Lower than two weeks after initially coming collectively, Nonito Donaire’s August 14th bantamweight unification match with John Riel Casimero has already hit tough waters. The 2 camps, particularly Donaire’s spouse and supervisor Rachel Donaire and Casimero’s promoter Sean Gibbons, spent the weekend in a war of words over Casimero’s enrollment in VADA testing.
Issues seemingly got here to a head on Saturday when Donaire (41-6, 27 KO) claimed he’d withdrawn from the fight on account of Casimero (30-4, 21 KO) “refusing” to enroll in testing. VADA later confirmed that both men had enrolled and Mauricio Sulaiman stated that Casimero has been part of their Clean Boxing program since 2017, however Rachel Donaire accused Gibbons and co. of not signing up for 24/7 testing amongst other claims.
Now, the Donaires are demanding an apology from Gibbons and Casimero over the spat and threatening to stroll away from the combat, with Nonito claiming that they’re answerable for the combat coming collectively and that Casimero has to play by their guidelines. I believe it’s a bit wealthy to take action after spending a number of days claiming Casimero was dodging drug exams, then gleefully retweeting folks straight-up accusing Casimero of cheating and calling his team pricks.
On the finish of the day, that is probably simply a particularly stupid instance of gamesmanship, which one among Lance Pugmire’s sources confirms. Nonetheless, I can’t say the interplay improved my opinion of anybody concerned.