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Andre Ward: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Bernard Hopkins only 'now' PPV options

Andre Ward isn't counting on either fight, but he believes that the only current pay-per-view options for him are Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Bernard Hopkins.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KO) is looking to take his career to pay-per-view soon, but is being realistic about his options in the immediate future, saying he sees only Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Bernard Hopkins as opponents he could face right now on pay-per-view.

"I just think if you talk about a ‘now' pay-per-view, I think that's a ‘now' pay-per-view," Ward said. "I think the only two ‘now' pay-per-views that I have right now -- maybe I'm wrong, and I gotta see who's out there -- is probably Bernard Hopkins and Chavez Jr."

There are issues with making both fights right now. Chavez (47-1-1, 32 KO) is headed for a March 1 rematch with Bryan Vera after a robbery win over the veteran on September 28. Chavez does hope to campaign at 168 pounds from here on, but Ward admits that Chavez has "some discipline issues," and says that's not a fight he's sure can happen.

Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KO) has the IBF light heavyweight title, and he's offered to move down to 160 to face Floyd Mayweather. But 168 to face Ward? Hey, maybe. One issue is that Ward is with HBO, and Hopkins, a Golden Boy fighter (and executive, officially), is with Showtime. Hopkins has also said that he will not fight Andre Ward, though Ward doesn't seem to share that "it can't happen" mindset.

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