There is a possibility that undefeated World Boxing Association super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KOs) may be replaced by Vic Darchinyan in the title fight against World Boxing Organization/Ring Magazine and World Boxing Council Diamond Belt champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KOs) in the Filipinoâ€™s fourth title defense, possibly at New Yorkâ€™s Madison Square Garden on April 13.
â€œThere is a real problem. Itâ€™s stupid,â€ Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told the Manila Standard, referring to Rigondeauxâ€™s demand that Top Rank settle a pending legal dispute with Miami-based Caribe Promotions before he signs the contract to fight Donaire.
Arum added: â€œThey were out, now theyâ€™re in and suing and they are trying to hit me for more money, which Iâ€™m not going to give them and if Rigondeaux is not going to sign the contract, weâ€™ll go with Darchinyan.â€
The Top Rank promoter thinks a Donaire-Darchinyan rematch may be a better fight
â€œCameron Dunkin (Donaireâ€™s manager) likes that fight for Donaire, and Darchinyan is not asking for as much money as Rigondeaux, so it will make HBO happy because we can give them a little refund,â€ said Arum.
Rigondeaux began the week by getting rid of his trainer Jorge Rubio and according to Rick Reeno of boxingscene.com, retained the services of Cuban coach Pedro Diaz, who also trains Miguel Cotto, Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis and several other fighters.
Reeno reported that Rigondeauxâ€™s move to change trainers has been frowned upon by his manager Gary Hyde.
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