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Robert Brant: New Blood Middleweight

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Robert Brant stopped by RingNews24 Boxing Radio after dismantling Chris Fitzpatrick in 3 rounds. The impressive victory brings Brant’s record to 21-0, 14 KO’s. The Minnesota-born pugilist, who was once an unknown commodity, is now on notice. Climbing the rankings of boxing’s sanctioning bodies, it is only a matter of time before Brant is lacing ’em up against the top competition at 160 pounds. Which there is plenty of.

Brant brings an impressive style to the table. Throwing stiff combinations in the pocket, behind an adequate jab, and a solid defence. Brant also possesses more speed than most middleweights today. He fights at a pace more suited for the welterweight division. Brant told RN24 Boxing Radio that he knew going into the fight, with the veteran Fitzpatrick, that there was a significant advantage in speed on his side of the column. The one downside for Robert Brant is he might be too impressive on his journey to the top.

Bravo, Brant’s alias, stated he wanted to fight again by October, and WBA number one contender Alfonso Blanco is the desired opponent. With Brant looking so dangerous, you wonder if Team Blanco would risk their number one ranking in such a fight. We can only hope. At this time, the WBA sports belts for two different champions. Who both happen to be busy. Gennady Golovkin (GGG), who many regard as the legitimate 160-pound champion, is set to defend his title for the 17th time against Welterweight Champion Kell Brook. While Jacobs will put his belt on the line in a rematch with Sergio Mora. After those fights are settled, it will be interesting to see who fights whom, and where Robert Brant fits into the equation. While interested in the outcome of those fights, Bravo does not want to sit around and wait while it all unfolds.

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If Brant cannot land a fight with Blanco, there are other options. Brant is also ranked in the top ten in the WBO, where the head scratcher himself; Billy Joe Saunders holds the title. Since besting Andy Lee for that title, Saunders has done nothing and is not even willing to face Gabe Rosado. Conventional wisdom dictates Saunders is going to have to defend his title against someone. However, there is nothing conventional about Billy Joe Saunders. Who seems to prefer talking about fighting. Perhaps Bravo should be setting his sights on positioning himself for a shot at the WBO crown.

Whatever the next fight is for Robert Brant, it is refreshing to see new blood make noise in the middleweight division. The apparent unwillingness to fight GGG from the rest of the 160-pound titleholders; hence the Brook fight, provides a guy like Brant with an opportunity to fight to the head of the line. If fighters like Jacobs, Eubank Jr., Billy Joe Saunders, and the like, fail to seize the day; look for this kid from Minnesota to fight for a chance at boxing royalty by mid-2017.

stopped by RingNews24 Boxing Radio after dismantling Chris Fitzpatrick in 3 rounds. The impressive victory brings Brant’s record to 21-0, 14 KO’s. The Minnesota-born pugilist, who was once an unknown commodity, is now on notice. Climbing the rankings of boxing’s sanctioning bodies, it is only a matter of time before Brant is lacing ’em up against the top competition at 160 pounds. Which there is plenty of.

Brant brings an impressive style to the table. Throwing stiff combinations in the pocket, behind an adequate jab, and a solid defence. Brant also possesses more speed than most middleweights today. He fights at a pace more suited for the welterweight division. Brant told RN24 Boxing Radio that he knew going into the fight, with the veteran Fitzpatrick, that there was a significant advantage in speed on his side of the column. The one downside for Robert Brant is he might be too impressive on his journey to the top.

Bravo, Brant’s alias, stated he wanted to fight again by October, and WBA number one contender Alfonso Blanco is the desired opponent. With Brant looking so dangerous, you wonder if Team Blanco would risk their number one ranking in such a fight. We can only hope. At this time, the WBA sports belts for two different champions. Who both happen to be busy. Gennady Golovkin (GGG), who many regard as the legitimate 160-pound champion, is set to defend his title for the 17th time against Welterweight Champion Kell Brook. While Jacobs will put his belt on the line in a rematch with Sergio Mora. After those fights are settled, it will be interesting to see who fights whom, and where Robert Brant fits into the equation. While interested in the outcome of those fights, Bravo does not want to sit around and wait while it all unfolds.

If Brant cannot land a fight with Blanco, there are other options. Brant is also ranked in the top ten in the WBO, where the head scratcher himself; Billy Joe Saunders holds the title. Since besting Andy Lee for that title, Saunders has done nothing and is not even willing to face Gabe Rosado. Conventional wisdom dictates Saunders is going to have to defend his title against someone. However, there is nothing conventional about Billy Joe Saunders. Who seems to prefer talking about fighting. Perhaps Bravo should be setting his sights on positioning himself for a shot at the WBO crown.

Whatever the next fight is for Robert Brant, it is refreshing to see new blood make noise in the middleweight division. The apparent unwillingness to fight GGG from the rest of the 160-pound titleholders; hence the Brook fight, provides a guy like Brant with an opportunity to fight to the head of the line. If fighters like Jacobs, Eubank Jr., Billy Joe Saunders, and the like, fail to seize the day; look for this kid from Minnesota to fight for a chance at boxing royalty by mid-2017.

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