Adrien Broner has just revealed that he’s having issues with his mental health and has withdrawn from Saturday’s fight.
The 33-year-old Broner was slated to fight 32-year-old Omar Figueroa Jr. on August 20 at the Hard Rock in Hollywood, FL but Broner announced the 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,” Broner wrote.
Broner was still boosting his Showtime fight on Instagram just hours before making the statement. But, early on Monday morning, he revealed his withdrawal because he wasn’t feeling 100% and the professional boxer ring isn’t a place for games.
“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%,” Adrien wrote.
Broner suggests tha he needs to make some adjustments in his life before taking on yet another boxing fight.
“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,” Broner wrote, adding, “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❤️ 🆎”
Regrettably, this is the 2nd time Broner and Figueroa – a former lightweight title holder with only 2 losses – were supposed to fight… before the fight was called off. Omar was forced to withdraw due to an injury in 2018.
Concerning Saturday’s event, we’ve been told that execs are searching for a new challenger for Figueroa Jr., and with only just few days to work with, there’s now a high likelihood it’ll be another fighter on the card.