Rob “Bravo” Brant
Published February 14, 2019
HINCKLEY, Minn. — WBA middleweight champion Rob “Bravo” Brant, female fighting sensation and NABF super featherweight champion Mikaela Mayer, and top bantamweight contender Joshua “Don’t Blink” Greer Jr. will host a “Clinic with the Pros” for local children Wednesday afternoon at Meshakwad Community Center (4 p.m.) as they prepare to take center stage on Friday night at Grand Casino Hinckley.
Brant, a St. Paul native, will defend his title against Khasan Baysangurov, Mayer (9-0, 4 KOs) will take on Yareli Larios, and Greer will fight Giovanni Escaner. All three bouts will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 8 p.m. CT.
Brant, Mayer, and Greer will run the children through assorted boxing drills and give motivational speeches about the hard work required to become a world-class athlete.
Rob Brant (24-1, 16 KOs) — A native of St. Paul, Minn., Brant captured the WBA middleweight title last October with a unanimous decision over Ryota Murata in Las Vegas. Before turning pro in 2012, he was one of the United States’ top amateurs, winning gold medals at the U.S. National Championships and National Golden Gloves Championships.
Mikaela Mayer (9-0, 4 KOs) — Mayer represented the United States at the 2016 Rio Olympics and is now one of the most prominent female boxers in the world. She captured the NABF super featherweight title last October and will make the second defense of that belt Friday versus Larios. A versatile combat sports athlete, Mayer almost turned pro as an MMA fighter before signing a deal with Top Rank to focus on boxing.
Joshua Greer Jr. (19-1-1, 11 KOs) —The big-punching Greer is one of boxing’s rising star who has won his last six bouts by knockout. The Chicago native is in line for a world title opportunity in 201 9.