When speaking with considerable excitement about bringing WBA lightweight World champion Katie Taylor ‘home,’ Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn suggested he would like to make two exciting all Irish clashes on the undercard.
As well as a title defence for Taylor the Matchroom boss teased Irish fans by indicating he would love to do the long-anticipated Jono Carroll and Declan Geraghty rematch as well as a mouthwatering middleweight match up between Keeler and Conrad Cummings.
Hearn hasn’t yet officially announced a Taylor homecoming, however proposed an April date in Dublin following the Bray boxer’s defeat of Jessica McCaskill.
However, Keeler has revealed that he has already agreed to face his MTK stablemate Cummings.
“It’s a fight I’ve agreed to. It’s an amazing opportunity and these are the fights I need and want,” Keeler told Irish-Boxing.com.
The reigning Irish middleweight champion would go into the domestic dust up on the back of impressive wins over Bradley Pryce, Lewis Taylor, and Darren Cruise, but claims Coalisland’s Cummings [12(5)-1(0)-1] would represent his toughest test to date.
30 year old Keeler also believes the Tyrone scrapper’s style would suit him and ensure an entertaining night for fight fans.
“I think style makes fights and his come forward style is made for me,” said the fighter who has recently linked up with trainer Pete Taylor.
“He has done well as a pro so far and it will be toughest fight of my career to date. I respect him as a fighter and a person, but I’m in this sport to be involved in entertaining battles like this- and I am sure Conrad play his part in making it entertaining.”
Keeler, who impressed Hearn the last time he fought in the 3Arena, is the reigning middleweight champion of Ireland, but Cummings holds the WBO European title and holds a #14 World ranking as a result.
That ranking is something Keeler is well aware of and something he is targeting.
“A win will launch my career to another level. His belt would give me Top 15 world ranking. Then there is fighting live on Sky Sports in front of my home crowd – it’s what dreams are made of.”