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RocNation celebrates a victory as Andre Ward scores a bout on the Cotto-Canelo undercard.

Andre Ward has been granted a chance to pursue a big title bout vs. Sergey Kovalev when he squares off with Alexander Brand. The fight will add a further element of excitement and anticipation as under card of the Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alverez main event on November 21st.

The bout will be fight number one of Ward’s new three fight deal with HBO, also finalized after the announcement of the under card bout. Although wildly considered another tune up fight for Ward, the deal with HBO in place sets the stage for Ward to finish the contract with a light heavyweight title fight with Sergey Kovalev.

Kovalev has been running out of victims, lately, owning up to his “Krusher” nickname in full capacity.

With the likelihood that Adonis Stevenson fighting Kovalev being slim to none (outside of twitter exchanges and false promises from Stevenson that there will be a fight), the stage is set for a Ward to earn a chance at the top again.

In regards to Brand, he’s mostly the lamb led to the slaughter here. He’s won his last 7 fights since Badou Jack but have been against opponents even your best boxing analysts couldn’t name.

The Nevada boxing commission initially denied the 38-year-old to get in the ring with Ward,  but later had a change of heart.

Now Brand will have to find the heart (and stomach) to fight Andre Ward at a catch-weight above 168 pounds. Brand’s last 4 opponents were all carefully hand-picked match-ups in wake of the Badou Jack split-decision loss. So there’s little concern that Ward will be the one that is in danger of losing here.

Now, that Ward is making his 175-pound debut on a largely anticipated pay-per-view under card, RocNation and Ward’s new focus will be scratching HBO’s back. They now will have to come through with a bigger named opponent on Ward’s 2nd fight of his 3-fight deal.

Will Adonis Stevenson be willing to step forward and prevent Ward from taking his spot in fighting Kovalev?

Or will he just admire his WBC Middle weight belt and not get involved?


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