Donaire fight on after Rigondeaux signs contract
MANILA, Philippines – Cuban boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux has signed the fight contract for his April 13 encounter against fellow champion Nonito Donaire of the Philippines, RingTV's Lem Satterfield reported.
Rigondeaux's manager, Gary Hyde, told RingTV that the former Olympic gold medalist signed the contract for a title unification fight against Donaire.
Hyde's attorney, Pat English, informed Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum of the development.
"English has called me to say that it has happened, and that he has forwarded it (the contract) to my office. I believe him, because he’s a responsible guy," Arum said.
The promoter expects Donaire to sign the contract soon.
"Everything is in the process of happening. When it happens, it will happen, and then, we’ll announce the signing and the site," Arum said.
There is no venue yet for the fight.
The Donaire-Rigondeaux clash was in danger of being scuttled after the Cuban boxer revealed that his co-promoters, Top Rank and Caribe Promotions, were embroiled in a legal battle.
The two sides recently worked out their issues.
"My career will be stronger now that Caribe and Top Rank have agreed (to work together)," Rigondeaux said in a recent Boxing Scene report. "Now I can look at this date of April 13th without any worries."
"Just tell Nonito to prepare for what's coming," the Cuban added.
Donaire, for his part, told Ronnie Nathanielsz of Phil Boxing that he is ready for Rigondeaux.
"We'll see what he's going to do, and we’ll be ready for whatever he brings," Donaire said.
Donaire is coming off a strong 2012 which saw him earn several Fighter of the Year awards after defeating four highly rated opponents.