The camps of Filipino boxers Nonito Donaire and John Riel Casimero have engaged in a social media war ahead of their prospective fight in August this year.
The pair’s publicized rift lit Twitter ablaze over the weekend with Donaire’s wife and trainer, Rachel, asking Casimero’s camp to show proof that the World Boxing Organization (WBO) champ has enlisted himself under the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association’s (VADA) 24/7 monitoring.
Reports have been circulating online saying Casimero allegedly refused the anti-doping test, which could potentially jeopardize his August 14 fight against Donaire.
However, MP Promotion’s President Sean Gibbons, who handles Casimero, assured Rachel and the public that the 31-year-old fighter has been enrolled under VADA and the WBC Clean Boxing Program since 2017.
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman seconded Gibbons’ statements. According to him, the fight will continue as planned.
“It will be a great fight and we will not tolerate any foul language on any form,” he tweeted.
Casimero and Donaire’s fight was announced just last week after the former’s supposed fight against Cuban challenger Guillermo Rigondeux fell through.
If finalized, the fight between the two will be held at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Donaire has long been a strong supporter of VADA. His nutrition is currently being handled by Victor Conte, the founder and president of Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative.
Meanwhile, Casimero is under the tutelage of Angel “Memo” Heredia.
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Image credit: Nonito Donaire Jr.’s Official Facebook Page