Golden Boy Promotions executive Richard Schaefer confirmed Friday that Adrien Broner will defend the WBA welterweight crown versus Marcos Maidana on December 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Currently ranked as the seventh 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 a hell of a fighter. He will come to fight but, at the end of the day, this is my breaking point into taking over boxing and I will not let this guy kill my vibe," Broner, 24, told ESPN.com.
"I'm not just a boxer. I'm a megastar, and now I'm about to become a pay-per-view megastar. I'm not cocky. I'm very confident in the skill I was blessed with and I want everybody to come out and support me at the MGM Grand and watch on pay-per-view on Dec. 14."
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 bout will essentially pit Broner’s blinding speed and vast overall skills against Maidana’s intimidating style and power.
“At the end of the day,” in a fascinating and dramatic scrap, Adrien Broner will narrowly outscore Marcos Maidana to remain undefeated.