Rigondeaux will agree to VADA testing: manager
MANILA, Philippines – Cuban boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux has no problem agreeing to additional drug testing conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA), according to the former Olympian's manager.
Rigondeaux's April 13 super bantamweight clash against fellow champion Nonito Donaire was put in limbo early Tuesday after "The Filipino Flash" claimed the Cuban was backing out of their agreement to undergo VADA 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," Donaire said on his Facebook and Twitter accounts.
But Gary Hyde, Rigondeaux’s manager, refuted Donaire’s claim and insisted his fighter will sign the VADA contract.
"Rigo has never refused to sign up for VADA testing," Hyde told Ryan Maquiñana in a report on Boxing Scene.
"I asked Top Rank lawyer Dan Pancheri today if he would send the VADA agreement in Spanish, as Rigo does not understand English," Hyde explained.
"I also asked that all substances given to Donaire by Victor Conte be sent to us, so that we could have them checked out," he added.
Hyde has already received the Spanish version of the contract and Conte has also agreed to their condition.
"Rigo will now sign the VADA agreement, and Donaire should sign the bout contract," said Hyde. "Donaire should not put anymore misleading posts on Twitter. Let’s get it on."
Donaire said he will not attend the press conference on Thursday in New York, where the fight was supposed to be formally announced. The 2012 Fighter of the Year also said he "will be looking into other opponents" with his manager Cameron Dunkin.
"The Filipino Flash" is the only active fighter who submits himself to year-round blood and urine testing as conducted by VADA.