Andre Ward to fight Alexander Brand on November 21
By John J. Raspanti, DogHouse Boxing (Oct 30, 2015)
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Ward, 31, was last seen in the ring this past June, dispatching over-matched Englishmen Paul Smith in nine one-sided rounds. The fight was Ward's first in 18 months following an extended legal battle with his promoter, the late Dan Goossen.
The heavy-handed Brand, who holds the Latino and WBF super-middleweight titles, has only ventured out of his native Columbia once in his career, and that single effort culminated in a loss against present WBC super-middleweight champion Badou Jack.
Ward’s bout against Brand will be the first in a new three-fight deal he signed with HBO. He’ll likely box another tune-up before facing reigning world light-heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev next fall.
Kovalev is set to face Jean Pascal in a rematch January 30 in Quebec.
A match-up between Ward and Kovalev has been talked about for several years.
Both champions are undefeated.
Kovalev has knocked out 11 of his last 12 opponents.
Ward hasn’t lost a fight since he was 12 years old.
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