HBO Boxing Results Aug 6 – Ward Outboxes Brand in Laugher

HBO Boxing Results – The Oracle Arena in Oakland, California hosted HBO Boxing and ROC NATION Sports for a boxing card headlined by a 12-round light heavyweight bout between Oakland’s Andre Ward and Alexander Brand of Columbia. Heading into the fight the big question was how much of a test the 39-year-old Brand would provide the formidable Ward, who is facing a November superfight against Sergey Kovalev. The answer: not much. Ward pitched a shutout, winning 120-108 on all three cards.

Brand has an unorthodox style, but Ward kept his composure and stuck to his game plan. Ward banked the early rounds in uneventful fashion, but in round five, after switching to a southpaw stance, he became more aggressive, landing good power shots.  Ward banked round six fighting the entire three minutes as a lefty and he opened round seven as a left handed fighter before switching back to the orthodox stance. Ward flashed the southpaw stance again towards the end of the fight, but whether lefty or righty, Ward dominated every round although there were no knockdowns.

On the undercard, three fighters — Maurice Hooker, Junior Youman, and Daniel Franco — scored impressive knockouts.

Hooker blasted out Tyrone Barnett in the opening round of the co-main event, a 10-round contest in the 140-pound division. Hooker sent Barnett to the canvas early with a nicely timed right hand, and Barnett was never the same. The referee stepped in and stopped it after Hooker landed a pair of clean rights late in the first round. Hooker, who fights out of Dallas, improved to 21-0-2 (16). He holds a minor belt, the WBO NABO super lightweight title.

Junior Youman, a 20-year-old light heavyweight prospect from Brooklyn, scored an electric first round knockout over Ecuador’s Jinner Guerrero. Guerrero came out aggressively but Younan was composed and clearly more skilled. In one exchange he landed a huge left hook that sent Guerrero down and out. Youman improved to 10-0 with his eighth career knockout.

Super featherweight Daniel Franco showed great patience after scoring a knockdown in the first round, sticking to an intelligent game plan as he gradually broke down his opponent, Marcello Gallardo. Franco, now 14-0-3 (9), won by TKO in Round 5.

Philadelphia’s Darmani Rock, a highly regarded heavyweight prospect, had a more difficult time than expected with Mike Kyle, a 36-year-old former MMA fighter who fights out of Boise, Idaho. The 20-year-old Rock, who spurned a shot at the Olympics, improved to 4-0 with a unanimous decision but was extended the distance for the first time in his brief career.

Overall the card left the fans hanging a bit. It was a very short night overall with half of the undercard bouts being quick knockouts and the other half 4-round fights. That being said, Oakland really turned out for Andre Ward, selling 8,600 seats against an obscure opponent. One thing is for sure: Ward does things his way and is not going to apologize when his performance translates into a ho-hum fight.

Editor’s note: Ringside correspondent Kid Hersh contributed to this report.

 

 

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COMMENTS

-deepwater2 :

The 100-1 underdog made a good account of himself. AW looked good at times. He worked hard on the inside. I saw Brand was open for the straight Right hand in the first half of the fight and I didn't see AW capitalize. The fight could have been over in the beginning. I Didn't see anything from Ward ,in this fight, that will trouble SK, except the jab. Ward also paws way too much with the jab, and if JDJ, sees what I see, then SK will be punching over the flicking jab. Krusher's opponent did more for him to get him ready for the big showdown. Just realized Brand was 168lb guy moving up. Shame on Ward for not closing the show last night. Staying busy old school style is better for a fighter, 3 year breaks followed by b level opposition is a negative, not a positive. This HBO crew is giving mediocrity lectures. Krusher and his mom look very happy in the crowd.


-Skibbz :

The 100-1 underdog made a good account of himself. AW looked good at times. He worked hard on the inside. I saw Brand was open for the straight Right hand in the first half of the fight and I didn't see AW capitalize. The fight could have been over in the beginning. I Didn't see anything from Ward ,in this fight, that will trouble SK, except the jab. Ward also paws way too much with the jab, and if JDJ, sees what I see, then SK will be punching over the flicking jab. Krusher's opponent did more for him to get him ready for the big showdown. Just realized Brand was 168lb guy moving up. Shame on Ward for not closing the show last night. Staying busy old school style is better for a fighter, 3 year breaks followed by b level opposition is a negative, not a positive. This HBO crew is giving mediocrity lectures. Krusher and his mom look very happy in the crowd.
Yeah when I first saw the opponent last night I thought he would not last more than 6, any more and it would be down to Ward letting him. Now you tell me he's a guy who moved up.. Well Ward could have chosen better. I think Kovalev will be raring to get into this one, I'd also be interested in seeing Stevenson fight Ward as I don't think he'd let Ward stay on the outside for long whereas Kovalev might fight it from the outside.


-amayseng :

The 100-1 underdog made a good account of himself. AW looked good at times. He worked hard on the inside. I saw Brand was open for the straight Right hand in the first half of the fight and I didn't see AW capitalize. The fight could have been over in the beginning. I Didn't see anything from Ward ,in this fight, that will trouble SK, except the jab. Ward also paws way too much with the jab, and if JDJ, sees what I see, then SK will be punching over the flicking jab. Krusher's opponent did more for him to get him ready for the big showdown. Just realized Brand was 168lb guy moving up. Shame on Ward for not closing the show last night. Staying busy old school style is better for a fighter, 3 year breaks followed by b level opposition is a negative, not a positive. This HBO crew is giving mediocrity lectures. Krusher and his mom look very happy in the crowd.
I agree and now I am worried Ward will be below prepared for a Kovalev who is prime active and on top of his game. I want 3 fantastic exciting fights out of these two and from the looks of it unless Ward is playing possum Kovalev may be vwry difficult of a challenge to have that. I was gonna fly out for this one but not sure now. Still Ward is a phenomenal boxer tho i favor Kovalev.


-deepwater2 :

I thought Ward might be holding back for some reason too.


-Yogo :

Like a true thoroughbred SOG's just moving up the gears nice and comfortably. Come November he'll be fresh as a daisy and he'll dish out a performance that'll make ya'll cry.


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

I agree with Ward's assessment of his readiness for the Kovalev fight during his pre-fight interview with HBO. Ward stated during his interview that he has been boxing for over 20 years and that if he isn't ready now for Kovalev, he won't ever be! Just like Mayweather he took time off and came back with little problem, Ward has done the same. Ward is a master boxer and gym rat that isn't a killer. His M.O. isn't to score the knockout, but if it comes, it comes. He is no where near as powerful as Kovalev, but Kovalev is no where near the boxer skill wise that Ward is. There is a reason that Ward hasn't lost since he was 13 and he is currently 32 years old. It will be a tough fight for Ward but I expect him to win a hard fought unanimous decision. Skills still pay the bills, plus the kid has proven time and again that he has heart of lion and the ability to dig deep.


-Radam G :

Like a true thoroughbred SOG's just moving up the gears nice and comfortably. Come November he'll be fresh as a daisy and he'll dish out a performance that'll make ya'll cry.
I Hope that he is not picked apart like fresh daisy. Holla!


-SouthPawFlo :

Too Good for his own good.... He dominated every round, switched Southpaw and still dominated and it's like "Well he didn't knock him out" it's like he controlled the whole fight, and I personally think AW was only going 75/80% because they wanted to get rounds in... He definitely looked better than Kovalev did against Chilemba


-brownsugar :

Ward outclasses Brand in Laugher.... what kind of a cornball title is that? Personally I didn't find a damn thing funny. And neither did the commentators Jim Lampley, Bernard Hopkins, and Max Kellerman. Its like the entire HBO announcement team is still feeling the heat from the Jr welterweight title unification bout that fell way short of expectations recently ( it wasn't the announcers fault but the entire event was a total flop in every aspect of the word and crap always rolls downhill ) Jim behaved as if it was his duty to essentially label the bout a "bumfight" before the first blow was even thrown and BHOP kept imploring Ward to knock out Brand at least half a dozen times a round. There were so many self demeaning comments regarding the fight I was wondering if Jim forgot to take his PrimeTime meds. Get the KO Bhop kept saying. But with the exception of Chad Dawson and Paul Smith recently when has Ward ever knocked anyone out? Ward's main strength is boxing efficiently and counter punching, while keeping his opponent off balance. He's more prone to go the distance than most light heavyweights. Thankfully Max Kellerman was there to keep the commentary even and balanced. Brands corner warned him repeatedly...."he's trying to knock you out, keep backing up, be careful.." and that was all..... except for the occasional reminder of how many rounds were left. For what its worth, no one else ever defeated Brand in such a lopsided manner. Ward usually excels against boxers who want to fight. Brand was keen on going the distance. He deserved his $30,000 paycheck and not a penny more. There are two take-aways I got from this fight.... maybe three. The harder Ward's opponent fights him and attempts to oppose their will, the better Ward fights. Secondly, the more technically sound the fighter, the more Ward excels, And finally, ward is completely comfortable fighting bigger fighters, I will go a step further and say he prefers it that way. Its still a 50/50 fight in my opinion, maybe Kovalev should be considered the favorite.. After all its his natural division.....but I'm starting to believe Ward can win. Quote of the day..... "Don't allow yourself to enjoy the praises of men too much, because that praise can leave as quickly as it came" : .....Andre Ward. .


-oubobcat :

I thought Ward might be holding back for some reason too.
Personally, I thought Ward was carrying Brand. He either wanted to get some rounds in or was trying to not look as good in front of Kovalev. Or maybe a little of both. Too bad we get stuck with fights like these and miss out on some much better competitive matchups the network could easily be making for much less money.


-brownsugar :

Ward said himself in several post fight interviews that I saw this morning which indicated that both neither he nor Virgil wanted to risk suffering any cuts or injuries that would jeopardize the Kovalev fight. Which explains why Ward fought in clinical mode. Ward was smart to get in another rust remover type fight... I wish he could get in a few more. May not be popular with the fans but Ward is the one climbing in the ring with the Krusher.... whatever it takes. Go Ward!!!"


-amayseng :

Ward said himself in several post fight interviews that I saw this morning which indicated that both neither he nor Virgil wanted to risk suffering any cuts or injuries that would jeopardize the Kovalev fight. Which explains why Ward fought in clinical mode. Ward was smart to get in another rust remover type fight... I wish he could get in a few more. May not be popular with the fans but Ward is the one climbing in the ring with the Krusher.... whatever it takes. Go Ward!!!"
He needed those rounds, not sure why Bhop did not understand that as Ward needs to get the rust off. Being inactive for so long going 3 rounds and knocking out Brand is not gonna help like going ten or twelve rounds does. I think Ward was holding back for the same reasons. As I have stated from the beginning, this is a toss up fight for me, I love both guys and hope for a tremendous fight no matter the outcome.


-brownsugar :

Yep I noticed he was pawing at his head and seemed genuinely concerned about any potential damage that would jeopardize his fight with Kovalev. More than anything, I think Ward's drab but effective performance illustrated how badly he wants the Kovalev fight and that's a good thing. The fact that he took the more conservative path to victory is indicative of his desire to prove himself the best .....against the best. If Ward had went Buck wild and suffered multiple unnecessary headbutts, the critics would have had a field day reporting that Ward was looking for a way out of facing Kovalev. I like Kovalev too, but I like the Russia vs American Rivalry better. Ward's comments about the Russians taking over our turf was on point(and correct!) ....and its a very marketable angle. I'd like to hear more of that type of talk ...along with Ward's assertion that he's going to be the first American to take it back. A win by Ward would be legendary. I think he'll be up to the task in November. Especially if he's working with the legendary Shilstone, And still using that amateur cruiserweight who got him ready for Barrera.