Via Craig Daly: Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner needs a win this Saturday night, August 20, against lightweight champion Omar Figueroa Jr on Showtime at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Broner (34-4-1, 24 KOs) and Figueroa Jr (28-2-1.19 KOs) are expected to have their last chance in their main event battle at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
So far, Showtime has stuck with the former four-time world champion Broner despite his career in freefall since 2012, but it’s unclear if they will continue to televise his matches if he lost to Figueroa Jr., 32 years old.
Therefore, it is important for Broner to win if he wants to continue to be a celebrity with Showtime.
The 33-year-old AB isn’t ranked in the top 15 at 140 or 147, and his last unquestioned victory was way back in 2016 when he beat Ashley Theophane.
Broner’s only victories since that bout six years ago were two questionable wins over Jovanie Santiago and Adrian Granados in fights many boxing fans believe he should have lost.
When Figueroa shoots at all 8 turrets, he has a high working speed and is capable of making it difficult for opponents. This type of opponent leaves Broner with no choice but to throw a lot of punches if he wants to win.
That will be difficult for Broner as he tends to be stingy when it comes to letting go. Like many old boxers, Broner conserves his energy by throwing a minimal amount of shots so he doesn’t run out of gas.
In the main support match, Alberto Puello and Batyr Akhmedov will contest the recently vacated 140-lb WBA belt.
Additionally, in the televised portion of the card, WBA super featherweight champion Roger Gutierrez defended his strap against Hector Luis Garcia (15-0, 10 KOs).
“I’m really excited to be back in the ring,” said Broner. “It was a long camp, and I was ready to fight. It feels great to be back. I trained really hard, and someone has to pay for it.
“The goal right now is to beat Omar Figueroa Jr. Then I’ll go to the drawing board from there. There are a lot of big fights that I can take. I’m going to go in there and do what I have to do to get the win,” said Broner.