Former world champion Adrien Broner is being sued by a New York jeweler after reportedly refusing to pay for items he was loaned.
According to court documents, Vladdy’s Diamonds has filed a $573,000 federal lawsuit against Broner.
Vladdy’s Diamonds says Broner ordered $500,000 worth of custom-made jewelry and was given a $100,000 discount for promoting the company.
The items loaned included a 40mm yellow Daydate diamond watch, 14 carat yellow gold diamond Cuban chain, a 14 carat yellow diamond Cuban link bracelet, and a 14 carat yellow diamond ring.
The custom-made pieces included a “custom AB diamond pendant with diamond Cuban link pendant”, a Patek Philipe watch with diamonds and a “14 carat two tone diamond bracelet 23 carat” including “AB diamond box lock.”
Vladdy’s claims that Broner wrote a $443,000 check for the loaned jewelry, but it bounced, and “The Problem” has since refused to pay up.
Broner (33-4-1, 24 KO’s) could return in the fall against Ukrainian brawler Ivan Redkach. The 30-year-old was also in discussions to face Omar Figueroa and Lee Selby earlier this year, but talks fell through.
Broner lost a one-sided unanimous decision to then-secondary welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao in January. Since then, Broner has subsequently retired twice, but announced in each instance that he would fight again.