When Andre Ward returned to the ring in 2015 after a layoff of nearly two years, some boxing insiders said his performance was mediocre.
Seven months later, Ward was back, tangling with undefeated Sullivan Barrera. Ward knocked down Barrera and won the fight easily. Still, there were whispers that he had lost a step.
Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) fights Alexander Brand, winner of 25 of 26 bouts, with 19 knockouts, this Saturday at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA.
A win by Ward secures his next fight--a showdown with the monster of the light heavyweight division, undisputed champion Sergey Kovalev on November 19 in Las Vegas, NV.
Ward won’t allow himself to look past Brand. He’s not made that way.