In what was Andre Ward’s last tune up fight before his November 19th date with Light Heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, Ward looked sharp in defeating Alexander Brand.  Brand, despite on having lost one time in his career, was way over matched.  Brand has not really fought any great competition in his 7 year career, and it was evident against one of the top pound for pound fighters in the world.  The 39 year old Brand had a very awkward style in the ring, but it was no problem for Andre Ward, as he disposed on him, winning every one of the scheduled 12 rounds.

Both fighters were quiet at the beginning of the fight, with Ward winning every round by default, because Brand was literally doing nothing.  Ward committed to the body early, and almost every one of his jabs was to the body.  In the fifth round, Ward noticed that he was hitting almost every left jab to the body, so he switched southpaw, to get more power behind the left hand.  Brand would drop his hands, and Ward would open up to the head, with sharp lefts and rights.  In the 8th, Ward would try to go for the KO, but it would not come.  Brands ability to roll with landed punches, kept him on his feet.  Ward would go on to dominate though, and win via unanimous decision, with all three judges scoring the fight 120-108.  Ward would end up landing 190/490 pinches (39%), while Brand would only land 45/285 punches (16%).

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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