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    Casimero camp denies Donaire fight called off over drug-testing row

    Jun 27, 2021
    PHOTO: Jhay Otamias

    THE unification title match between Nonito Donaire Jr and Johnriel Casimero is pushing through as scheduled.

    MP (Manny Pacquiao) Promotions president Sean Gibbons said the fight remains a go on August 14 in Carson, California contrary to earlier reports the 38-year-old Donaire, reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) bantamweight champion, is backing out of the historic match.

    “Nooooo,” was Gibbons’ emphatic reply when asked about the supposed aborted showdown.

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    The bone of contention, apparently has something to do with the supposed drug-testing misunderstanding between the camps of both Filipinos.

    Rachel Donaire, who acts as manager and trainer of his husband, has been insisting that the 31-year-old Casimero, holder of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) crown, be made to undergo VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency) testing during the course of the two fighters’ training camps all the way to the day of the 12-round fight.

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      Both camps later exchanged accusations about the issue until reports came out on social media on Sunday about Donaire’s supposed withdrawal from the fight.

      But in a Twitter post, Vada-Testing.org confirmed that both Donaire and Casimero have enrolled in its drug testing procedure.

      Waiting for Donaire camp's response

      Donaire’s side has yet to come up with a statement on whether it is pushing through with the fight or not, but as far as Casimero’s camp is concerned, its still all systems go.

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      “10000000 [percent go],” said Gibbons from Las Vegas.

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