Now training under Freddie Roach at the Wild Card ‘Rigo’ returns to work tonight live on Fox Sports 1 in a show in LA for the first time since losing to Vasyl Lomachenko last year.
Not many have heard or seen of the Cuban boxing great since then.
Until now, that is.
Speaking to Fight Hub through a translator he said of going off the scene since the loss to ‘Loma’ last year:
“I’m usually very laid back. I’m a big family guy. When I’m not boxing or in the gym I spend most of my time with the family.”
On the defeat he said:
“The better guy (Lomachenko) won. I lost, can’t do anything (about it now). When you’re a good winner you have to be an even better loser. I can’t go back. I don’t really want to justify it now. It would be wrong for me to do so. I took it just like any other fight. A loss is a loss.”
On being labelled a quitter in the fight he said:
“There’s criticism everywhere. The guy who’s not boxing is always criticising. It was in my interest and in my heart. At the end of the day and with the hand injury I did what was in my best interest.”
Tonight Rigondeaux faces 27 year old Mexican opponent Delgado live on FS1 and on ITV 4 in the early hours of Monday morning for those in the UK.