Andre Ward set up a date with Sergey Kovalev after a landslide points victory over Alexander Brand in Oakland.
The self-proclaimed “Son of God” captured a WBO ranking Title in the process to secure the November 19th showdown with the Krusher.
With the Russian keeping his side of the bargain with a recent points victory against the durable Isaac Chilemba all eyes were on Ward against the experienced Columbian.
In front of his home fans Ward, as predicted, didn’t put a foot wrong. The former Olympic Gold medallist turned Super-Middleweight World Champion continued his unbeaten record in the pro game, moving to 30-0 with a 120-108 scorecard matched by all three judges.
It was Ward’s second victory up at Light-Heavyweight to prepare him for his “career defining fight” as stated in his post-fight interview in which the unified World Champion Kovalev crept through the ropes to meet the American face to face.
Boxing fans will now be counting down to November 19.
One of world boxing's most gifted fighters Andre Ward continues his comeback against Alexander Brand as he builds towards a huge bout against Russia's Sergey Kovalev.
The bout takes place at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Ward’s hometown on Saturday 6th August.
Fighting in familiar surroundings, the venue was host to Ward's victories over Sullivan Barrera, Paul Smith, Chad Dawson and Sakio Bika in the past six years.
It’s the last hurdle before November’s pencilled in Light-Heavyweight World Title showdown. The ‘Krusher’ kept his side of the bargain with a unanimous decision points victory over Isaac Chilemba as the attention now turns to Ward to see if he can follow suit.
The self-proclaimed ‘Son of God’ is undoubtedly one of boxing’s pound for pound stars and will be looking to improve his perfect record to 30-0.
Colombian Brand has just the one blemish on his record, a narrow split decision defeat to current WBC World Super-Middleweight Champion Badou Jack back in late 2012.
It’s a huge step up in class for Brand, who boasts a more than respectable 19 KO's from his 25 victories.
At 39, it’s fair to say it could be the underdog’s last shot at the big time. Ward will rightly start as a huge favourite in what is deemed by many as a ‘tune up’ fight for the big one later this year.
As ever with the American, BoxNation viewers can expect to see sublime skills on display from the 200x Olympic Gold Medallist.
Ward can’t afford to overlook Brand, despite the lure of one of the biggest fights in 2016 looming.