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Eddie Hearn: Ward and Kessler are Froch's next fight options

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A rematch with Andre Ward or a third bout with Mikkel Kessler will be next for Carl Froch, according to Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn.

Scott Heavey

Carl Froch will be back late this year, and promoter Eddie Hearn is looking to finalize a big fight, either with Andre Ward or Mikkel Kessler.

Froch (31-2, 22 KO) beat Kessler in a rematch on May 25, another terrific fight that did big business in London. A third bout between the two would likely be another box office hit, but Hearn isn't sure if Kessler will want to take the fight right away, and says he has contacted Goossen Tutor Promotions, who handle Andre Ward:

"Now that the dust has settled after a memorable night for Carl Froch and British boxing, it's time to start looking to the future," said Hearn. "Every man and his dog have been calling Carl out, that comes with the territory but commercially, Froch v Kessler III is just a huge fight. The first two were stunning nights and everyone knows what they would get from the decider.

"Each one has been brutal so we will give Mikkel and his body time to see if he wants to go again. I have made contact with Ward's promoter and we are ready to begin discussions with them and HBO. For us, the fight would have to happen wherever it would make the most financial sense and that's the UK."

Ward (26-0, 14 KO) is considered by many the No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter in the sport today, and convincingly beat Froch in December 2011, when they met in the Super Six World Boxing Classic final in Atlantic City. Ward has not fought this year, fighting just once in 2012, when he beat Chad Dawson in September. He underwent shoulder surgery earlier this year, canceling a scheduled bout with Kelly Pavlik.

Which fight would you rather see? Has Froch made a new case for himself as someone who might be able to beat Ward, and get revenge for his only other loss? Or does a third fight with Kessler still excite you more, if only because the action will likely be superior?