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Monday, February 25, 2013
Donaire hasn't yet heard from USADA

By Michael Woods

The Radio City showdown between Nonito Donaire and Guillermo Rigondeaux is on, as of Monday afternoon, according to Donaire manager Cameron Dunkin. Dunkin confirmed to NYFightblog that as far as he knows Team Rigo filled out all the necessary paperwork and sent it to the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA), which is doing PED testing for the junior feather showdown.

Team Rigo asked that the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) also do testing, because it thinks Donaire's fitness-supplement adviser Victor Conte might hold too much sway over VADA. But as of today, Dunkin hadn't been contacted by USADA about any testing for the bout. "Nonito will glady do that testing, too, we'll fill out those forms and sign them, and get them right to USADA and not take weeks to do it," Dunkin said, in a slap at what some perceive to be foot-dragging on the part of Rigondeaux to accept ultra-stringent PED testing.

Dunkin said it looked bad to him on Friday and Saturday, when Rigo seemed to be AWOL while people were waiting for him to finish VADA paperwork. "I couldn't understand that, they were asking for this fight," he said. Dunkin is a big fan of Rigo's new trainer, Pedro Diaz, and it feels like his presence on that team has soothed some of his worries.

I'm almost fully confident Donaire will fight Rigondeaux on April 13 in NYC. But this is boxing, and that can be subject to change.