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Rob Brant returns on Aug. 22 ESPN card, facing Vitalii Kopylenko

We’ll also see Wendy Toussaint vs Isiah Jones on the Alvarez-Smith card.

Ryota Murata v Rob Brant Getty

Middleweight contender Rob Brant will make his return on Top Rank’s Aug. 22 ESPN card, facing Vitalii Kopylenko in a 10-round catchweight bout.

Brant vs Kopylenko will have a maximum weight of 162 pounds, so Brant doesn’t seem to be looking to move back up to 168 in the near future. He did do that back in 2017, when he lost a wide decision to Juergen Braehmer in Germany.

Brant (25-2, 17 KO) went on to score a deserved upset win over Ryota Murata in Oct. 2018, which gained Brant the WBA’s secondary “world” middleweight title. After a successful defense against Khasan Baysangurov in Feb. 2019, he went to Japan for a rematch with Murata and was overwhelmed, with Murata stopping Brant in the second round.

The 29-year-old Brant now looks to bounce back after a 13-month layoff, facing 36-year-old Kopylenko (28-2, 16 KO), who isn’t a contender but is a solid fighter. He lost a decision to Willie Monroe Jr in ESPN2’s “Boxcino” tournament back in 2014, and most recently fought in May 2019, losing a split decision to Steven Butler on a Golden Boy show.

We’ll also see Star Boxing junior middleweight Wendy Toussaint (11-0, 5 KO) look to stay unbeaten, as the 28-year-old “Haitian Fire” will face MGM Bubble regular Isiah Jones (9-2, 3 KO).

Jones, a 26-year-old from Detroit, fought on Top Rank’s June 16 show, losing to prospect Nikoloz Sekhniashvili, and returned on June 30, where he defeated Donte Stubbs.