Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Big Fight Preview: Ward Vs. Brand: The Last Warm Up For 'The Son Of God'

By Peter Silkov

This Saturday, August 6, Andre Ward (29-0, 15koes) has his final ‘warm up’ fight before taking on World light heavyweight champion, Sergey Kovalev, in November.  Ward will be fighting fringe contender, Alexander Brand (25-1, 19koes), at the Oracle Arena, in Oakland, California.  The 39-year-old Brand is a strong and willing fighter, with an awkward and unpredictable style. Although he has just one defeat on his record, he has not mixed in with the kind of opposition that Ward has faced during his career.

Indeed it is hard to see how Brand will get Ward ready for Kovalev, beyond taking him a few rounds.  At the same time, Brand is the kind of physical and unpredictable fighter who could cut Ward if they happen to clash awkwardly. This is the kind of fight that Ward will want to end sooner, rather than later. Look for a Ward win within the first 5 rounds. The ‘Son of God’will want to be impressive in what will be his last fight before his big showdown with Sergey Kovalev. Anything less will be an early victory for the World light-heavyweight champion.

An interesting fight on the undercard of Ward vs. Brand is the light-welterweight fight between Maurice Hooker (20-0-2, 15koes) and Ty Barnett (23-4-1, 15koes) for the WBO NABO light-welterweight title.  With Ward vs. Brand likely to be a rout in favour of Ward, this looks destined to be the fight of the night. 

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