Luke Keeler will be cheering for old foe Tom Doran on Saturday night, but thinks he may just come up short in his British Title fight with Chris Eubank Jr.
The Celtic Warrior Gym middleweight believes he is four fights away from challenging the controversial past opponent of stable mate Spike O’Sullivan, but first wants a rematch with Welsh fighter Doran, who defeated him in Prizefighter and a Fight of the Year contender earlier this year.
The Ballyfermot puncher believes a Doran win will only make their inevitable rematch all the bigger, and as such hopes the undefeated Prizefighter champion beats the British champ and World title hopeful on the Matchroom and Sky’s PPV show in London this weekend.
Keeler is leaning toward a Eubank Jr victory, but thinks Doran has a better chance than fight fans are giving him.
“I think Eubank will have too much and could force late stoppage, but wouldn’t write Doran off,” Keeler told Irish-Boxing.com
“I hope he does well. He hits very hard with good accuracy and he is dangerous when hurt as I found out.”
“It’s a two horse race, in boxing anything can happen. Hopefully Doran can beat Eubank be even bigger fight then. I’ll be hoping for a Doran win Saturday.”
Doran’s reward for getting up off the floor to defeat Keeler in a sensational clash back in April was a shot at one of the highest of profile fighters in Britain on a Pay Per View show that includes heavyweight World champion Anthony Joshua’s first defence.
However, Keeler, who has always watched social media footage of Eubank Jr sparring and said he seen exploitable flaws, doesn’t think he missed an opportunity as he doesn’t qualify to fight for the British title, a belt Eubank wants outright.
“I don’t think I would have got chance straight away as I’m sure he wants to win Lonsdale belt outright.”
That said, the 29 year old, who fights in America next month, still wants the fight. Where as previously stated he would take it straight away, he claims February’s Doran defeat has thought him some lessons.
The popular middleweight remains confident he will make World level, but knows he has to work hard on correcting some personal ‘flaws’ before he targets the Gennady Golovkin chasing Eubank Jr.
“I still want that (Eubank Jr) fight but I know now I’m four good fights away from it. I would also need to be full time training for few months which can’t commit to just yet.”
“I am working hard on correcting defensive flaws with Paschal [Collins], I wouldn’t be in this game if wasn’t improving and heading towards World level.”
“The one thing I had total confidence in boxing was my chin as I was never hurt but developed recklessness because of that. Anybody can be hurt in boxing and making adjustments to make sure won’t happen again,” he continued before revealing a Doran rematch is on the cards.
“I’ll show those in improvements in a third Doran fight. Matchroom paying for my fight in Boston and I’m sure they want to put third fight on.”