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Donaire confronts Casimero’s camp, says unification struggle is over

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MANILA, Philippines – Nonito Donaire took on fellow Filipino world champion John Riel Casimero and later took to social media to say he is pulling out of the August 14 unification fight that would have been historic for Filipino boxing.

The failed fight could pave the way for a long-awaited rematch between Donaire and Japanese superstar Naoya Inoue. With the excitement and non-stop action of the 2019 match, that rematch promises to be far more lucrative in terms of prizes and greatness.

Donaire claimed that he had given the Casimero camp five days to produce documents that he enlisted in the VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) 24/7 monitoring.

“We have evidence that the opposing side was neither honest nor sincere,” he wrote on Twitter. “After we called off the fight, then and only then did the paperwork pop up all of a sudden.”

But Donaire, the 2012 Consensus Fighter of the Year, said he is closing the fight to deny Casimero the biggest fight of his career.

“I am not going to give his example or the setting or the payday that comes with it,” he added in his tweet.

Earlier, Donaire gave Casimero’s manager Marc Yao a reprimand in a recorded video conversation posted on Twitter.

“The only reason I came in is because a Filipino (champion) can fight a Filipino (champion), you are degrading the Filipinos,” he told Yao in an expletive message.

I am known for taking positions that people are afraid to take. WE ARE VADA testing 24/7/365 for ALL boxers. This should never …

published by Nonito Donaire Jr. on Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Aside from the VADA issue, Donaire was also ranting about how Casimero’s camp “disrespected” his wife Rachel. Rachel, who was sitting behind him during the phone call, who is also his manager and head coach.

“I don’t want other professional athletes to cross the line and think this kind of behavior is acceptable, we have to maintain a respectable character, especially online,” Donaire added.

After losing to Inoue, the 38-year-old Donaire (41-6-0 with 27 knockouts) took a career turn when he eliminated once-undefeated French champion Nordine Oubaali last May.

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