Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KOs) brutalized Mike Alvarado to earn the WBO light welterweight title on October 19.
The “Siberian Rocky,” who lost a controversial unanimous decision to Timothy Bradley last March, is a relentless banger who has become more skilled under the tutelage of renowned trainer Freddie Roach.
Conversely, the 30-year-old Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs) universally outscored Adrien Broner to capture the WBA welterweight belt on December 14.
A powerful and beloved Argentinean, Maidana outworked the 24-year-old Broner (27-1, 22 KOs) and floored the loudmouth in the second and eighth rounds.
Maidana, who is also a past junior welterweight champion, was far more active than Broner and landed bruising punches throughout the 36-minute slugfest.
Ultimately, Maidana exposed Broner and proved he is nothing more than a fragile blowhard.
“Maidana versus Broner was a great fight! I really enjoyed that fight and Maidana’s style and strategy for the fight was very well executed,” said Provodnikov, 29, who emerged victorious in 130 of 150 amateur fights.
“I know people are talking about me fighting Broner. But, wouldn’t you rather see me fight with Maidana? I think it is possible that Broner moved up too quickly. But, I see a better fight for the fans with Maidana.”
Provodnikov possesses a granite chin, cement fists and his punches land with resounding thuds.
Supremely confident and in tremendous physical condition, the “Siberian Rocky” is an overwhelming force in the squared circle.
Although Maidana is an extremely worthy adversary, it’s difficult to envision that he could take Provodnikov.