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Omar Figueroa Jr. arrested for alleged DUI ahead of clash with Adrien Broner

Photo by Amanda Westcott/Showtime


Adrien Broner was released from jail Tuesday, but his opponent recently ran afoul of the law, too.

Omar Figueroa Jr., whom Broner is scheduled to fight on April 21 on Showtime, was arrested on January 29 in Indio, California, for allegedly driving under the influence, according to Indio Jail’s online records. ESPN first reported the news.

Figueroa, 28, was arrested at 3:14 a.m. and transported to Indio Jail, where he was booked on the misdemeanor charge before being released later that day. He’s scheduled to appear at Indio Larson Justice Center on March 26 at 7:30 a.m.

The undefeated fighter was listed at 170 pounds, 30 pounds above the contract weight for his junior welterweight title eliminator against Broner.

Broner, too, is facing a misdemeanor charge after he was arrested Monday and then booked Tuesday after allegedly groping a woman at an Atlanta mall. He was charged with sexual battery before being released from jail.

Figueroa (27-0-1, 19 knockouts) held a lightweight but his career has been plagued by inactivity and he didn’t fight in 2016, in part because of nagging hand injuries. He returned in July with a third-round stoppage of Robert Guerrero at welterweight, and now he’s set to compete at 140 pounds.

Both Figueroa and Broner are facing court dates, but for now, the fight is on.

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger

  • Dave O’Connor

    Well it looks like they are taking this fight pretty seriously, hope they both make good money!!


    First, Adrien got arrested. Now Omar got arrested too? Maybe boxing historian Dougie can tell us if this is the first in boxing where two opponents got arrested before their scheduled match-up.

    • D. Gambino

      I’m more shocked about how much each guy weighed at the time of arrest. Broner was 20lbs over the weight and Figueroa is 30lbs over. So much for professionalism eh?

      • Stephen M

        Even though these two guys are only good examples of bad behaviour, isn’t it pretty common for fighters to lose a lot of weight over 2 or 3 months? If Broner loses 10 or 15 pounds of water weight in the last week, that means he only has 5 or ten pounds of flesh to lose in 6 or 7 weeks. Figueroa had more to lose but he was arrested at the end of January.
        I think that guys like Fernando Vargas and Hatton lost even more weight. It did take a toll on them though.

        • D. Gambino

          You’re right Stephen. They certainly can lose that weight in time for the fight. Definitely not impossible just crazy to me that they would blow up that much. Not so much Broner as 20lbs isn’t much at all but Figueroa going up 30 is a bit drastic.

          • Stephen M

            Long term that type of weight loss must be terrible for your body

  • wrecksracer

    They should broadcast this fight live from a prison. Winner goes free!

  • Wade Wilson

    If Figueroa has been boozing it up Broner would be best advised to focus on the body. An irritated liver has a wonderful tendency to turn on you. Not that we can expect either guy to enter in shape!


    This should be bareknuckle fight. The winner faces convicted murderer Mr. Sucker puncher James Butler.

  • jebib

    There are people who are fascinated by train wrecks. Perhaps we could characterize this fight as two trains heading for a head-on crash?