The scheduled title showdown between Filipino champion Nonito Donaire and Cuban Olympic champion Guillermo Rigondeaux is now in peril after the 2012 Fighter of the Year posted a series of tweets to air his frustrations.
Donaire, who is the reigning World Boxing Organization super bantamweight champion, said that Rigondeaux does not want to undergo VADA testing, which was one of their agreements before agreeing to the proposed Donaire vs Rigondeaux bout on April 13 in New York.
The boxer known to many as “The Filipino Flash” agreed to undergo 24/7 voluntary anti-doping tests in his bid to clean up boxing over the recent drug controversies in several sports. According to Donaire, Rigondeaux initially agreed to take the test, but is now making excuses to dock the VADA examinations.
Donaire posted on his Twitter account: “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.”
The consensus 2012 Fighter of the Year revealed that he has not yet signed their fight contract, which makes him capable of going into another direction if the reigning World Boxing Association Super World super bantamweight champion continues to refuse honoring their earlier agreement.
Donaire strongly said: “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.”
Donaire’s series of tweets created buzz among fight fans worldwide who are all looking forward to the expected action-packed showdown between two of the best boxers today.
Rigondeaux’s and his camp have yet to make their official statement to answer Donaire’s claims.