Carl Froch wants Mikkel Kessler and Andre Ward after retaining IBF title
Last Updated: November 18, 2012 12:50pm
Carl Froch: Nottingham fighter celebrates another successful title defence
Carl Froch has targeted rematches with Mikkel Kessler and Andre Ward after retaining his IBF super-middleweight title on Saturday night.
Froch stopped Yusaf Mack inside three rounds in-front of his home town fans in Nottingham and now wants to face the only two men to beat him in his 32-fight career.
Froch blamed his preparation for losing to Ward, who holds the WBA and WBC titles, but feels his demolition of Mack proves he deserves another world title unification clash with the American.
"I think I'm at my peak physically now and I can put it right against Kessler and put it right against Ward," said Froch.
"I will be ready to fight again in March, whether it's against Bute or Adonis Stevenson. I haven't got time to waste.
"The stoppage came earlier than I expected but I don't think he was absolutely dead at the weight. The 12 weeks of training produced the result and I made it look easy.
"I believe a fight is won or lost before you step through the ropes. For the fight against Ward, I lost my focus three or four days before the fight so I had lost before it started. But in the last two fights I have switched on mentally for the fight."
Froch's promoter Eddie Hearn says a fight against the mandatory challenger, Haiti-born Canada-based Adonis Stevenson is another possibility for Froch's next fight and is hopeful of a rematch with Ward in England.
"I spoke to Lucian Bute's promoter this week and I just can't see them willing to take the fight after that performance from Carl but contractually we are obliged to go through with it," Hearn explained.
"We have also got to face Adonis Stevenson in a mandatory defence and if we fight Bute next we will have to ask the IBF for an extension on that fight."
"It will be Bute or Stevenson next, followed by Kessler and Ward. I really think Ward would come to the UK and we could do it at an open air football stadium next summer."