On Tuesday, four-division world champion Adrien Broner(34-4-1, 24 KOs) was scheduled to do a virtual press conference to preview his upcoming fight against Omar Figueroa Jr.(28-2-1, 19 KOs), but Broner was not happy about doing the press conference virtually and stormed off.
Figueroa and his father/trainer, Omar Figueroa Sr., and Broner’s trainer Mike Stafford stayed on and discussed the fight.
Broner would eventually apologize for his actions via social media and a new date for the virtual press conference was scheduled.
On Thursday, Broner previewed his super lightweight showdown with Figueroa on August 20 at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., in a Premier Boxing Champions event.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will feature top 140-pounders Alberto Puello and Batyr Akhmedov squaring off for the vacant WBA Super Lightweight World Championship in the co-main event and WBA Super Featherweight World Champion Roger Gutierrez defending his title against unbeaten Hector Garcia in the telecast opener.
This is Broner’s first fight since February 2021 when he defeated Jovanie Santiago by a controversial unanimous decision.
At this point, Broner is just excited to get back in the ring.
“I’m real excited to be back in the ring,” Broner said. “It’s been a long camp, and I’m ready to fight. It feels great to be back. I’ve been training so hard, and somebody’s got to pay for it.
“The goal right now is to beat Omar Figueroa Jr. Then I’m going to the drawing board from there. There are a lot of big fights that I can make. First, I have to be successful on August 20.”
Over the years, Broner has had his issues outside of the ring and is 1-2-1 in his last four fights, but according to him, the expectations are still high.
“Nothing in boxing is easy,” he said. “Mentally, it’s always tough, but I’m getting through it every day and working my ass off.
“I’m a four-division world champion, so the expectations for myself are always high. I know that when I go into the ring, people expect great things out of me. I’m used to it and just focused on getting the victory.”
At 32, the clock is ticking on Broner’s career; this is a must-win situation for him. If Broner can’t beat Figueroa, he’s just an opponent going forward. It’s that simple.