Broner and Figueroa Jr. we’re slated to fight this Saturday
Former four-weight world champion Adrien Broner was set to make his ring return on Saturday against Omar Figueroa Jr. However, Broner took to social media this week to confirm the fights not going ahead, Broner cited mental health as his reasoning.
Broner put a post on his Instagram confirming the bouts cancellation which was captioned: "Sorry to all my fans but #MentalHealth is real and I’m not about to play inside the ring I’ve watched a lot of people die playing with they boxing career and that is something I won’t do just pray for me I love the sport of boxing to much to not give my all and I feel Like I came up short before because my mind wasn’t 100% there and I be dam if I make that mistake again I need to make some changes for the better instead of worrying about other people feelings and pleasing them when In all reality I have nothing to prove to nobody I’m a 4 time world champion in 4 different weight classes and if I never lace up a pair of gloves again I feel like it’s safe to say I will be inducted into the #BoxingHallOfFame So I have to step back and overcome this obstacle before I go put my life on the line inside the square circle again I know I’m far from being finished with the sport SEE YALL SOON #Respectfully"
Figueroa Jr. was not happy about the fights cancellation so opted to post a message of his own to his Instagram and he is not buying Broner's reasoning: "As we all know, my fight against that mf Broner is off. Now, I "don't mind" because this is something we expected so we had plans in
motion to mitigate most the aftermath. What
REALLY passes me off is that NOW this mf
wants to use #MentalHealth as a FKN excuse. THAT, I have "a problem" W because that's BS! You don't get to cry #MentalHealth now, mf! Not saying you. DON'T suffer from mental health issues as
WE CAN ALL tell you do, just don't use it as
an excuse NOW, after you've been undisciplined
and not taking this fight/training camp
seriously! If it really IS mental health,
PLEASE SHOW US THE PROOF THAT YOU
WENT AND SOUGHT PROFESSIONAL
HELP. You love to post all vour shit on social
media, why not let us in on your "mental
health recovery"? You don't get to undermine mine and countless other's journey and struggles w #MentalHealth because of your undisciplined/childish dumb ass!
#FUCKYOU, Broner! Just when I thought you
couldn't stoop any lower!"
Figueroa Jr. will still be fighting in Glorida this Saturday as Sergey Lipinets has been drafted in as Broner's replacement.