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Donaire vs Rigondeaux: Team Rigondeaux says fight is still on, no issue with drug testing

Team Rigondeaux responded to last night's claims by Nonito Donaire, saying that they were simply waiting for a Spanish language version of the fight contract, and have no intention of backing out now.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Guillermo Rigondeaux is good to go on April 13 against Nonito Donaire, according to Ryan Maquinana at, who reports via Rigondeaux's manager Gary Hyde that the fight is still on, and Rigondeaux has no issue with the VADA testing, as Donaire claimed last night.

To Donaire's credit, he also later stated that his manager had told him the fight was still good to go, as Rigondeaux was simply awaiting a Spanish copy of the VADA contract, which caused the delay. Donaire did reiterate that if the fight isn't signed by the time of Thursday's press conference, he won't show up.

This fight has been a major hassle to bring together, or at least there's been enough talk about the fumbling around, the negotiations, and all of that, that it seems like a major hassle. Hopefully in the end, it's worth the attention it's been given -- on paper, it's a great matchup in terms of significance for the 122-pound division, as Donaire takes on maybe the most talented opponent of his career, while Rigondeaux steps from the fringe contenders to the true elite ranks.

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