Former world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux continues to train for a planned return next month.

The Cuban veteran will face Vincent “Acero” Astrolabio on February 26 in Dubai, as part of a series of boxing cards in the United Arab Emirates.

At just 24 years old, Filipino slugger Astrolabio is a man who has spent most of his career in the native land, with a couple of trips to China and Indonesia, but this would be his best opportunity to show himself against a veteran with such a long history as Rigondeaux.

“We know that this is a fighter from the Philippines and we are going to be ready,” Rigondeaux told George Ebro. “We are already in full preparation to reach that commitment in the best possible way. Whoever it is, we are going to return with victory and with hope of what may come in the future."

Born in General Santos, Astrolabio (16-3, 12 KO) faces a very complicated task against the two-time Olympic champion, a man with tremendous experience and ample skills from a defensive point of view.

Rigondeaux had his best moment when he beat an immense Nonito Donaire in 2013 - but a few months ago he lost by way of a split decision against John Riel Casimero.

"All that is history and now we look ahead," added Rigondeaux, 41 years old. “Anyone who steps into the ring with me knows that things are not going to be easy. With me you have to have all your senses alert, because the Jackal can spring a surprise at any moment."

At the moment, Rigondeaux is preparing in the Mundo Boxing gym at Tropical Park under the orders of Professor Pedro Díaz, with whom he has worked with on previous occasions and with whom he had his most resounding victory against Donaire, who at that time was recognized as one of the best boxers of the moment.

"Having Guillermo with us is a privilege," Diaz said. “He knows that he will always have the doors open in Mundo Boxing. Seeing him train allows us to perceive the kind of athlete he is, how he maintains himself and takes care of himself. We think he still has a lot left in boxing."