‘There is only one winner’ – Heffron’s Irish manager says he’d beat Keeler

Mark Heffron’s manager Kevin Maree would back against his fellow Irish man if a fight was to be made with Luke Keeler [17(5)-3(2)-1] .

Irish-boxing.com heard from a very trusted source that a fight between the pair may be in the pipeline for September, but Maree, who hails from Dublin and previously worked as part of Team Frampton, confirmed talks haven’t taken place.

Still, it remains a fight that would interest and one he believes would entertain.

“The only thing I would say is that there has been no talks at all at the moment,” Maree told Irish-boxing.com.

“But as far as a fight goes I think everyone would agree it would be a very exciting contest.”

Maree admits he is a fan of the recent world title challenger from Ballyfermot. ‘Cool Hand’ caught his eye on the same night he excited Eddie Hearn when stopping Gary Boulden back in 2014 – and he has kept an eye out since.

In saying that he remains adamant recent British title challenger Hefferon [25(19)-1(1)] would have too much for the Dub if a fight was to be agreed.

“I’m a big fan of Luke Keeler. I saw him early on in his career. I was ringside early in his career when he boxed Gary Boulden, I was really impressed so I followed his career since.

“But hypothetically, if you’re asking me what would happen if Luke and Mark boxed in the future, there’s only one winner. Mark is better in every single area.”

Maree believes his man would get his hand raised, but suggests because of the pairs fighting style those watching would also come out winners.

“I think the way both lads love to box in would inevitably end up in a trade off. And there’s not many in the world who could stand a trade off with Mark. There would be two winners in that contest. Mark and the fans.”

“If in the future mark and Luke meet great. And if not I wish Luke all the best because he seems a class act, and of course he’s Irish.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com