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Keeler: There is nothing too special about Prizefighter opponents

IT could be a special night and a special occasion for Luke Keeler, but there is nothing too special about the Prizefighter the middleweights line up claims ‘Cool Hand’.Keeler admits quality operators make up the Prizefighter list, but stresses none are at a level good enough to be guaranteed tournament victory.

‘Cool Hand’ is confident if he performs to his best he can emerge leader of a pack that includes three fighters with 11-0 records, as well as local lad Jack Arnfield, who is currently 17-0, when he travels to Blackpool on Valentines Days.

The Dublin middleweight is hoping to make it back to back Prizefighter wins for Ireland, Dublin and indeed the Celtic Warrior Gym after Jono Carroll claimed lightweight Prizefighter victory last December.

“There is some quality unbeaten guys in the line up, but nobody is really special and can’t be beaten on the night, especially over three rounds. With the training program done up and guidance by Pascal (Collins) I feel really confident that I can bring back to back Prizefighters to Celtic Warriors gym,” Keeler told Irish-boxing.com.

Keeler’s Gym mate Carroll beat 14-1 odds to lift the trophy last time out and the middleweight has been discussing tactics with ‘King Kong’.

“Jono has given me some good advice regards making angles and boxing, but the biggest thing I took from his win was how important it is to relax enjoy the experience and not put any pressure on myself.”


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