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Low Blows: Cool Hand Luke Keeler

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Every Wednesday we give Irish boxers the platform to take a swipe at their fellow fighters.

This week it is the turn of Ballyfermot middleweight Luke Keeler [10(5)-2(1)] who dishes the dirt on his Celtic Warrior gym mates.

Q: Hardest Trainer?
A: Stephen Ormond. He has a resting heart rate of 34BPM. He lives and breaths boxing and deserves his World title.

Q: Biggest Moaner?
A: Ian Tims. He is happiest when he’s moaning in fairness. Has had some bad luck with injuries and it’s some great news for him signing with MGM. I’m sure he will have a good finish to his career with regular fights.

Q: Funniest?
A: The Castleknock College privately educated Stevie Collins. We all come from Ballyfermot and Clondalkin, and he likes to remind us jokingly (or seriously) that we are only all scum.

Q: Biggest Ladies’ Man?
A: Couldn’t say. No one is single in the club so I wouldn’t want anyone getting in trouble! But Spike O’Sullivan has women posting him knickers to sign so I suppose it would have to be him.

Q: Most Intelligent?
A: Stevie Collins Jnr. Still very young and doing well, running his own company, young family, and putting serious hard work into boxing – so it would have to be him.

Q: Least Intelligent?
A: Wouldn’t call any lads unintelligent, but probably Spike O’Sullivan. He’s either losing it completely with his videos lately or is a marketing and advertising genius who is going to land a huge payday.

Q: Hardest Puncher?
Pound for pound it would have to be Spike O’Sullivan again, but young Stevie Collins is hitting harder all the time.

Q: Most Naturally Talented?
A: Stephen Ormond. I’ve been training and watching him since we were both in St. Matthews and he is naturally gifted.

Q: Cheapest?
A: Spike O’Sullivan. I’m sure everyone in the club will say the same. It’s a running joke, he seems to always forget his wallet.

Q: Worst Dancer?
A: I’d say myself. I haven’t any rhythm at all, but once I have a few drinks in me I think I’m brilliant!

Q: Worst Dress Sense?
A: Niall Kennedy. He came up to the club with yellow illuminous bicycle shorts the other day.

Q: Biggest Messer?
A: Mark Kennedy [Celtic Warrior Gym water boy]. He is forever joking and abusing people on Facebook but he keeps the fighters relaxed, comfortable, and at ease before fights. He doesn’t get the credit he deserves.

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie