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Rob Brant injures bicep, pulled from January 11th ESPN card

Brant was set to face former title challenger Habib Ahmed in Atlantic City

Ryota Murata v Rob Brant Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Speaking of “quick.”

In the span of one week, Rob Brant has had his return announced, received an opponent, and withdrawn from said return with a bicep injury. As a result, the Cem Kilic-Steven Nelson fight originally planned for this Saturday’s Terence Crawford-Egidijus Kavaliauskas undercard has been bumped to January 11th to join the Jesse Hart-Joe Smith Jr. main card.

Xander Zayas, Sonny Conto, and the rest of the undercard remain intact.

Brant (25-2, 17 KO) was slated to face Habib Ahmed (27-1-1, 18 KO) in what was, frankly, a massive mismatch. Ahmed fell embarrassingly short against Gilberto Ramirez in his sole step up and had accomplished little in his professional career. Admittedly, Brant could be forgiven for taking a gimme after his destructive loss to Ryota Murata, but it was still exponentially less appealing than the rubber match would have been.

That rubber match is still possible, though; depending on how long it takes him to recover from this and whether he still wants a get-well fight, the timing could work out to pit him against whoever wins between Murata and Steven Butler on December 23rd.

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