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Jean Pascal after his draw with Bernard Hopkins.
Tavoris Cloud is an undefeated hard-hitting American fighter and IBF champ at light heavyweight who hasn't caught on with the boxing public yet—hence his willingness to travel to his ring foe's hometown.
Cloud's next fight is a battle with Ward's mentor, Bernard Hopkins. Normally this would be a walk in the park for Hopkins, but at 48 years old, this will certainly be tough no matter his conditioning.
Hopkins has the record for oldest world champ after defeating Jean Pascal in a rematch of their first fight that ended in a draw. He could pull out that old magic again to top his own record.
If he does, Ward and Hopkins will not fight according to The Ring due to their relationship as mentor and pupil.
Now another big fight and possibly the biggest fight in the light heavyweight division right now is the rematch between WBC champ Chad Dawson and former champ Jean Pascal.
Pascal beat Dawson the first time, then lost to Hopkins, who then lost to Dawson. Should Dawson avenge his loss to Pascal, Ward can give him a chance to avenge the only other loss in his career against him.
Should Pascal win though, which is very possible due to how troubling his style and power can be, he will be coming off of a big win that Ward's promotional team could use to sell a title fight.
The only problem then would be location. Pascal fights before sold-out crowds in Canada and would be hard to move to California. After a tough round of negotiations, both fighters could make millions together.
Ward's future at light heavyweight is a great one and naturally the next chapter in what is easily looking like a brilliant career.
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