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Andre Ward Wins Tune-Up Fight, Set for November Clash with Sergey Kovalev

Andre Ward v Alexander Brand Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

On Saturday, August 6, 2016, Andre Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) secured his November showdown with Sergey Kovalev by scoring a dominant unanimous decision victory against Alexander Brand (25-2, 19 KOs) at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

The fight headlined a single-fight telecast of HBO Boxing in the U.S.

Ward, who had previously secured a November 19 date with Light Heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, needed to walk away from this fight unscathed in order to secure the more lucrative fight.

Unfortunately for tonight’s viewers, that meant fighting like the 32-year-old native of Oakland always does, by fighting intelligently without taking too many risks.

Brand, although experienced as an amateur and a professional, did not have the tools to even threaten Ward, but the 39-year-old native of Colombia did make it hard for Ward to get the knock out.

“We knew this guy was going to be really hard to knock out. People have to realize that when a guy with his experience doesn’t want to get knocked out, it’s hard,” said Ward in his post-fight interview with HBO’s Max Kellerman.

“I tried to press it, didn’t get it, but it’s good to get the rounds,” said Ward.

Andre Ward v Alexander Brand Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Image Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

Then, as he was joined by his next challenge, Kovalev himself, Ward was asked about his November 19 showdown and if his fight tonight, which was admittedly a tune-up, was enough for him to be ready.

“I’ve been doing this for 20 years. If I’m not ready to fight the best now, I’ll never be ready,” said Ward.

“Yes, he’s ready. I’m ready too,” said Kovalev on his part. Kovalev also compared his performance against his previous opponent, Issac Chilemba, and the toughness he faced in the fight, with his upcoming date with Ward. Kovalev seems to have been suggesting that he was in for a tough twelve-rounder against Ward.

Both men were diplomatic during Ward’s post-fight interview, but fan’s can expect anything but diplomacy in their fight.

Check out the post-fight interview below, and let us know who you think will win in the comments section.

 

Gabe Rivas has written for Round By Round Boxing since July of 2013. He studies Literature and Philosophy, tutors English, and teaches Boxing. Follow him on Instagram and on Twitter @GabeRivas03.

58 comments
Du'Shawn Falls
Du'Shawn Falls

I'm glad he's past the bs with old management now it's his time to shine even more Light Heavyweight is coming Cali is going to be in the building that night

Kiman Learmond
Kiman Learmond

Ward will surprise people he is alot bigger then you think.

Omar Mariam
Omar Mariam

Omzz Jones Andrew Solo Dolo Haidar best fighter in my error andre ward \U0001f44a

Phil Corral
Phil Corral

Andre ward looks scared, lol. He's a chump

Jack Gray
Jack Gray

Brad Fraser Leighton Heslop this will be a class fight

Antoine Carney
Antoine Carney

Kovalev shouldn't try & fight Ward like he did Chilemba. Ward is too Crafty

Muzamil Kasi
Muzamil Kasi

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Robert Martin
Robert Martin

Where is this fight taking places @ (more then likely Vegas like always

Manuel Ortega III
Manuel Ortega III

Funny how ppl saying "oh ward couldnt stop this nobody " dude brand has never been stopped and ward not known for his ko power anyways you can please everyone #team SOG AW #1

Franklin Begay Jr.
Franklin Begay Jr.

Ward wins UD, Kovalev don't have anything Ward hasn't seen before.

Paul Lynch
Paul Lynch

Let the debate commence \U0001f440

Dontez Blue
Dontez Blue

Franklin Begay Jr. He dropped ward too. They both beat him though

Conor Monaghan
Conor Monaghan

Youre telling me Ward has faced someone as powerful and as explosive as Kovalev?

Conor Monaghan
Conor Monaghan

Who cares what Boone said? You said Kovalev doesny have anything that Ward hasnt seen before which is a lot of shite

Franklin Begay Jr.
Franklin Begay Jr.

Boone fought both Kovalev and Ward, dropped them both. Please tell us what Kovalev has that Ward hasn't seen???

Jacob Roca
Jacob Roca

Looks like we on track brother Lorenzo Pascuzzo

Lorenzo Pascuzzo
Lorenzo Pascuzzo

Hahaha was looking for this gee. Cant wait. Ward didnt even want to look at him hahahahah

Alfred Tee
Alfred Tee

Lucky Keo your boy gonna get murdered uce \U0001f602\U0001f602 Seamus Brown

Joel Shackleton
Joel Shackleton

if ward beats him he will go down as an all time great

MD Dunlop
MD Dunlop

ward is a gun but Sergey is to strong I hope Sergey goes all the way both nice humble fighters

Shauno Young
Shauno Young

Tapu Opetaia OK il go the Russian for a cartoon of beer ??

Reagan Dessaix
Reagan Dessaix

Adrian Csima It's on!!! \U0001f44a\U0001f3fd\U0001f4a5\U0001f44a\U0001f3fd David Hadfield Emery Falcon Wazzim WazidNick White

Will Mohr
Will Mohr

GGG needs to step up and fight the winner of this fight ! That would be sick \U0001f4a6\U0001f4a6

Jordon Mohr
Jordon Mohr

Yeah ggg should go up im weight to prove he is p4p king. (Which i dont reckon he is)

Gerome Quigley Jr.
Gerome Quigley Jr.

I'm going with the Russian dude, especially if him the way he fought this dude tonight. If you couldn't stop whatever his name is you damn sure not stopping Kovalev and it DAMN sure shouldn't be on PPV, I'll wait until it airs a week later

Gerome Quigley Jr.
Gerome Quigley Jr.

Chris Conroy yea but you need something other than slick movement to keep a big puncher like Kovalev off you. Let's not forget the Russian can box his ass off to....

Emmanuel Berdecia Cortes
Emmanuel Berdecia Cortes

Kovalev is not as versatile as Ward...more than likely will get smothered and outworked on the inside similar to the Froch fight. Brand has never been stopped and Ward only has a 50% KO rate...he did what he does best, manage distance, make adjustments and take you to school for 12.

Eriko Arias
Eriko Arias

They both had bad tune up fights. It's going to be good fight. Kovalev is not froch so you can compare. I see both Andre and Kovalev train. Kovalev knows how to box and he hits hard. Andre has good boxing skills and speed but does lack power. Only downside. For Kovalev I say movement but he does know how to cut off the ring. Both have their ups and downs. Can't say who will win but I can say it will be a good fight.

Warren Harris
Warren Harris

Doesn't have to stop him to win, this is boxing there is a such thing as decision, ask Floyd Mayweather.....Boxing is much more than the knockout, Ward won every round in that fight and dude landed an average of only four punches a round on Ward, in boxing that is called dominating a fight.

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