Nonito Donaire has for almost a year been a heavy proponent of regular PED testing in boxing. The 2012 Boxing Writers Association of America's Fighter of the Year is slated to meet Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux on April 13 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and he wants Rigo to undergo a strict testing regimen, administered by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association. He thought the Cuban was on board with that, but today put out a statement which indicates he isn't sure of his opponent's adherence to the regimen.
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.
I reached out to Team Rigondeaux for a response. A source close to the Cuban told me that Rigo hasn't refused to do VADA testing. The original contract he signed, the source explained, didn't fully lay out all the terms of the testing to be done by VADA. Also, Rigo's team wants to have the VADA info in Spanish. "He will sign," the source said, and will be coming to New York for a Thursday press conference.