Team Rigondeaux denies working with 'Memo'
‘Rigo’ camp maintains signing VADA contract
MANILA, Philippines – The camp of Guillermo Rigondeaux has denied allegations that it has been working with Juan Manuel Marquez’s controversial conditioning coach, Angel “Memo” Hernandez.
Rigondeaux’s co-promoter Boris Arencibia claimed the camp of Nonito Donaire Jr. just made the allegations to disrupt the Cuban boxer’s training.
"Caribe Promotions and Guillermo Rigondeaux's team wish to clarify that they do not work with Mr. Angel Heredia and that no one has made any contact with that individual,” Arencibia said in Boxing Scene.
“We have no idea where Nonito Donaire got that information, to link the name of Guillermo Rigondeaux with Mr. Angel Heredia (Hernandez), who worked with the great Mexican champion Juan Manuel Marquez in his last fight."
Hernandez, who admitted distributing designer drugs to athletes in the past, helped Marquez prepare against the Mexican’s fight against Manny Pacquiao last December.
Marquez’s association with Hernandez has tainted the Mexican’s knockout victory over the Filipino boxer. This was one of the reasons he wasn’t chosen as 2012’s Boxer of the Year.
Arencibia added that Rigondeaux has provided all the details needed for the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) to conduct random drug testing, contrary to Donaire’s claim.
The promoter claimed that the Filipino Flash just wanted to disrupt Rigondeaux’s training by bringing up non-issues.
"Guillermo Rigondeaux already signed, in front of Bob Arum and everyone else, all of these VADA documents and met the requirements of this organization," Arencibia said.
"We do not want to waste time in fruitless discussions, and from next Monday we are going to enter the crucial stage of our training camp, and we do not want to interrupt the planned camp of trainer Pedro Luis Diaz."