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Former champ Guillermo Rigondeaux burns corneas in pressure cooker explosion


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By Jack Baer, Yahoo Sports

 

The career of a former champion and amateur boxing legend is in limbo after a horrific cooking accident.

 

Guillermo Rigondeaux reportedly lost approximately 80 percent of his vision when his pressure cooker exploded while he was cooking Cuban black beans at his home in Miami on Thursday. Rigondeaux's manager, Alex Boronte, told ESPN that boiling water splashed into his eyes, severely burning his corneas.

 

Rigondeaux's chest was also reportedly burned. The 41-year-old Cuban has since had his eyes injected with anesthesia and bandaged before being released from Kendall Regional Medical Center on Friday afternoon.

 

Perhaps most disturbing is it sounds like nothing out of the ordinary was happening until the explosion, per ESPN:

 

"He's only done it a million times," Boronte said of one of Rigondeaux's favorite meals to cook. "They make bombs out of [pressure cookers]. If one of those beans clogs up where the steam is going to go out, it's like a bomb. It could have killed him."

 

The good news is that Rigondeaux has reportedly already recovered enough to be able to see sunlight and shadows, but Boronte said his recovery over next 10 days will "define his fighting career." Corneas tend to begin regenerating in 48 to 72 hours, per ESPN.

 

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