Adrien Broner was supposed to end his absent streak from the boxing ring on Saturday. However, the 4-weight class world champion has now declared that he is withdrawing from the fight due to mental health issues.
According to TMZ, Broner, 33, was scheduled to fight 32-year-old Omar Figueroa Jr. on August 20 at the Hard Rock in Hollywood, FL. However, AB announced the fight’s cancellation early Monday morning.
“Man, I’m going thru a lot at this moment in my life but I ain’t go give up I set some more goals and UI ain’t stopping until I finish what I started but sorry to say this but I’m not fighting #August20th.”
AB was still promoting his Showtime bout on Instagram just hours before making the announcement. However, he said early Monday morning that he was withdrawing since he wasn’t feeling 100% and the boxing ring isn’t a place for playing. Broner believes he has to make some changes in his life before taking on another boxing match.
“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%.”
“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 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.”
Unfortunately, this is the second time AB and Figueroa, a former lightweight champion with only two losses, were meant to meet before the match was called off. Omar was forced to withdraw due to an injury in 2018. In terms of Saturday’s event, executives are working on finding a new opponent for Figueroa Jr., and with only a few days to work with, it’s likely to be another fighter on the card.
Let us hope Adrien recovers quickly. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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