On Monday, famed nutritionist and anti-doping advocate Victor Conte informed Maxboxing.com that effectively immediately, he would no longer be working with 2012’s “Fighter of the Year” Nonito Donaire.
“I quit. I’m done working with Nonito. It was entirely my decision,” Conte informed Maxboxing.com. The normally outspoken Conte did not wish to elaborate.
When reached for comment, Donaire did not acknowledge the full extent of the split but made it clear he would continue his 24/7/365 anti-doping program with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).
“Regardless of the current standing of my relationship with Victor, I will still be actively enrolling myself in VADA and subjecting myself to 24/7/365 drug testing,” Donaire said via text.
Conte has routinely been providing Donaire with comprehensive blood testing, hypoxic training equipment and methods plus individualized nutritional supplementation. In addition to Conte leaving the team, this writer understands that world-class sprint coach Remi Korchemny has also decided to leave Team Donaire.
The loss of Conte and Korchemny is ill-timed as Donaire, 31-1 (20), is in the thick of training camp, preparing for his dangerous April 13 showdown with Guillermo Rigondeaux, 11-0 (8), a WBO and WBA super bantamweight unification bout on HBO. The move is a sudden shock. The two men have worked together over three years, winning multiple titles in two divisions including wins over Fernando Montiel and Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. among others. No replacement has been named thus far.
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