Ring legend and current IBF Light-heavyweight world champion Bernard Hopkins has targeted Carl Froch as the fighter he would most like to fight next if he gets through his next title defence against his mandatory challenger Karo Murat on July 13 and Froch beats Mikkel Kessler this weekend in London.

“Froch is top of my wish list. I have great respect for him as a fighter. He is very exciting and our styles would make for a great fight,” said Hopkins.

“I will happily go over to the UK to make it happen but of course Carl will have to beat Kessler first. I am rooting for him to do it and I think he will win this time.”

IBF title holder Froch doesn’t need any extra motivation for this weekends clash with rival super-middleweight world champion Kessler, but a potential super fight with ring general Hopkins at light-heavyweight would no doubt interest the Nottingham fighter and is added incentive to defeat the Dane.

Froch is looking to avenge his 2010 loss to Kessler when the two meet at the O2 Arena for the pair’s combined WBA and IBF super-middleweight straps this Saturday night (May 25)

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