Omar Figueroa Jr. San Antonio
Media Workout Quotes
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 Saturday, August 20 live on SHOWTIME from
Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in
Hollywood, Fla., in a Premier Boxing Champions event.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast 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 defends his title against unbeaten Hector
Garcia in the telecast opener.
Figueroa Jr. was joined on Tuesday by his brother, former
super bantamweight world champion and current featherweight
contender Brandon Figueroa and his father and trainer Omar
Figueroa Sr. at the media workout.
Here is what they had to say:
OMAR FIGUEROA JR.
“We grew up kind of poor coming from the Valley. San Antonio
was the biggest city that we could get to and enjoy. For us,
this was like the maximum. So being able to camp here being
so close to home has been a game changer. Obviously, I have
my family here as well. I won’t say everything in this camp
has gone perfect, because perfection is so hard to acquire,
but everything has gone pretty close to perfect. We’re
“I’m just worried about this fight. I’m not looking at
anything else. I don’t know how I’m going to feel,
physically and mentally. So much has changed in the past
year. I’ve gone through so much since I was diagnosed
regarding my mental health. It’s been tough. I’ve been doing
this for 27 years now. So, I’m really looking forward to
“The biggest thing for me the past few years has been my
mental health diagnosis. After my last fight, I knew there
was something wrong. We did everything we needed to do in
camp, we prepared right to make sure we were 100%.
Everything went wrong in that fight. I started questioning
myself and wondering why the heck everything went so badly.
I spoke to my doctor and then I was diagnosed with all these
mental health issues and that’s when I realized maybe the
problem was me all along. I’ve been working on myself so
much. I’m just grateful to SHOWTIME and my team and we’re
excited to show how far we’ve come.
“Growing up in the Mexican culture, it’s a lot of ‘It’s all
in your head. It doesn’t really exist.’ So, I had to look
into it alone. I didn’t have the support of my family when
it came to that. Even now, they still kind of struggle to
see that. I feel it’s very taboo to a lot of people.
Thankfully, I’m in a position where, having the platform I
have, I’m able to shed some light on it and show that we’re
all just human. Us boxers may look like we’re invincible,
getting punched and cut and fighting through it, but we’re
human at the end of the day. I finally took a break and
looked inward and started taking care of myself, accepting
the fact that I’m human, that I hurt, that I can get anxiety
and that I can get depressed.
“This camp has shed some light on being vulnerable and how
much it helps to allow myself to be human. Now, I talk to my
family differently. If I’m having a tough day before I get
here to the gym, I’ll talk to my mom or my sister. Or when
I’m feeling low, we’ll just embrace. I tell them how much I
love them, how much I appreciate them for being here for me.
Honestly, being human is one of the best things I decided to
“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.”
BRANDON FIGUEROA, Figueroa’s Brother and Former World
“Both of these guys are going to bring everything to the
table. I think it’s their time to shine, their time to
showcase their skills and really make a statement. I’m just
so proud of my brother, how far he has come and that he is
still here. He’s put in the work. Every time me and my
brother fight, it’s must-see. We’re all-action fighters.
This is going to be amazing.
“It’s going to be a great fight. There will definitely be
fireworks. I know my brother is going to put the pressure on
Broner. Broner is quick, fast and slick so my brother has to
keep that pressure on him, work the body and do the
effective work that Marcos Maidana did when he beat Broner.
Obviously, it’s not similar styles, but if he follows that
game plan I believe it will work.”
OMAR FIGUEROA SR., Figueroa’s Father and Trainer
“Preparation is going well. His training has been good,
sparring is good, injury-free up to now. We’re hoping he’s
at 100% going into this fight.
“Omar is an offensive-minded fighter. That’s his defense.
So, we’re working on conditioning for this fight. Omar is
32. He’s feeling the age a bit. That’s why you take
advantage of your youth in this sport. But with Broner, that
is a pretty even fight. We’re looking to win this fight and
see what’s next.
“Broner is a great fighter. He derailed a bit, but he’s back
on track. He and Omar took different paths and now they’re
back on it. I take nothing away from Broner. He looked a
little overweight from what I saw, but maybe he knows how to
cut weight getting close to the fight.”