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Casimero ducking Donaire?

He is evading it like the plague.



NONITO Donaire claims that John Riel Casimero has yet to sign up for their bantamweight title fight. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF NONITO DONAIRE/FB

Nonito Donaire is twiddling his thumbs waiting for John Riel Casimero to sign his name above the dotted line so they could both get ready for a mouthwatering December clash.

But Casimero seems to be reluctant to do just that, according to Donaire’s chief handler and wife Rachel.

“Casimero has never contacted our team for a fight after our team sent out the contact,” Rachel told Daily Tribune yesterday.

“He is evading it like the plague.”

Rachel said it is Casimero, and not his husband, who is afraid to sign up for a fight.

“Casimero is scared to sign the contract.”

A couple of weeks ago, Casimero came out on his social media account, declaring that he is scheduled to face Naoya Inoue on 11 December.

But Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank has clarified that there is no way that fight is happening given that the Las Vegas-based outfit is staging a big show on that day.

Casimero, who holds the World Boxing Organization titlist, is currently vacationing in the Philippines but is expected to return to Las Vegas by the end of the month for the pre-conditioning program with Memo Heredia.

Rachel said Richard Schaefer, formerly the big boss of the Oscar De La Hoya-owned Golden Boy Promotions, represents Donaire.

Donaire and Casimero were supposed to face off last month but Donaire withdrew after Casimero allegedly violated contractual provisions.

Rachel said the contract that is already in Casimero’s camp calls for random drug testing by VADA.

Casimero beat Guillermo Rigondeaux of Cuba last month in Carson, California, while Donaire had his in late-May when he snatched the World Boxing Council title by knocking out Frenchman Nordine Oubaali.

Rachel said the next few days and weeks will be crucial since they cannot wait forever for Casimero.

“If he doesn’t sign for VADA (testing), there will be no fight,” Rachel added.

The ball is now in Casimero’s court.