On Saturday August 07, 2016, Andre Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) defeated Alexander Brand (25-2, 19 KOs) by unanimous decision at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Brand, the moving punching bag allowed Ward to illustrate his skills. Whether it be from the orthodox stance or southpaw, Ward showcased it all, a great jab, powerful left, great right, etcetera, etcetera. The only risk Ward face was an unintentional head butt in round 11, which led to a contusion on Ward’s forehead. The fight would mercifully come to a close after 12 rounds, the scores were 120-108, 3x.
Ward’s win setup a November showdown against light heavyweight champion, Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1, 26KOs).