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Andre Ward vs Alexander Brand Odds have Ward as an 85 to 1 favorite

Andre Ward vs Alexander Brand Odds have Ward as an 85 to 1 boxing betting favorite


Boxing News: Pound-4-Pound boxing king Andre Ward will make his return to the ring Saturday, August 6th on HBO Boxing when he faces light-heavyweight Alexander Brand. Andre Ward vs Alexander Brand Odds have Ward as an 85 to 1 betting favorite with early boxing predictions on Ward by KO. Ward, 29-0, 15 KO’s, is coming off a one-sided win over top-10 contender Sullivan Barrera as a 7 to 1 boxing odds favorite. The top-30 contender Brand, 25-1, 19 KO’s, has never been stopped but will be making a monumental jump in class when he faces ESPN2 News #1 pound-4-pound fighter Ward. Can Ward score an impressive stoppage over Brand in preparation for his November 26th fight with Sergey Kovalev? ESPN2 News broke down the W.B.A. title bout from Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Andre Ward vs Alexander Brand Odds have Brand as a +3200 underdog ($100 Bet pays out $3300)

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Andre Ward – Boxer: Broad shouldered 6’0″ Boxer/Counterpuncher can do it all inside the squared circle. Ward is equally adept boxing at range, counterpunching, or working inside with great skill and timing. Ward is similar to Floyd Mayweather Jr. both stylistically and intellectually with the ability to make adjustments during the fight. Knows how to fight southpaw and turn on the power with his straight-left. Ward is an elusive target with a multi-layered defense containing fast feet, deft head-movement, perfect blocks and a lightning quick jab. Tested against boxing’s best “Son Of God” has proven that he can handle any boxing style. Dogged competitor willing to do whatever it takes to win. Very poised and calm with outstanding stamina.  Has been on the canvas but has always displayed a sturdy chin. On the downside, Ward’s physical soundness is a question mark. With a history of knee and shoulder problems durability could be an issue. At 32-years old Ward has a high odometer and it is a mystery how much he has left. Has a decent right hand but the left is much more educated. Has better than average power but is not a banger.

Alexander Brand – Boxer: Squat 5’10” Colombian slickster with above-average power and athleticism. Bizarre style works to his advantage because of it’s unpredictability. Fights “long” with a sideways stance that extends reach. Cagey veteran that knows how to evade punches with “cute” defensive moves.  On the downside, Brand has a long list of technical flaws. Awkward lunges leave him off balance and completely out of position. Rarely throws a straight punch. Expends too much energy with frantic style causing the 39-year old to fade down the stretch. Fights mostly off the back foot in a defensive posture that limits offense. Has some pop but throws mostly arm punches with no leverage. Takes punches flush with his hands out of position. Chin is a question mark. Best career accomplishment was losing a split decision to top-10 contender Badou Jack early in Jack’s career.

ESPN2 News Bottom Line: Brand is completely outclassed and fighting in Ward’s backyard.

ESPN2 News Fight Picks: Ward by KO

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Andre Ward vs Alexander Brand Boxing Picks


Height/Reach: 7/5

Strength/Size: 7/7

Power: 7/7

Hand Speed/Accuracy: 9/5

Stamina: 9/7

Defense: 9/7

Chin/Resiliency: 8/8

Jab: 9/5

Boxing Ability: 9/5

Agility/Balance: 8/5

Bodypunching/In-Fight: 9/4

Intelligence: Ward +3

Confidence/Focus/Will To Win: Ward +3

Cuts/Injury/Age/Inactivity: Ward +2

Judges Scoring: Ward +3

Trainer: Ward +1

ESPN2 News Boxing Odds: Ward 150 to 1

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