Loads of positives for youtube sensation Keeler, says Collins

It didn’t quite for viral, but Luke Keeler’s exciting clash with Tom Doran has been viewed by over 400,000 people.

The first three minutes of his clash with the Welsh puncher will certainly be a contender for Round of the Year and be a topic of discussion on Sky Sports yearly review come December.

No doubt Irish middleweight prospect Keeler would have preferred to win a dull non explosive fight than to come out the wrong end of an all action crowd pleasing back and fort affair.

However, his coach Pascal Collins is one to accentuate the positives and he is looking on the bright side post the February reverse.

The Celtic Warrior Gym boss already told Irish-boxing.com he is certain fan clamour will ensure Doran and Keeler trade leather for a third time, although he believes that repeat is better playing out down the line.

Collins also claims the likable Ballyfermot 160lbs puncher will benefit from in a number of ways from his quick fire shoot out with the undefeated fighter.

Not only has Keeler greatly increased his profile, but he has learnt valuable lessons both which will stand to ‘Cool Hand’ down the line.

“It was a great fight and although no one likes to lose great fights can be good for both fighters. I have seen that over the years. Luke was involved in the fight of the night, the fight everyone was talking about after and the next day. Ok he lost but he can take positives from it. 400,000 people watch his fight on You Tube his profile has raised,” Collins told Irish-boxing.com.

While there might be out of the ring benefits for Keeler, Collins also believes there are positive to take from the fight itself, the kind of learning experience that will make his charge a better fighter.

“If you look at the early part of the fight Luke was doing well with his jab and looked comfortable. Then he knocked him down heavy and got excited going for the finish. A bit more experience and he would have taken his time and I think would have stopped him. Luke is a smart kid and he will learn from it and will come back stronger.”


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