Donaire vs Darchinyan rematch talk heats up with Rigondeaux a question mark

Jeff Gross

It's looking more and more like we'll see Nonito Donaire face Vic Darchinyan in an April rematch, rather than face Guillermo Rigondeaux.

With Bob Arum and manager Cameron Dunkin apparently on board, it's looking more likely that a potential clash between Nonito Donaire and Guillermo Rigondeaux is sliding off the table, to be replaced by a rematch on April 13 between Donaire and Vic Darchinyan.

Rigondeaux reportedly won't sign a contract to fight Donaire until issues between Top Rank and Caribe Promotions are settled, which Arum doesn't seem keen on pursuing:

Arum told us "[Caribe] were out, now they're in and suing and they are trying to hit me for more money which I’m not going to give them and if Rigondeaux is not going to sign the contract we’ll go with Darchinyan."

... "Cameron Dunkin (Donaire’s manager) likes that fight for Donaire, and Darchinyan is not asking for as much money as Rigondeaux so it will make HBO happy because we can give them a little refund."

So basically the sell here is, "Darchinyan is cheaper and easier and the network will be happy to have it and save some money." Boy, I can't WAIT! What an inspiring story!

I hate to say I told you so, but this is the fight I warned to expect a couple of weeks ago, when Darchinyan's name first entered the discussion.

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