Luke Keeler opponent confirmed for November 5th Red Corner show

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Luke Keeler [10(5)-2(1)] has had an opponent confirmed for his BUI Celtic Warrior title bout on November 5th.

The Ballyfermot middleweight will box former Welsh and Commonwealth champion Bradley Pryce [38(20)-20(4)] over eight rounds on the National Stadium-hosted card.

35 year old Pryce was initially lined up as an opponent for ‘Cool Hand,’ but negotiations would stall as ‘Sugar Sweet’ opted instead to face Justin Menzie in a rematch of their bout in September which the Welshman won via third round knockout.

However, the former European and British title challenger has seemingly had a change of heart and signed to face the Dubliner.

Pryce comes into the bout on the back of a three-fight winning streak and while he may be somewhat past his best, he is still a dangerous opponent for Keeler, especially for a comeback bout.

In recent years Pryce has fought Billy Joe Saunders, Frankie Gavin, Sergey Rabchenko, and Chris Eubank Jr. The man from the Valleys is probably best remembered by Irish fight fans for his knockout British title loss to Neil Sinclair in Belfast in 2003, as well as his split-decision win over Sinky in 2010 in the Prizefighter light middleweight quarter finals.

Promoter Red Corner this evening confirmed that “we’re delighted to finally announce that, after much effort on our behalf, Bradley Pryce will box Luke Keeler for the BUI Celtic Warrior Title.”

“He’s here for a fight and this will be a tough test for Luke, arguably the biggest fight of his career.”

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