Former super middleweight champion Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KO's) has a new opponent for the Cotto-Canelo undercard. Ward will take on Alexander Brand (24-1, 19 KO's) on the co-feature of the HBO PPV card on November 21st. The 38 year old brand has fought once a year since 2012. His only loss is a split decision loss to current super middleweight champion Badou Jack back in 2012.
Ward has been criticized over the past couple weeks for the names of possible opponents for his November 21st fight. Fighting Brand isn't going to shy the critics away. Ward will likely be a huge favorite against a guy that nobody has heard of. With his dominate win over Paul Smith after having been out of the ring for two years many hoped that Ward would step up the competition in his next fight. There's talk of a Kovalev-Ward showdown sometime next year but first both fighters have to win their next fights.