- Adrien Broner has apologized after storming out of a virtual press conference earlier this week.
- It seemed like a classic case of ‘do you even know who I am?’ gone wrong.
- Broner will take part in a Q&A with media Thursday to build interest in his return to the boxing ring August 20.
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American boxing star Adrien Broner issued an apology on social media after he stormed out of a press conference because it was virtual, and one he deemed not grand enough for his apparent status in the sport.
It seemed like a classic case of “do you even know who I am?” as Broner said a few words, expressed disgust at having to speak to reporters remotely, before leaving in a huff.
“When you say it’s fuck me, it’s fuck y’all,” he said.
Broner even cussed out two of boxing’s most powerful figures — Premier Boxing Champions founder Al Haymon, and Showtime Sports president Stephen Espinoza — for good measure.
Adriano Broner angrily left a Zoom call as, he felt, it wasn’t a real press conference. Photo by Showtime / YouTube
Speaking later on Instagram, Broner said: “Listen, man. I was just frustrated with a lot of shit that’s going on in my life. Me and Showtime Boxing, and Al Haymon, have no problems whatsoever.”
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“Playas fuck up and stand up. Men can own up to a mistake,” Broner added. “Showtime and Al Haymon, we locked in for life. I love y’all. See ya in some weeks. Let’s go.”
A Q&A with the media was swiftly rescheduled for Thursday so that Broner can speak to reporters about his upcoming super lightweight match against Omar Figueroa Jr.
The 140-pound fighters square off on August 20 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, in a Premier Boxing Champions event broadcast on Showtime.
Adrien Broner. Photo by Getty Images
A four-weight boxing champion, Broner was once one of the sport’s brightest stars at the start of the 2010s, working his way through numerous weight classes while trash-talking his foes, picking up wins, and the belts that come with them.
In recent years, though, he’s returned a loss, a draw, a loss, and a win.
Victory over Figueroa could see Broner rise once again, however, Figueroa will be desperate to buck a two-fight losing skid and reinvigorate his own career with a win against a notable name like Broner.