Adrien Broner will not be fighting former WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa Jr. on Aug. 20 after all.
Broner, a four-time world champion (34-4-1, 1NC, 24 KOs), 33, has struggled in and out of the ring in recent years, going 1-2-1 in his last four fights and posting on Instagram hinting suicide and appearing in and out of court and jail for various incidents.
Various fighters including Badou Jack, Andre Berto, Ryan Garcia, Caleb Plant, and Ryan Garcia, who took time off for a fight with Javier Fortuna in April for mental health reasons, chimed in with supportive posts.
Love you AB, i know it’s not easy to step back and take time from the ring, but no doubt taking this time you will come back healthier and stronger. Focusing on your mental health is not weakness it’s strength. You got my support #MentalHealthAwareness
— RYAN GARCIA (@RyanGarcia) August 15, 2022
Figueroa Jr. (28-2-1, 19 KOs), 32, was predictably skeptical of Broner, but recently discussed tackling some issues of his own.
In an interview with Kevin Hole of Yahoo Sports, Figueroa Jr. said he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, ADHD, depression and PTSD and that Simon Biles helped him to seek proper treatment to deal with his problems.
Danny Garcia has also publicly acknowledged having mental health problems in the ring after defeating Jose Benavidez Jr. in July. Figueroa Jr. took to his Instagram account to support Garcia at the time.
Figueroa Jr. is scheduled to meet replacement fighter and former IBF light-welterweight champion Sergey Lipinets (16-2-1, 12 KOs) instead. Lipinets has struggled recently, going 0-1-1 in his last two contests.