Adrien Broner To Meet Omar Figueroa In Comeback Fight
After another long lay-off, former WBA Welterweight titlist Adrien Broner confirmed that he will be returning to the ring this summer in Chicago.
The news came as a surprise to the boxing fraternity, as Broner took to Instagram on Thursday night and disclosed that he will be sharing the ring with Omar Figueroa Jr. in his return fight. The bout is expected to be in the welterweight class.
“This s*** was [supposed] to happen years ago,” Broner wrote. “But I ain’t complaining. See y’all in [Chicago].” wrote Broner.
The date and location for the anticipated bout are yet to be confirmed.
Broner (34-4-1, 24 KOs, 1 NC) hasn’t made an appearance in any professional bout since beating the rising Jovanie Santiago by unanimous decision in February 2021 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Preceding this bout, ‘The Problem’ was humbled by Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao, who took the fight to the Cincinnati boxer, out-pointing him unanimously in a 12-round welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Broner became the adornment of the news for the first time in 2013 when he challenged, Marcos Maidana. Leading to the fight, ‘The Problem’ talked all sorts of trash and tried to get under the skin of the Argentinian, but Maidana remained focused, and when the day arrived, El Chino put a serious dent in Broner’s career that was promising to take flight.
Broner’s expected next opponent, Figueroa Jr. (28-2-1, 19 KOs) hasn’t been much active either, having fought only three times since July 2017.
Figueroa has lost two consecutive fights leading to this fight, with his recent defeat coming in the hands of Abel Ramos.
Ramos outboxed Figueroa throughout the fight with the referee stepping in the sixth round to save the 32-year-old from further punishment. The fight was held 13 months ago at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.