The pre-dawn admission of mental health issues preventing Adrien Broner from moving forward with his next fight has garnered sympathy from many in the industry.
Not included among that list is the opponent he left behind in the process.
Omar Figueroa was not in a forgiving mood upon learning that he was no longer facing Broner atop this Saturday’s Showtime quadrupleheader. As previously reported by BoxingScene.com, Broner cited a mental health check as his reason to not proceed with the battle of unbeaten former titlists this Saturday at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
The reveal came days after Figueroa admitted during an open media workout to have been recently diagnosed with a mental health disorder. The former lightweight titlist continues to fight through it and has openly questioned why Broner can’t do the same—or if it’s even the real reason he’s not fighting this weekend.
“As we all know, my fight against that mf Broner is off,” Figueroa stated in his own Instagram post. “Now, I "don't mind" because this is something we expected so we had plans in motion to mitigate most of 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 BSI 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!”
As BoxingScene.com senior writer/columnist Keith Idec reported Monday morning, Figueroa (28-2-1, 19KOs) will remain atop Saturday’s card as he faces former WBC junior welterweight titlist Sergey Lipinets (16-2-1, 12KOs). Both were already due to appear on the show in separate junior welterweight bouts, making Lipinets the logical choice to enter the main event on short notice.
Figueroa wasn’t about to let an entire training camp go to waste as he moved forward with his first fight in more than a year.
The 32-year-old from Weslaco, Texas is coming off back-to-back defeats, including a sixth-round stoppage loss to Abel Ramos in his most recent bout last May 1 in Carson, California. Figueroa hasn’t won since February 2019, outpointing John Molina Jr. in a fight where he requested a modification in the contracted limit just days ahead of their Fox-aired welterweight bout that began as a junior welterweight contest.
It was at least the third time in four fights spanning nearly four years where Figueroa has either requested a weight modification or just outright blew the contracted limit. His sordid history—coupled with Broner’s well-documented issues both at the scales and out of the ring—made it puzzling that their fight would take place at junior welterweight, where Broner hasn’t fought since 2019 and Figueroa since 2015.
A recent interview with Broner conducted by Cigar Talk podcast showed a husky version of the Cincinnati native, to where it was questioned just how he expected to make weight this Friday. It’s a moot point, as his physical health momentarily takes a back seat to his mental well-being.
At least to those who accept it as the real reason for his not fighting this weekend. Others such as Figueroa choose to call the timing into question.
“If it really IS mental health, PLEASE SHOW US THE PROOF THAT YOU WENT AND SOUGHT PROFESSIONAL HELP,” demanded Figueroa. “You love to post all your 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!”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox