Four-time world champion Adrien Broner pulled out of his nationally televised fight against Omar Figueroa on Saturday night on Monday, citing mental health.
Broner announced his decision on Instagram, apologizing to his fans and asking for prayers. He said sanity is real and “I’ve seen a lot of people die messing with their boxing career and that’s something I won’t do…”
Showtime was to broadcast the fight from Hollywood, Florida.
The 33-year-old from Cincinnati also said he loves boxing and “I feel like I failed before because my mind wasn’t 100% there.”
Broner said he needed to make some changes instead of worrying about other people’s feelings.
“Actually, I have nothing to prove to anyone,” Broner wrote. “I’m a 4 time world champion in 4 different weight classes and if I never lace up another pair of gloves again, I feel like it’s safe to say I’ll be inducted into the #BoxingHallOfFame.”
Broner last fought on Feb. 20, 2021, posting a unanimous decision over previously undefeated Jovanie Santiago, also on Showtime. It ended a 25-month absence from boxing and improved his record to 34-4-1. There was one fight judged no contest.
Broner has had problems away from boxing, including multiple arrests. In 2019, he received a restraining order after making homophobic threats on social media. He was later ordered to pay more than $830,000 for sexually assaulting a woman at a Cleveland nightclub.
Broner was jailed for a parole violation last year after failing to enroll in a court-mandated alcohol treatment program.