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
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.
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.
😭 Pengen😷 komen🎎 di🎁 nomer🐹 Tiga💾 tapi🌵 dah🙏 keduluan🍎 ma❤ Eric👯 Stone :* Tidur nnti bsok ksiangan Round By Round Boxing :D Sunday : 7 - August - 2016 :3 RobOt CReadet
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
Who cares what Boone said? You said Kovalev doesny have anything that Ward hasnt seen before which is a lot of shite
Boone fought both Kovalev and Ward, dropped them both. Please tell us what Kovalev has that Ward hasn't seen???
Adrian Csima It's on!!! \U0001f44a\U0001f3fd\U0001f4a5\U0001f44a\U0001f3fd David Hadfield Emery Falcon Wazzim WazidNick White
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
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....
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.
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.
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.