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Omar Figueroa Jr. withdraws from April 21 fight vs. Adrien Broner after injuring shoulder

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Omar Figueroa Jr. and Adrien Broner won’t fight after all.

The matchup was threatened by legal problems for each boxer, but it’s an injury to Figueroa that will end up scraping the junior welterweight bout.

“The Problem” was scheduled to face Figueroa on April 21 in a Showtime Championship Boxing main event, but Figueroa suffered a rotator cuff injury and has informed organizers that he won’t be able to fight, a source told ESPN first reported the news.

Broner (33-3, 24 knockouts) will remain in the main event while a new opponent is sought. He can also fight at 147 pounds, which should make finding a new opponent easier.

The former four-division titleholder is coming off a lopsided defeat to Mikey Garcia in July and is looking to rejuvenate his career.

He was arrested last month after after allegedly groping a woman at an Atlanta mall. Figueroa, too, is in trouble with the law. The Texan is set to appear in court on March 26 following an arrest for allegedly driving under the influence in January.

Figueroa (27-0-1, 19 KOs) held a lightweight title 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 on the shelf once again.

There is one fight that remains intact for the April 21 card: Jermall Charlo will fight Hugo Centeno Jr. in a middleweight title eliminator, a fight that was actually rescheduled from its original March 3 date.

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