Broner (27-0, 22 KOs) is slated to defend the WBA welterweight crown against Maidana (34-3, 31 KOs) on December 14 at the Alamodome.
Currently ranked as the eighth preeminent pound-for-pounder, Broner (27-0, 22 KOs) last vacated the squared circle in June as a split decision victor over Paulie Malignaggi.
Also a former junior lightweight and lightweight titlist, the arrogant, flamboyant and simply unlikable Broner eagerly added 12 pounds to meet Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs).
Malignaggi’s a brilliant defensive pugilist who is capable of causing any opponent to struggle.
Still, an inferior Malignaggi made “The Problem” look mediocre.
“Maidana is one-dimensional and not in my league,” said Broner, 24, a native Cincinnatian who is promoted by Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions. “I’m a Ferrari and he’s a go-kart and my fans will see that in my return to Texas. It’s been over four years since I’ve fought there and I’m going to put on a show. Watch me light Maidana up like a Christmas tree on Dec. 14.”
Conversely, a past junior welterweight titleholder, Maidana most recently exited the ring on June 8 with a sixth round TKO triumph over Josésito López.
“Everyone knows that Broner has a big mouth, but that doesn’t bother me, because his mouth can’t fight for him,” said Maidana, 30. “Whether he has the guts to stand in front of me or if he runs I’ll definitely go for the KO and either way, I’m leaving the ring with the belt.”
A beloved Argentinean, Maidana is a bruiser whose punches land with thuds.
The match will essentially pit Broner’s blinding speed and vast overall skills against Maidana’s intimidating style and power.
Broner won’t “light Maidana up like a Christmas tree.”