US veteran Bernard Hopkins is hoping to secure a fight with Britain's Carl Froch
Last Updated: 08/05/13 1:52pm
Bernard Hopkins: Wants to fight Carl Froch
Bernard Hopkins wants to fight Carl Froch, provided the British star wins his forthcoming showdown with Mikkel Kessler.
American veteran Hopkins - who became the oldest person to win a major title when he defeated Tavoris Cloud for the IBF light-heavyweight crown in March - must face mandatory challenger Karo Murat first.
He is expected to win that, and the 48-year-old says he then wants to tackle Froch and is happy to come to the UK to fight him.
Froch is looking to avenge his defeat to Denmark's Kessler when the two meet at the O2 Arena on May 25 in a blockbusting bout for the WBA and IBF super-middleweight belts.
"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," the 48-year-old told the Daily Mail.
"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."
One issue may be agreeing a weight to fight at. The American, who has also been linked with a bout against Froch's compatriot and the WBO's 175lb champion Nathan Cleverly, is happy to negotiate, however.
"While we could fight for my light-heavy title, there is the option of doing it at a catch-weight we are both comfortable with," he said.
"A fight of this magnitude matters more in its own right than the belt. Cleverly is a possibility for later this year but Froch is my preference if we can get it made."