Andre Ward has brushed off suggestions he’s overlooking Alexander Brand this Saturday night with a huge bout against Sergey Kovalev looming later this year.

The “Son of God” Ward told HBO Boxing’s Kieran Mulvaney he was always looking to improve and wanted to use his fight against Brand this Saturday night on BoxNation as an opportunity to impress.

Andre Ward

“I don’t know if I’ll ever give myself an A [grade]. That’s just the way I’m built, it’s just the way I’m wired,” said Ward.

“But considering all things, that’s the number one contender [Sullivan Barrera]. Very tough fighter. Big and strong. I’m pleased, I did well. I’m just always looking to get better.

Turning his attention to the fearsome Russian knockout artist Kovalev, who he’s all but certain to face in November this year, Ward said he wasn’t looking past Colombian Brand.

“That’s the oldest trick in the book – is to put the cart ahead of the horse. I refuse to do it. The fight against Kovalev for the Championship, that’s going to come in due time.

“But I have to take care of business, but I don’t just want to get by, I want to look good. I want to make sure that I’m focused on that.

“There’s always something up ahead if you get past this, but it’s a major setback if you don’t, so you’ve got to keep that in mind.”

Tune in to BoxNation this Saturday night at 2am to see if Ward can take the final step towards a massive showdown with Krusher Kovalev.