Andre Ward doesn't do a lot of calling out, but the reigning king of the super middleweight division has one name in mind for a fight later this year: Former WBC middleweight titlist Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
While it's not hard to figure out why Ward wants Chavez Jr (money), it sort of comes off like another case of Ward doing his best to sell something by convincing everyone that it would be a really tough fight, as he was doing before his bout with Kelly Pavlik was canceled:
"That's the fight that fans want to see. I don't necessarily think they want to see him and [Sergio] Martinez again. It was a great 12th round but it's pretty much going to be the same fight. [Chavez is] busting out of 160, he's coming to 168. If he comes to 168 then I think we should see each other. I think that's a mega, mega fight the fans will want to see. ... I'm going to tell you this: Chavez Jr is not an easy fight. A lot of people say [it's easy] but that's not an easy fight. He's a big kid, he's a strong kid and he can punch."
While I don't want to bash Ward for showing respect to a potential opponent and not doing the too-familiar, "This chump can't handle me, so buy the fight!" deal that we see in boxing, there's no question that most would expect the ultra-talented, multi-dimensional Ward to pretty easily handle Chavez Jr, given the fact that he's blown away the likes of Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler in his career.
Ward, currently recovering from shoulder surgery, says he wants to be a pay-per-view fighter soon. That might be up more to the market than to Ward. Maybe Ward-Chavez would sell enough on PPV to be worth the bother, but there's a chance it doesn't. Bernard Hopkins has done good HBO ratings in recent years, but he still can't sell a PPV for the life of him. He's just not the sort of fighter people want to plunk down an extra $60 to see. Ward may fall in line with that, but he could certainly become a PPV fighter if the right competition comes along in due time. Right now, I don't think that's out there.