There is nothing like a well told story on the big screen to captivate an audience. For Minnesota middleweight Robert Brant, his story is just beginning and just as actors search for a golden statue, the trophy that drives him will fit perfectly around his waist.
There's a line from the movie Starship Troopers where Jean Rasczak played by Michael Ironside says "I expect the best and I give the best. Here's the beer. Here's the entertainment. Now have fun. That's an order!"
Brant could recite the entire film word for word. He's seen it a million times and if he were to be stranded on a deserted island it would be the one movie he would take with him.
As a young fighter he has burst upon the scene making his pro debut in 2012 and just like the line states, he expects the best, gives the best and when watching him hone his craft demands that you enjoy yourself.
Brant's jump into the professional ranks in 2012 was the most highly anticipated debut since 2008. The six-time amateur champion provides a little bit of everything in the ring. To keep things as simple as possible, he's damn good and looks to take the middleweight division by storm both in the state and from the world stage. Brant is careful to keep his focus on the here and now, but at 22 he also sees and craves the bigger
"It's all part of the process. I have a great team that's with me to really make those hard nose decisions," said Brant. "Just being Minnesota champion is what a lot of Minnesota fighters strive to be.
The middleweight division in Minnesota is crowded. Caleb Truax sits at the top of the mountain as the state champ followed by Matt Vanda, Andy Kolle and Cerresso Fort, who Brant fought early in his amateur career. Just four fights into his career, Brant is already ranked 8th and that number will rise after his fight on January 5th.
Boxing is a funny sport in that so much of it relies on timing. With that said, we may never see Brant fight Vanda or Kolle let alone Truax. That isn't stopping the him from throwing his weight and name into the ring when it comes to top pound for pound fighters in the state.
"We have a plethora of great athletes here in the state. Especially in my weight class," said Brant. "Matt Vanda I've followed for some time and I look up to him a lot of the time. With the Truax and Vanda, I have way too much respect for both those fighters. It does really motivate me to watch these guys climb and all of a sudden cross paths."
Brant will continue his climb Saturday night. With a record of 4-0, he will step up in rounds for his fight against Ramon Barber (3-2-0). Of his four previous fights all but one have ended in knockout fashion. His debut TKO of Cheyenne Ziegler was a clinic and Brant will fight his fifth fight in seven months and by the time 2014 rolls around, he hopes to be in conversation for a fight that will land him on television and gain he and his team more exposure.
Until then, there is one thing for certain. When Brant enters the ring, there are plenty of lights, camera's and action.