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Busy Froch eyes Bute and Ward in 2013

ESPN staff
November 16, 2012
Carl Froch is ready to take on Yusaf Mack on Saturday © PA Photos

Carl Froch is intending on keeping busy in 2013, with rematches against Lucian Bute and Andre Ward on his radar.

Froch will defend his world super-middleweight title against Yusaf Mack on Saturday, but he is already looking beyond the man he will face in Nottingham.

Bute was mauled by Froch earlier in the year, but there is a rematch set for his native Canada. After that he has revenge on his mind against Ward, the American who claimed a hugely impressive points win over the Brit in 2011.

Froch would also like to fight Mikkel Kesser, who he lost to in 2010, but feels the Dane is not keen on that match-up.

"There is a quick turn-around after this fight for the Bute rematch and then there is potentially a huge fight later next year against either Ward or Kessler," Froch told AFP.

"I spoke to Kessler on the phone recently and he sounded like a man who doesn't want to fight. He wasn't saying 'let's do it in the summer' and if a fight isn't a necessity and he's not a mandatory challenger, it won't happen.

"He's thinking 'why fight Froch?', after seeing what I did to Bute, when he could earn a load of money by fighting the likes of Brian Magee in Denmark.

"But the Ward fight will happen because he's got nowhere to go and Ward will be confident taking the re-match against me."

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