Luke Keeler isn’t just planning on stepping over potential banana skin Adam Jones on Saturday night, he is planing on walking through him.
Jones has upset previous having beaten Anthony Fitzgerald and drawing with Lewis Taylor among others.
The 23 year old game English puncher has also never been stopped, and took the likes of John Ryder and Gary Corcoran the distance. In that regard, not only is he a potential banana skin, but he provides Keeler with a chance to make a statement in Birmingham on Saturday night – and that is exactly what the Ballyfermot man plans to do.
Keeler is knockout keen and believes he will become the first man to stop ‘Jonesy’ on the Eggington-Skeete undercard.
“I am getting edgy now at this stage and aggressive. I want to get back in the ring and stay busy,” Keeler told Irish-boxing.com.
“He is a decent opponent, never stopped and had three or four draws with top unbeaten guys. In that regard it’s a potential banana skin if overlooked, but I’ve put too much hard work in and need to impress so that definitely won’t be happening with me!!!
“I’m happy to get rounds but can’t see him lasting distance the way I’ve been hitting lately. Fair dues if he does, but I can’t see many standing up to the shots with small gloves.”
A new steeliness has crept into Keeler this year. He has been studying Conor McGregor and although he isn’t trying to copy the UFC star the Irish middleweight has taken things from the former Crumlin punchers approach.
The new father of twin boys has elected to full time this year and there is certainly more intent in his eyes, attitude and statements. Not only is he keen to impress on a Sky broadcast show on Saturday, Keeler is keen to look good against ‘names’ over his next few fights so that he is in a position to bring big time boxing back to Dublin by 2017.
“I’ve to keep impressing. I want to get TV for the April show then two more fights with big enough names. Hopefully I will be bringing Sky Sports back to Dublin along with Jono (Carroll) on our own show!”