Figueroa: I honestly respect Adrien Broner

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Former world champion Omar Figueroa Jr. held a San Antonio media workout on Tuesday as he nears his super lightweight battle against four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner on August 20 live on Showtime from Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.

Omar Figueroa Jr: “Honestly, there was a time when I was a little bit jealous of Broner. He had such an amazing career and, like me, things got to us. As we all know, things haven’t gone the smoothest for us. So, I’m getting the word out about mental health, doing more to bring it to the mainstream and I’m glad my opponent is Adrien Broner because he’s a great advocate for that too. I feel he can make a huge difference if he sheds a little bit of light on it. Other than that, this is a great opportunity and I know it’s going to be a hell of a fight.

“I don’t watch his stuff online and see what he’s doing. Even if he does start trash talking, it’s all part of the show. He’s been through his share of struggles and I can say I honestly respect Adrien Broner. I’m not sure what kind of dance partner I’ll see. This is going to be a great fight for the fans of the sport.”

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  • ‘Figueroa: I honestly respect Adrien Broner’
    I thought this headline was a joke, but April fools has already past

    • Why shouldn’t he respect Broner? Broner was/is a very talented multi division champion and a very entertaining fighter. True, he was kind of a jackass and out of control, but he brought a lot of entertainment value to the sport. I mean, this is boxing- a sport where you have two men getting in the squared circle trying to take each others heads off. You’re gonna have some characters and loose cannons in the sport, and that’s one of the reasons I love it so much. Let’s face it-Broner is a funny dude.

  • Figueroa sounds like a professional: humble, respectful, confident, honorable, regal. I prefer this. He’s open about his past struggles, relates to similar struggles that Broner has also gone through. Expects a great fight and will do all he can to make it so. I wish all fighters were this professional and dignified.

  • As compared to Fury fighting Chisora (snicker), this matchup is a dream fight. 🙂

  • Omar to my recollection was never a world champion but a great unheralded boxer. In his last two bouts. Bored them he was my really that hot? Something happened. His brother younger keep tabs on. Omar very very talented. I would not bet against Darien no I won’t. It’s his opportutinoty
    To shine clean bright.

  • Kudos to the sister of The Figueroa Brothers. She keeps her 2 brothers in great shape.

    For those of you who are not aware, both brothers use their sister for health, fitness and nutrition. Their dad trains them. I like The Figueroa Brothers. Omar Jr. and Brandon are 2 cool dudes.

  • Omar seems like a nice, mature young man and I have much respect for him. The fact that he readily respects other human beings, regardless of their issues speaks volumes about his character.

  • Broner is one of the lowest forms of life walking this planet. Absolutely nothing about him to respect.

  • He ‘Respects him’? What for? Taking a SHT in a truck stop bathroom and narrating the experience and taking pics of the turd and posting it on Facebook???? I can think of a lot of ways to think of Broner, but respect is not one of them.

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