Ward: I'll fight Carl Froch again in the UK

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Andre Ward has said he is prepared to come to the United Kingdom and fight fellow world champion Carl Froch - but the American has ruled out fighting in the Cobra's hometown of Nottingham.

The WBA has ordered the pair to fight - Froch holds the regular WBA belt while Ward is Super World champion - and the Brit has previously expressed desire to avenge the points defeat he suffered against his unbeaten foe in Atlantic City in 2011.

However, Ward is reluctant to fight in front of what would be a partisan Nottingham crowd.

"The UK is one thing, Nottingham is something different," Ward told Sky Sports News. "Now he's saying 'well, I came to America, now you need to come to Nottingham'.

"The thing is this: Atlantic City, where we fought the finals of the Super Six, it's thousands of miles away from my home - that's a road fight. I live on the west coast, the fight was on the east coast, which was a six-hour plane ride for me.

"I'm not willing to come to Nottingham, I don't think I should have to, but Wembley stadium, the UK as a whole - I would love to come."

Froch has not fought since the second defence of his world super-middleweight titles against George Groves at Wembley in May last year. The 37-year-old, who opted to vacate his IBF world title rather than fight James DeGale, had his hopes set on a Las Vegas swansong fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

That has not come to fruition and, while names such as Bernard Hopkins have also been mentioned, a rematch with Ward looks increasingly likely, with the American revealing his camp has been in talks with Froch's promoter Eddie Hearn.

"Carl - we're waiting on you to pick up the phone and call," Ward added. "If you want to fight, and you want to avenge the loss or attempt to avenge the loss that you say you so desperately want to avenge, then you need to pick up the phone and we need to try to figure it out.

"I've accepted his invitation to come to the UK but it's going to be on the right terms. I don't care what's said through the press, I'm not just going to take anything, and it's going to be mutual agreement if I'm in the UK. "I would love to give my UK fans, and even Carl's friends, the opportunity to see me fight in the UK before my career is over."

Ward has only fought twice since his victory over Froch, with his last victory coming against Edwin Rodriguez in November 2013.