Alexander Brand says he’ll have something for Andre Ward on Saturday

Alexander Brand works the mitts at Tuesday’s workout in Oakland/Photo courtesy of Roc Nation Sports, Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos


Alexander Brand of Colombia is just days away from the biggest opportunity of his seven-year pro career. That will be Saturday when he takes on undefeated former super middleweight champion Andre Ward at Oracle Arena in Ward’s native Oakland (on HBO). A Brand victory, though highly unlikely, would be an upset of huge proportions.

Brand knows that, so it was not surprising to hear about one of his comments during a workout Tuesday from King’s Gym in Oakland.

“I didn’t want to show too much at this media workout, but I’ve got something in store for the day of the fight,” said Brand, 39.

Let’s face it, this is nothing more than a tune-up for Ward, who has a Nov. 19 fight scheduled with light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, providing he beats Brand. To Brand, that works in his favor.

“Ward still has 12 rounds to fight before he can think about Kovalev,” he said.

Everything is against Brand (25-1, 19 KOs) for this one. Not only is he not nearly as talented as Ward, he has to try and hang with Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) in Ward’s neighborhood.

“It doesn’t really matter that the fight is in Ward’s hometown, it’s going to be a fight,” Brand said. “Wherever it is, whether it’s in his backyard or anywhere else, I’m coming to fight and that’s the most important thing.”



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