RUMOR MILL: Adrien Broner Versus Omar Figueroa Bout In The Works?

Rumor has it Adrien Broner is creeping on a comeback with Omar Figueroa

Adrien Broner in his ring-walk attire, Omar Figueroa poses in the ring
Adrien Broner (left), Omar Figueroa

Rumor has it Adrien Broner is creeping on a comeback with Omar Figueroa

According to watercooler rumblings in the industry, boxing bad boy Adrien “The Problem” Broner (34-4-1, 24 KO’s) is heading back to the ring. While it’s the epitome of unofficial, rumor has it that the Cincinnati native will be looking to face Omar “Panterita” Figueroa Jr (28-2-1, 19 KO’s) sometime in the near future. If true, this would mark the second outing for Broner this year. Back on February 20, the Problem bounced back into the win column by out-pointing Jovanie Santiago. In his previous bout, which took place nearly two years prior, on January 19, 2019, Broner suffered a unanimous decision loss to Manny Pacquiao. In fact, over his last five fights, AB is 2-2-1. This is why Figueroa is a logical opponent.

Unlike the Problem, Panterita would be coming in on a two-fight losing streak and is seemingly extremely vulnerable. In his last bout, against Abel Ramos, Figueroa appeared to succumb to some episode of mental hysteria given his herky-jerky nonsensical manner of fighting. Over the course of six rounds, he was out-boxed, bruised, bloodied and beaten into a sixth-round submission. Perhaps Broner is intent on using Figueroa as a pure showcase. Or, perhaps the Problem is looking to use him as a tune-up for something bigger in the works. Who knows at this point?

Despite his grim win-to-loss ratio during his tenure within the welterweight division, Broner remains a tremendous draw. As such, he represents a handsome money fight for virtually any known fighter. He presumably could have easily made a fight with former world champion Regis Prograis who has called him out numerous times. Names such as Mikey Garcia, Keith Thurman or Danny Garcia should all be within the realm of possibility as well and all would be juicy fights. Yet, before we get too lost in adventures of the imagination, let’s make sure this news is legit. At the moment though, its all back-alley speculation until otherwise verified.

By: Bakari Simpson

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