The latest round in court for Adrien Broner revealed delays both on the legal front and in the ring.
The former four-division titlist remains embroiled in a civil lawsuit, for which he still owes $830,000 stemming from a June 2018 incident which has twice landed the boxer in jail. Broner and his new lawyer, Marcus Sidoti were both present as was his accuser and her attorney for Monday’s show cause hearing at Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court in Cleveland, Ohio.
From the session came the revelation that Broner still lacks a viable income revenue source, along with the claim that he has yet to receive a contract for his next fight according to court records, a copy of which BoxingScene.com has obtained. Broner previously swore under oath of plans to face veteran fringe contender Ivan Redkach on January 16, 2021, which he claimed would provide a payday necessary to reimburse his “friends… [reigning two-division titlist] Gervonta Davis, [adviser] Al Haymon [and Showtime Sports President] Stephen Espinoza” for money he claimed to have received via CashApp in order to stay afloat.
His friends will have to wait for such payback, according to Monday’s court records. The plaintiff and her legal team—headed by famed civil rights attorney Subodh Chandra—entered an extension of time to formally oppose Broner’s existing Motion For Relief From Judgment and Motion To Vacate Judgement which was filed on December 2.
A date has been set for December 16 for the plaintiff to file such motion of opposition. The court ordered in its ruling a transcript of the damages hearing held last December 17, from which Broner cited portions of his testimony and which the plaintiff and her attorneys can legally review for reference and respond accordingly.
Additionally, a previously scheduled court hearing for December 28 has been pushed back to February 3, 2021, with all parties required to be present.
The ongoing lawsuit stems from an incident which took place at a nightclub in Cleveland’s Warehouse District in June 2018, around the time of the 2018 NBA Finals. Cincinnati’s Broner was formally charged with sexual assault in November 2018, around the time of the formal announcement of his January 2019 Showtime Pay-Per-View headliner versus legendary eight division and reigning welterweight titlist Manny Pacquiao.
Broner offered a pedestrian effort in dropping a landslide 12-round decision. He has not fought since, though it hasn’t at all prevented him from making the headlines though for all of the wrong reasons.
Through it all, this legal matter remains largely unresolved.
Broner entered a guilty plea in April 2019 to lesser charges of assault and unlawful restraint, for which he was sentenced to two years of probation. While it kept him out of jail, Broner was far from cleared; his accuser filed a civil lawsuit, which the boxer repeatedly disregarded to the point of the plaintiff being awarded a judgement by default.
More trouble came this past summer when a motion was filed this past summer, alerting the Cuyahoga County Court that Broner hadn’t made any effort to settle the existing civil suit. The boxer was later sentenced to seven days in prison on a parole violation, having been arrested for Driving While Intoxicated this past March in Miami.
A court order for Brone to provide financial information was to have been by Friday, October 30. Broner and his former attorney, Stanley Jackson provided Chandra’s firm with what was deemed incomplete documents and insufficient for court heading into a subsequent hearing on November 2.
It was at the November 2 hearing where Broner was verbally dressed down by the Honorable Judge Margaret Russo, who continues to preside over the case. Hon. Russo questioned Broner about the luxurious lifestyle he often claims to enjoy through his social media accounts, to which he claimed to be cash poor and supported by friends upon request.
His antics were enough for the judge to send Broner back to prison.
“Mr. Broner has continually defied every court ordered I’ve given,” stated Hon. Russo. “The jig is up.”
Broner was released on November 4, under the conditions of producing a verified contract for his claimed January 2021 fight with Redkach and appearing with legal representation for a compliance hearing previously set for December 28 but since moved to February 3, 2021. Failure to abide would once again leave Broner in contempt of court, which is punishable by fine and/or jail time.
Broner—who secured the legal services of Mr. Sidoti on November 18, replacing Mr. Jackson—faces the same disciplinary action should be violate an order prohibiting him from disposing, conveying or converting any existing funds or assets as to avoid satisfying the pending judgment in this case.
BoxingScene.com has learned that plans for the January 16 card on Showtime will move forward, with or without Broner as part of the event. At least one title fight has been tentatively secured for the show, which will likely elevate to the headlining act.
Meanwhile, the onus remains on Broner to provide the court within the next seven days a certified affidavit of no income activity scheduled. Broner is also required to notify Plaintiff’s counsel by no later than Wednesday, December 9 of “any compensated appearance of any type and to further notify…of any scheduled appearance for compensation and/or of any activity of any sort for which Defendant will receive compensation in any form, regardless of contract.
“Defendant is further ordered to notify the Plaintiff within 48 hours of the receipt of any funds from any person or entity and to identify the amount, name, address email address and phone number of the person who provided the funds and the exact amount of those funds. Defendant is also ordered to produce and provide ongoing updates of any funds received through his CashApp account, incliding all identifying information of any and all donors.”
Broner (33-4, 24KOs) has won alphabet titles at junior lightweight, lightweight, junior welterweight and welterweight, though has not held a belt since April 2016.
A 12th round knockout of Khabib Allakhverdiev in October 2015 represents Broner’s last win in a title fight, having vacated the title at the scale due to missing weight for his April 2016 clash with Ashley Theophane in Washington D.C. Broner won the non-title fight by 9th round knockout, after which he was ordered to return home to Cincinnati for an outstanding warrant on assault and battery charges stemming from an alleged incident outside of a local bowling alley. Such charges were subsequently dropped.
Broner’s last ring victory came in February 2017. Since then have come losses to Mikey Garcia in July 2017 and Pacquiao last January, along with a hard-fought 12-round draw with Jessie Vargas in April 2018.
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