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

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

Ryota Murata v Rob Brant Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images

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In the span of one week, Rob Brant has had his return announced, received an opponent, and withdrawn from said return with a bicep injury.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.