As previously reported, former world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux is back. The veteran Cuban fighter will break a long period of inactivity and return to the ring on February 24, as part of a card presented by Warriors Boxing that will take place at the Hialeah Park and Casino.

This will be his first fight since losing by unanimous decision in February of last year in Dubai, in a fight against the Filipino Vincent Astrolabio.

A comeback was put on hold when Rigondeaux suffered an accident at home that affected his vision and put his career in doubt.

"I can't tell you how happy I feel to return to do what I like so much, which is boxing," said Rigondeaux to George Ebro.

“This is the second fight of my career in Miami, the first in Hialeah. I know I'm in the final stretch of my career, but I hope people respond and come see me. After all, I am part of the history of Cuban boxing..

As the main event of the evening, Rigondeaux [20-3, 13 KOs] will be facing the Colombian Jesus Martínez [33-17-1, 16 KO), while in the co-main event the Cuban Ariel Pérez de la Torre [9-1, 7 KO] will face the Venezuelan Yonfrez Parejo [25-5].

At 42 years of age, Rigondeaux is in the final chapter of his career and returns after suffering from two consecutive losses against Astrolabio and John Riel Casimero, so he would be looking to return in top form at 118 pounds.

“I think Guillermo Rigondeaux hasn't said the last word in his career yet,'' said event promoter and one of the heads of Warriors Boxing, Luis de Cubas Sr. “I was lucky to be the manager of an already veteran Roberto Durán and he achieved many things when everyone said he couldn't take it anymore. With Guillermo this can happen again."

After his escape from Cuba in 2009, the two-time Olympic gold medal winner turned professional and remained undefeated for almost nine years, but his ultra-defensive style has won him fans and detractors in equal measure, among those who consider him a pure boxing virtuoso and those who consider him boring.

"I know it's always been like this and it's very hard to please everyone," Rigondeaux explained. “But on February 24 in Hialeah you will see some changes that will allow me to punch better and please the crowd. I'm already training full time and I just tell people to come see me. You won't regret it."