Maidana ready for biggest test

Marcos Maidana is convinced he is equipped to give trash-talking Adrien Broner the toughest test of his career on Saturday night.

The Argentinian welterweight is regarded as a big puncher and will go into the fight with Broner in San Antonio on the back of three straight stoppage wins, the last of which saw a sixth round stoppage of Josesito Lopez in June.

Broner, meanwhile, remains undefeated in his 27 professional bouts and would have you know he is the second coming of Floyd Mayweather despite an unimpressive split decision win over Paulie Malignaggi last time out.

Broner had stepped up to the welterweight limit for the first time but his inability to get to grips with the awkward New Yorker begged serious questions about his ability to dominate in the 147lbs division.

Victory over a solid challenger like Maidana - who has had almost two years to grow into the welterweight since moving up to lose on points to Devon Alexander in February last year - would go a small way to boosting Broner's claims to greatness.

For the 30-year-old Maidana, a former interim holder of the WBA light-welterweight title he lost to Khan, this is almost certainly his last shot at the kind of pay-per-view future he believes he deserves.

Maidana said: "I really want to be world welterweight champion, and since Broner beat Malignaggi he has become my obsession. I'm convinced Broner has never fought a rival like me.

"He is now an established welterweight but the question is is he physically a welterweight? His problem is he hasn't been tested by a natural welterweight like me, and that's why he's in for the hardest fight of his life."

Brash Broner may have grown used to setting the pre-fight agenda but he has been matched this time round by Maidana, who pursued his rival at a Las Vegas show the night before Floyd Mayweather faced Saul Alvarez in September.

Angered by a war of words over Twitter, Maidana approached Broner and the pair became embroiled in an ugly confrontation and had to be separated by security.

Maidana admitted: "I really wanted to beat him and knock him out even at that stage when the fight was not done already.

"But after the incident it really lightened me up and was a motivation for me because I'm not used to getting into arguments or coming to blows with fellow fighters.

"But this guy has something special. He's a provocative character so it really gave me motivation to focus more on my training for Decemmber 14."

Broner has remained relatively quiet in the build-up to a bout which will likely define the legitimacy of his claims to be Mayweather's natural successor - or even to a fight with Mayweather further down the road.

"I can't really trash talk with someone who doesn't speak English, so I will not be the villain like everybody tries to make me out," said Broner.

"It doesn't matter what I do, I just feel like I never get the credit I deserve. They're never going to give me my full respect, even if I go in there and knock Maidana out in the first round."