Currently ranked as the world’s eighth premier pound-for-pounder, the 24-year-old 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.
Conversely, a past junior welterweight titleholder, the 30-year-old Maidana (34-3, 31 KOs) most recently exited the ring on June 8 with a sixth round TKO triumph over Josésito López.
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.