Hearn: Bellew interests Ward

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Andre Ward has expressed a 'big interest' in a potential battle with Tony Bellew, says promoter Eddie Hearn.

The American pound-for-pound king has admitted he is willing to move up in weight after defending his three light-heavyweight world titles with a stoppage win over Sergey Kovalev this month.

Bellew has already suggested he would have 'no problem' in facing Ward and his promoter Hearn has held recent talks over a possible fight.

"I spoke to Andre Ward's team last night – James Prince and Josh Dubin – just talking about various things in boxing.," Hearn told Sky Sports.

"Andre Ward has got a big interest in fighting Tony Bellew.

"That was the first phone call I got after the Ward-Kovalev fight was Tony Bellew saying 'let me fight him. I'll bash him up.'

"We'll look at that fight."

A rematch with David Haye is another lucrative option for Bellew, who expects to return to the ring at the end of the year.