Jay Byrne of JB Promotions revealed he sent Keating’s team an offer to fight Kelly on his debut November 3 card at the Red Cow.
The retired fighter turned fight-maker had hoped to make the mouthwatering clash for the BUI Celtic title and put it on top of his first bill.
Cork’s Keating likes the idea but thinks the fight is worthy of an Irish title and revealed he may be otherwise engaged this winter.
The Tony Davitt mentored fighter says he had eight round action lined up for December before being made aware of JB Promotions offer.
“Tony had mentioned it to me the week of my fight in Cork. We’ve already lined up another fight for December. All going good that fight will be in Cork,” he tells Irish-boxing.com.
“I’m hoping I can announce it in the coming weeks. I’d be open to the Kelly fight again in the New Year if the timing suits me.
I’d be 100% keen on that fight. If we can get it for an Irish tile I’m all in. Kelly is a nice guy and a good fighter. I think it would be better to fight for the Irish title that makes more sense.”
The 26-year-old was speaking after he had fought in Cork for the first time.
‘Danny Boy’ outpointed Jakub Laskowski over six rounds in his first fight since 2012 – and says he doesn’t want to leave it as long again.
“It was an unbelievable experience getting to fight in front of the Cork fans. I’d love to do it again. The Cork arena was buzzing all night. I’m hopeful they will run more shows as you could see the support from the fans on the night,” he adds before reflecting on his display.
“I thought my performance was good, of course, there’s loads of room for improvement. I got six good rounds with a durable opponent.”
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