Rigondeaux delay explained, Donaire fight on course to be signed by Friday

WBA super-bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux is in the process of taking care of a legal issue with his ex-promoters before the Cuban signs on to fight WBO title holder Nonito Donaire in a massive unification on April 13.

The two-time Olympic champion’s manager Gary Hyde clarified the situation to WBN today amidst reports that Bob Arum has drafted in three-weight world champion Vic Darchinyan as a standby to face Donaire if Rigondeaux’s participation falls through. Arum wants the deal done by the end of the week and Hyde believes the fight will be finalised in time.

“Rigo’s former promoter Caribe Promotions has sued Top Rank and Rigo wants them to settle this case before he signs to fight Donaire,” Hyde told World Boxing News. “But I believe Rigo will sign before Friday’s deadline.”

Rigondeaux, 32, has long been linked with a fight against pound for pound star Donaire since entering the pro ranks on the back of his gold medal successes in Athens and Beijing, and is now on the cusp of sealing what will be the highest profile fight of the year so far in the spring.