Adrien Broner vs. Omar Figueroa Jr.
Virtual Media Quotes
Four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner and
Omar “Panterita” Figueroa Jr. previewed their super
lightweight showdown during virtual media events this week
before they headline live on SHOWTIME on Saturday, August 20
from 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
Also featured were Broner’s longtime trainer Mike Stafford,
and Figueroa’s father and trainer Omar Figueroa Sr. Here is
what they had to say this week:
“Keep training your ass off Omar, I’m training my ass off
too, and we’ll give everyone a great performance on August
“I’m real excited to be back in the ring. 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.
“You can’t look past a guy like Figueroa. He’s always been a
tough competitor and he’s a world champion. We’re definitely
not looking past him. At this point I’m just taking care of
whatever is in front of me.
“Nothing in boxing is easy. Mentally it’s always tough but
I’m getting through it every day and working my ass off.
“I’m going to go in there and do what I have to do to get
the victory. If I have to bang or snipe, I’ll do whatever it
takes. I’m ready for the best Omar Figueroa Jr.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen until that first bell
rings. I’m just going to keep preparing to the best of our
“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.”
OMAR FIGUEROA JR.
On Adrien Broner saying that he’s going for the stoppage…
“If he’s going for the stoppage, then I’ll meet him in the
middle of the ring. That’s it. We’ll see.
“I’m excited that this fight is finally happening. I’ve been
looking forward to the challenge. I know that Broner has a
lot left in the tank and I know that he’s a world caliber
fighter regardless of whatever is going on outside of boxing
for him. We’re preparing like never before.
“Now that I have my mental health under control as well as
feeling great physically, I feel like it’s given me new
life. We’ll just have to wait and see how I look and feel in
this fight and then we’ll go from there.
“Before I got my mental health under control, I was fueled
by hatred and anger and all the negative stuff. Now I’m
really soaking it in, making time for my family, being there
for my dad. I’m being appreciative and grateful for the
opportunity that I have to do this again with my family and
do it at the level I’m doing it.
“I have to credit Simone Biles for helping me get the ball
rolling on getting my mental health under control. For her
to pull out of the Olympics when she did and for the reason
she did – I feel like that started the snowball effect for
me. I realized that if she had the guts to take care of
herself and pull out of the world’s biggest competition when
all eyes were on her essentially, then me, who has been
getting punched in the face for the last 20 years, I had to
start taking care of myself too. I’m so glad that I did.
It’s been life changing.
“We’re getting ready for the best Adrien Broner. Whether
that’s one that throws 10 punches a round or 50 punches a
round, we’re focused on our craft and what we have to do to
win the fight. That’s all we have in mind right now.
“It’s never been me against the world. It’s been me against
myself. Now I’ve realized that. After being diagnosed with
the slew of mental health issues that I had, I realize that
the battle really has been with myself. I’ve made my career
so much harder than it had to be because of everything that
I had going on outside of boxing. Now that I’ve gotten that
cleared out of the way, I’m able to focus on what I have to
do to be the best version of myself in the ring.
“I’ve been working my ass off both internally and externally
to be the best version of myself. We’re hoping to provide
that on August 20. I’m going in there and I want to feel
that fire again. It’s exciting and I can’t wait to go out
there and put it out.”
MIKE STAFFORD, Broner’s Trainer
“It’s been a long camp and at this point, we’ll definitely
be ready for this fight on August 20.
“It’s never a crossroads fight for Adrien. He can always
fight anywhere in the country, any time he wants to, because
he has the attitude that he’s going to win. We’re looking at
it like we’re going to take over boxing again,
“A lot of people wanted him to lose, because they don’t see
the skillset and the punches that he throws that truly
count. He actually dropped Jovanie Santiago but didn’t get a
10-8 round for it. A lot of people talk about Adrien, but
they’re not in the ring taking shots from him and seeing the
skills he has.
“Adrien just wants to get back in the ring and prove that
he’s the top dog again. He’s training his ass off to prove
to the world that he’s coming.
“Most of Adrien’s stoppages came below welterweight. When he
was at 147, he would never even weigh in at that limit. I
think this is definitely his comfortable weight.
“People think Adrien is a regular fighter, but he’s beyond
regular. He’s opened up the door for a lot of fighters. But
he needs one or two more belts before we ride off into the
OMAR FIGUEROA SR., Figueroa’s Father and Trainer
“We’re going back to basics. It’s kind of like starting over
and getting into his memory and the things we were doing
before when he was doing great. We’re trying to get him in
top shape. A lot of respect to Adrien Broner. I think both
guys are going to go in there and put up a big fight. It’s
going to be exciting. They are equally matched.
“I think Omar is going to be a much different fighter on
August 20. We’re just hoping that both fighters come in
great shape and put on a good show for the fans.
“I can guarantee the fans will see a tough Mexican fighter.
Omar has a great offensive skillset. He throws a lot of
punches. Adrien likes to fight these kinds of boxers. It’s
guaranteed to be a great fight and the fans will enjoy it.”