Rigondeaux vs Martinez – Feb. 24 – 9 pm ET
Former two-time world boxing champion Guillermo Rigondeaux arrives at the ultimate career crossroads when he returns to action for the first time in a year on Friday, February 24, 2023 at Hialeah Park.
With a professional record of 20-3-1 (13 KOs), the now 42-year-old Rigondeaux faces battle-tested super bantamweight Jesús Martinez, who will bring a mark of 33-17-1 (16 KOs) into the Hialeah Park headliner.
WHEN IS THE RIGONDEAUX VS. MARTINEZ? DATE, START TIME
- Date: Friday, February 24
- Main card: 6 p.m. ET / 11 p.m. GMT
- Rigondeaux vs. Martinez ringwalks (approx): 10 p.m. GMT / 3 a.m. ET
- The fight will take place at the Hialeah Park Racing & Casino, Florida.
- Broadcast details are yet to be confirmed for the event.
- The main card is set to get underway at 6 p.m. ET / 11 p.m. GMT with the Rigondeaux vs. Martinez ringwalks scheduled for 10 p.m. GMT / 3 a.m. ET
Rigondeaux, who dropped decisions to Vincent Astrolabio in February of 2022 and John Real Casimero in August of 2021, has been sidelined since suffering severe facial burns and eye injuries in a freak kitchen accident at his home in Miami over ten months ago.
“After the way he lost his last two fights and because of his time away from boxing, winning is just not good enough, Rigo must entertain,” said Alberto “Beto” Ferreiro, Sports Journalist and host of Café Deportivos con Beto. “Rigondeaux is obligated to win big and to put on a good show for his fans if he expects another title shot.”
Rigondeaux, the former WBO/WBA Super Bantamweight and WBA Bantamweight world champion will attempt to tap the fountain of youth in his 25th professional fight as he looks to win for the first time since defeating Liborio Solis in February of 2020.
“Rigo must attack and knock Jesús Martinez out,” added Ferreiro. “That’ll be his only option if he wants to continue boxing at a higher level. Anything less than that will likely mean the end of Rigondeaux’s long professional career.”
Tickets for what promises to be an action-packed card at Hialeah Park on Friday, February 24, 2023 are on sale at the Hialeah Park web site (www.hialeahparkcasino.com).
Hialeah Park Casino, with entrances at 100 East 32nd Street and 2200 East 4th Avenue, is easily accessible from all major Miami highways and conveniently located just minutes by car from Miami International Airport, South Beach, Downtown Miami, Coral Gables, and Doral.
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RIGONDEAUX VS. MARTINEZ FIGHT CARD
- Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Jesus Martinez; Bantamweight
- Ariel Perez De La Torre vs. Yonfrez Parejo; Junior featherweights
- Hugo Noriega vs. Carlos Mohamed Rodriguez; Welterweights
- Yoanki Urrutia vs. Luis Eduardo Florez; Middleweights
- Carlos Fromenta vs. Antonio Brown; Cruiserweights
- Jose Brayan Fonteboa vs. Ashton Royal; Welterweights
- Adlay Rodriguez vs. Ryan Schwartzberg; Welterweights
- Gustavo Trujillo vs. Jawaski Bethly; Heavyweights
- Damian Lescaille vs. Kynndale Prather; Junior middleweights