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Andre Ward on Carl Froch, Lucian Bute, Mikkel Kessler, Bernard Hopkins

Should he defeat WBC super middleweight beltholder Carl Froch on Oct. 29 in Atlantic City, N.J., WBA titleholder Andre Ward shed light on what his future might entail during a recent interview with RingTV.com.

Ward (24-0, 13 knockouts) mentioned IBF counter part Lucian Bute as a potential opponent and said that he would entertain a rematch with Mikkel Kessler, whom Ward dethroned for his present belt.

Ward said that he would also consider a rise into the light heavyweight ranks for match ups opposite fighters such as unbeaten IBF and WBO beltholders Tavoris Cloud and Nathan Cleverly or their WBA counter part Beibut Shumenov.

Only after facing the younger fighters at light heavyweight would Ward consider a meeting against his sometime mentor, the legendary Bernard Hopkins, who wears the RING and WBC belts.

Below are Ward's comments on topics concerning his future:

On his future at super middleweight beyond Froch:

"Obviously, we have business with Carl Froch to handle, first and foremost. But beyond that, obviously, you know, Lucian Bute is a natural fight that we could take a look at. There's also a rematch with Mikkel Kessler, if that's something that makes sense. Kessler said that he would want to do it."

On a possible move to light heavyweight:

"I might even potentially consider going up to light heavyweight for the right fight and fighting certain guys. I may not campaign at light heavyweight. But just like Sugar Ray Leonard was able to do in beating Ayub Kalule for the junior middleweight title, and then going back down and beating Tommy Hearns, that's something that I might consider.

You know, I just want to continue to build my legacy and by taking certain fights. You know, title fights. I may not campaign up there at light heavyweight. I have to see how my body works, but I may go to light heavyweight for the right fights."

On whether or not a fight with Hopkins has become more attractive to him:

"Honestly, he's really not [more attractive.] I think that respect is mutual, but I could be wrong. I know for a fact that Bernard Hopkins doesn't have to fight me to do anything for his legacy or to make any more money.

And I don't think that I have to fight a Bernard Hopkins. You know, I think that there are plenty of other fights out there. There are guys my age that are young and that are hungry.

I think that there are other fights with other guys in that weight class that are good and that would sell."

On the conditions under which he would consider facing Hopkins:

"You know, at the end of the day, a fight between me and Bernard Hopkins would have to make sense. It would have to be a situation where, financially, it would have to be the right move to make for both of us. But I'm very close with his trainer, Naazim Richardson.

My coach, Virgil Hunter, is very close to Naazim. Bernard has always been a mentor to me, and he's taken time to talk to me over the phone and different things. He's done things that a lot of guys don't take the time to do. So it's just that there's a respect there.

That's the key. Again, though, I'm a fighter and he's a fighter. So if it made sense in more ways than one, then maybe so. But by no means am I gunning for Bernard. I think that there are a lot of other fights that I can take."

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