On Friday evening, February 08th, Guillermo Rigondeaux's managers reached a partial agreement on the anticipated super bantamweight unification between Rigondeaux and "Filipino Flash" Nonito Donaire.
Caribe Promotions CEO Boris Arencibia, co-promoter of Rigondeaux, says the boxer signed (on Friday) the contract for the fight against Donaire. Nevertheless, there were details that could not be concluded on Friday and Arencibia hopes to conclude them this Saturday. And they are confident of defeating Nonito.
The fight is scheduled to take place on April 13th at either the Home Depot Center in California, Texas or New York City. For a little over 3 weeks, Rigondeaux has been working hard at a fast pace with his new trainer, Cuban coach Pedro Luis Díaz.
There is a legal dispute between Caribe and Top Rank, related to the promotional contract of Rigondeaux. Arencibia explains the latest details.
"We had to negotiate with Top Rank from another angle," said Boris Arencibia. “For the time being we have come to a partial agreement on this fight, after several hours in the office of our lawyer. We could reach [a full] agreement - but it won't be until Saturday when we are able to confirm that the fight is a fact. In any case, the only important thing for us to be ready to enjoy the victory of one of the best fighters that we have seen in this era of prizefighting."
“Rigondeaux has to be fully prepared and focused for this fight. The distractions that were generated by the negotiations to make the fight, they were overcome to a great extent, and we are sure that without this extra pressure and the stress that the [legal dispute] produced - Rigondeaux will return to training with more motivation because these are the kind of fights which made him decide to enter prizefighting."
“Rigondeaux will show all of his potential in this fight, and he will be ready to knock Nonito Donaire out. I can confirm one thing, that Rigondeaux is a monster and Nonito has never faced any fighter with the skills of the 'Jackal.' We know about Nonito's quality, and that's why we respect his level as a champion. But Rigondeaux is also a champion, and he is preparing to offer the fans an exciting fight in which two of the most electrifying fighters at 122 pounds will collide.”