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Andre Ward vs. Alexander Brand planned for Cotto-Canelo undercard

Brand will be making his light heavyweight debut alongside Ward.

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The stacked "Cotto vs. Canelo" undercard continues to swell, as multiple sources report that Andre Ward will make his light heavyweight debut on the card opposite Colombia's Alexander Brand.

Though the fight has not been finalized, Kathy Duva confirmed that contact has been made and Dan Rafael states that an official announcement could come later today.

Brand (24-1, 19 KO) faced Jack back in 2012 in an eight-round fight, the eleventh of the latter's career. He's since won seven straight in his home country, four of them by knockout. Interestingly, despite being Ward's first opponent at 175, Brand is a career super middleweight who's never weighed in above 169 pounds.

Ward (28-0, 15 KO) will be fighting for just the second time since November of 2013. This past May, he dominated England's Paul Smith for an easy stoppage win.

The fight joins an undercard already occupied by a WBC super featherweight title fight between Takashi Miura and Francisco Vargas, an IBF super bantamweight title fight between Randy Caballero and Lee Haskins, and a clash between Jayson Velez and Ronny Rios.

Brand seems reasonably dangerous, but shouldn't prove much of an obstacle on Ward's path to Kovalev. But who knows? Maybe he can make unheralded Colombian punchers a thing again.

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