Guillermo Rigondeaux faces a difficult battle to rescue what remains of his career in the ring.
The Cuban boxer suffered injuries to his face and both eyes, after suffering a domestic accident that kept him hospitalized until noon this Friday.
According to his manager Alex Bornote, Rigondeaux was cooking in his Miami home when a pressure cooker exploded in his face and affected his vision considerably, to the point that he is considered to only have a 20 percent of it, putting his future as a boxer on hold.
“It really is an unfortunate thing,” Bornote said to George Ebro. “When the pot exploded and we saw how Rigondeaux 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 recovers.
According to the manager, Rigondeaux underwent several eye tests to determine the depth of the injury, but initially they believe that only the retina was affected and, if confirmed, the tissue would regenerate on its own with full recovery of his vision. But if something more complicated is detected in the optic nerve or beyond the retina, Rigondeaux will require an operation and then the prognosis for his vision would be more reserved, so the tests in the next few hours will be vital for the two-time Olympic champion.
"In any case, this is a heavy blow for Rigondeaux, because we were already working on a next fight," Bornote added. "The important thing now is that he recovers his vision completely and later we will make a determination about his future."
This blow to Rigondeaux comes days after he returned from Dubai with a unanimous decision loss to young Filipino Vincent Astrolabio - a loss that already complicated the veteran's future in professional boxing, although he was confident of a quick return to action.