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Andre Ward vs Alexander Brand full fight video replay, result, recap – 08/06/2016. Roc Nation Sports announced today that they’ve finalized a deal and all the details for Andre Ward’s next fight, coming on Saturday, August 6, against Colombia’s Alexander Brand.
Ward-Brand will be held at Ward’s home arena, Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, scheduled for 12 rounds and televised by HBO. If Ward (29-0, 15 KO) and Sergey Kovalev (29-0-1, 26 KO) both win their interim bouts, they’re scheduled to meet in an HBO pay-per-view main event on November 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Kovalev will face Isaac Chilemba on July 11 in Russia.
This is about the same level of risk as Kovalev-Chilemba, as Ward, like Kovalev, is facing a solid enough fighter but one who shouldn’t be a true threat. Brand (25-1, 19 KO) can be an awkward sort, but there’s little he does that figures to trouble Ward, one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport today. Brand has won eight straight following a debatable loss to Badou Jack in 2012.
HBO Boxing tonight features the last stop on the road to this fall’s biggest fight. In November, Andre Ward takes on Sergey Kovalev in a highly anticipated Light Heavyweight match-up. At a time when you have lopsided PPV fights like Canelo Alvarez vs. Liam Smith and Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas, Kovalev vs. Ward is exactly the fight you want to see, and it’s on the way, we hope. Tonight’s fight is the last stop on that path – a showcase fight for Ward as he takes on Alexander Brand. Kovalev had his own showcase fight a few weeks ago, defeating Isaac Chilemba. Now Ward gets his turn. It’s not a competitive, or frankly even a very interesting fight. But it’s a chance to see one more time what Ward will bring to the ring against the dangerous Kovalev in November.
ANDRE WARD VS ALEXANDER BRAND FULL FIGHT REPLAY
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Ward vs. Brand is the only fight on the HBO broadcast tonight.
HBO World Championship Boxing Ward vs. Brand airs live on HBO tonight, Saturday August 6 with a fight time of 10:30 p.m. ET. For more on the card, check out our Bloody Elbow fight breakdown, and also follow our colleagues at Bad Left Hook.
(HBO, 10:30 p.m. ET)
Andre Ward vs. Alexander Brand
Dominating performance from Andre Ward. Brand’s punches all night were wide, looping, and awkward shots that Ward easily avoided, with Brand landing less than 50 punches in the fight. In roughly round 7, Ward picked up the offense slightly, landing some stiffer shots, but never dropping or truly hurting Brand. Brand was cut in round 7, with Ward suffering a small cut late in the fight – neither impacted the action in the end.
Andre Ward def. Alexander Brand by UD (120-108 x 3)
Andre Ward easily defeated Alexander Brand by unanimous decision in an absolutely dreadful tune-up fight Saturday night at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
All three judges scored the contest 120-108 for the undefeated Ward, who gained the meaningless WBO International Light Heavyweight Championship.
Ward (30-0, 15 KO) was levels above his unheralded opponent, but he took few risks and easily won every second of every round in a fight that proved absolutely nothing. Brand spent the entire fight trying to survive and never mounted any significant offense of his own.
The bout was the last hurdle before Ward and light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev could finalize a deal to meet with the unified 175-pound championship November 19 on HBO pay-per-view.
Andre Ward vs Alexander Brand Scorecard Round By Round Coverage Result
Round 1: In the opening minute, Ward took a body shot but Brand stumbled a bit. Not much to this round, with Ward a little cautious. Ward was slightly more active.
Round 2: Another rather slow round. Ward was able to land a decent left hook. Brand has been erratic with his punch selection.
Round 3: Brand continues to go to the body, and actually landed a right hand cross that landed, though Ward shook it off. In the final minute, Ward was able to land a decent body shot. Hard round to call.
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Round 4: Brand showing more aggression, but Ward is still in command of this fight. None of Brand’s punches seem to do much damage. Ward was able to an excellent left hook, a decent body shot and a straight right hand.
Round 5: Ward’s punches are starting to do some damage as Brand continues to use an orthodox punching style. Brand has absorbed some solid punches to the body with Ward switching to a southpaw style. Brand still hanging in there, though.
Round 6: Ward landed an excellent left hook to Brand’s chin at about the 1:40 mark. But to Brand’s credit, he has stayed in this fight. Ward continues to outsmart Brand and get in some good jabs. It’s very clear who is the better boxer.
Round 7: This continues to be Ward’s fight. He had an impressive combo in the opening minute and Brand has a cut over his right eye. Brand is not showing enough but there is no sign that this fight will be called by Riess.
Round 8: Ward has shown enough caution that he can win by way of decision. But Ward landed a couple of solid power punches that showed he is capable of winning by knock out. Brand doesn’t have much balance with his awkward punching style.
Round 9: Very slow round, though Brand went down near the bell due to a slip. But Ward is making this look easy. He has been effective from start to finish.
Round 10: Brand got hit by an excellent right hand midway through the round, but he stayed on his feet with his excellent chin. Ward used his southpaw stance to keep the pressure on Brand. The rounded ended with Brand being backed up into the ropes after Ward’s powerful left hand.
Round 11: Ward landed an excellent counter right hand near the 1:25 mark. Ward got in another good shot near the end of the round. Brand is tough for staying this fight, but he will need a knockout punch.
Round 12: Ward once again controlled the action, though Brand landed some decent shots. Ward was the more active fighter from the opening bell. This fight wasn’t close.
IBT Final Scorecard
Ward wins the fight, 120-108