Is Donaire-Rigo Fight In Jeopardy?

BY Michael Woods ON February 19, 2013
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TSS LOGONonito Donaire, the Filipino-American superstar who was named the Boxing Writers Association of America 2012 Fighter of the Year, isn't sure if he will go through with his April 13 fight in NYC, at Radio City Music Hall, against Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux.

Donaire took to Facebook to talk about his unwillingness to fight Rigondeaux if his challenger doesn't jump through the same strict PED-testing hoops that he will.

Donaire committed in June 2012 to year-round testing, to be done by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), in the hope that he and his foes will be on the same, level playing field in the ring.

Here is the statement Donaire posted on Facebook on Tuesday afternoon:

I want you guys to hear it from me first. I am NOT going to NYC for the presser this Thursday bc Rigo is backing off his agreement to VADA drug testing. Rigo's team verbally agreed to VADA testing both online and in negotiations. But now that the contract to start testing is in front of them, they are finding every excuse not to sign and delay the start of the testing. I have NOT signed my fight contract yet to fight him so I have no obligation to fight ONLY HIM. It disappoints me that top fighters these days run from everything that will hold professional boxing integrity to its highest standard. I will be looking into other opponents with my manager, Cameron Dunkin immediately.

Comment on this article

deepwater says:

Damn man. Steroids don't mean crap in boxing!!! Amphetamine and stimulants are more of a problem. That communist Cuban is probably 45 years old and on every growth hormone they make in Sweden. Roy jones was last o e to fight at radio city. Damn watching Broner try and rap actually makes me look at Roy jones in a better way.

Radam G says:

Danggit! Y'all better listen to Deepwater. He's telling your arses about Cubans' ages that I was spittin' four and five years ago. And you haters were mocking me. Where are your arses now? Holla for a dolla, Anony, Frank Z, Big Daddy, Redcoat-arse Big Rob, Eastar, and the other know-nothing, mean muthasucka dat I'm not going to post. Faking is the less. Truth is the most. For your perpetrating a fraud, you have paid the cost. Holla!

amayseng says:

radam you think rigo is on peds?

i didnt expect it being his style is slick

but at this point i should expect nothing less

Radam G says:

YOU BET! PEDs are in the Cubans' boxing program, along with age deduction. Holla!

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