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Eddie Hearn and Carl Froch

Matchroom Promoter Eddie Hearn has said he wants Carl Froch to face either Mikkel Kessler or Andre Ward in the winter before a big all-British summer showdown with unbeaten Londoner George Groves next summer.

Froch, 35, avenged his earlier career defeat to Kessler last month at the O2 Arena (May 25) adding the Danes WBA belt to his IBF strap in another fearsome encounter between the two world champions.

The Cobra said recently he believes he has maybe upto four fights left before he calls it a day and the fight he wants next is against Andre Ward the divisions No1 fighter and the only other man to have defeated him.

But if a fight with Ward cannot be made next then a rubber match decider with Kessler is an option, before matching Froch with Groves, and Hearn has two massive dates in mind. “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.”

As well as targeting a huge winter night for Froch, Hearn is planning a summer extravaganza for the Nottingham star – and says an all-British unification bout with ‘Saint’ George Groves would be something special.

“We will look to fight this winter and then lead into a big stadium fight next summer,” said Hearn. “I believe by then George will be World Champion which would make this fight one of the biggest the country has ever seen.”