-handed and grandfather


The conqueror of two divisions in the pros and two Olympics Guillermo Rigondeaux (20-3, 13 KOs), despite being 42 years old, returns to the ring. It will take place on February 24 in Hialeah, Florida, USA.

Finally, an opponent has been named – in a 10-round fight in the bantamweight (up to 53.5 kg), a Cuban left-handed veteran will fight with a seasoned Colombian left-handed veteran, Jesús Martinez (33-17-1, 16 KOs), who is 41 years old. Over the past year, he boxed as many as five times.

“I can’t tell you how happy I am to get back to what I love so much, which is boxing,” Rigondeaux told TSS. — This is the second fight in my career in Miami. I know I’m in the last stretch of my career, but I hope that people will respond and come to see me. After all, I am part of the history of Cuban boxing.”

Due to Rigondeaux’s defensive style, some consider him a true boxing virtuoso, while others consider him a boring spoiler.

“I know it has always been like this. It is very difficult to please everyone,” Rigondeaux spread his hands. “But on February 24th in Hialeah you will see some changes that will allow me to hit harder and please the audience. You will not regret it”.

A year before this fight, Rigondeaux met with Vincent Astrolabio, losing by decision of the judges, and even falling to the floor of the ring. Before him, Guillermo controversially lost on points to WBO champion John Riel Casimero.

The last victory in the career of the Cuban, and even then strained, was obtained three years ago in a duel with Liborio Solis.

Last March, Rigondeaux had an accident: while he was cooking at home, a pressure cooker exploded right in his face. The fighter temporarily lost 80% of his sight.

Rigondeaux showed how he looked after an accident with a pressure cooker: photo 18+