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:
On a possible move to light heavyweight:
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:
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:
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."