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Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, WBO jr featherweight champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire and undefeated WBA super bantamweight champion and former two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist Guillermo “el Chacal” Rigondeaux took part in the final press conference on Wednesday in New York City in advance of Saturday’s world title unification battle which will take place in the iconic Radio City Music Hall.
Guillermo Rigondeaux: I don’t talk much. I don’t say a lot of things. Come Saturday I’m ready, I’m trained, I’m prepared. It’s just a few hours away. I’ll become a world champion once again and unify the titles.
Nonito Donaire: There’s really not much to say that I haven’t already said. This is going to be an incredible fight. We don’t doubt Rigondeaux’s skills. He’s a very skillful fighter and that’s why we trained the best of our ability. At this time of my career is when people are usually vulnerable. You get ‘Fight of the Year,’ you get a baby coming…but I guarantee you coming into the fight you’ll see the best Nonito Donaire.
Bob Arum: The VADA testing (which both fighters submitted to) is first class and it’s something we all should recognize. In the future on these title fights, we’re going to urge the main event fighters to submit to drug testing through VADA, which Top Rank the promoter will pay for, because I think it’s important. The VADA tests will be furnished to the commission which is appropriate because they have regulatory authority. Through the efforts of fighters like Nonito and Guillermo, we can make great steps to clean up the sport.
During an intense face-off, neither fighter would break off their gaze.