Guillermo Rigondeaux, the former two division world champion and two-time Olympics gold medallist boxer from Cuba, sustained a horrible accident, but away from the squared circle. The mishap took place in the kitchen at his home, as a pressure cooker exploded in Rigondeaux’s face. The boxer has reportedly suffered a dreadful eye injury from the accident and has also lost 80% of his vision, putting his future career in uncertainty.
Guillermo Rigondeaux’s retina has been damaged but the extent of the injury could be more severe
As reported by el Nuevo Herald on Friday, which revealed that the news of the accident was made public by Guillermo Rigondeaux manager Alex Bornote. While Rigondeaux was cooking in the kitchen at his residence in Miami, Florida, a pressure cooker exploded in his face. The accident has made a huge impact on the boxer’s vision, and Rigondeaux only has 20% of his vision remaining.
“It really is an unfortunate thing,” said Bornote, “When the pot exploded and we saw how Rigandoaux was left, we thought the worst, because his face and eyes looked very bad as a result of the impact of the explosion. But we hope that he will recover.”
Bornote further added that Rigondeaux will undergo multiple tests to detect the extent of the damage in his eyes. Initially, it is being assumed that only his retina has been affected which can regenerate on his own, which would restore the pugilist’s vision completely.
However, in case there is further damage to his eyes than just the retina, Rigondeaux would then undergo surgery, and the chances of him regaining his vision fully would then be determined. BoxerCubano revealed on Twitter that doctors have discharged Rigondeaux.
Ya le dan el alta a Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Los médicos tienen grandes expectativas que se podrá recuperar según fuentes cercanas al boxeador.
— BoxeoCubano (@boxeocubanocom) March 4, 2022
A former unified WBA (Super) and WBO super bantamweight as well as a former WBA (Regular) bantamweight champion, Guillermo Rigondeaux is coming off of a recent loss against Vincent Astrolabio which took place on 26th February in Dubai. prior to his professional career, Rigondeaux was a decorated amateur, winning back to back golds at the 2000 Sydney and the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
The 41-year-old reportedly had another fight in the works, but the possibility of his next bout, as well as his ability to continue boxing, will be determined in the coming weeks as the extent of his eye injury is further analyzed.
- Former two-division world champion and two-time Olympic gold medallist boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux suffered a horrible eye injury in a pressure cooker explosion
- Rigondeaux’s retina has been damaged and only has 20% of his vision left