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Ryan Garcia sends Adrien Broner message of support for his mental health issues

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By Robert Segal: Ryan Garcia sent former four-division world champion Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner a message of support on social media on Tuesday, letting him know that he did the right thing by choosing to take time to focus on his mental health.

Broner (34-4-1, 24 KOs) received a huge backlash against him after pulling out of his main event fight this Saturday night against Omar Figueroa Jr on Showtime at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Adrien pulled out of the fight on Monday, saying that he needed to focus on taking care of his mental health. The 33-year-old Broner hadn’t looked well throughout the promotion for his fight against Figueroa.

Instead of the bright-eyed fighter we’d known him for during his career, Broner looked haggard, old, and with tired-looking eyes. Broner’s appearance was that of a fighter that appeared to be burning the candles at both ends.

There are rumors that Broner wasn’t training hard for the fight against Figueroa and was nowhere near ready for what was figured to be a grueling match-up just as tough as AB’s fight against Marcos Maidana in 2013.

 

At this point in Broner’s career, it’s unclear whether he can come back from this to find the success that he’d enjoyed earlier. Broner hasn’t done anything in the sport in many years other than being the opponent for popular fighters like Manny Pacquiao, Mikey Garcia, and Shawn Porter

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Broner’s current net worth is estimated at $6 million. It would be interesting to know whether AB is broke or if he still has that money stowed in the bank.

This latest pull-out by Broner likely didn’t please Showtime, as it left little time to find a replacement to face Figueroa Jr. Thankfully, Sergey Lipinets was found and will step in as the replacement for Broner to battle Figueroa.

We’ll see if Showtime chooses to continue to televise Broner’s fights after this. If not, it’ll be interesting to see which network is willing to show Broner’s fights, as he’s not a champion or a world-ranked contender at this point. Broner is basically an aging prize fighter on the slide who brings little value as the B-side for the elite fighters.

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