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Was his hand really hurt? Doran questions Keeler and predicts stoppage

Tom Doran expects to be more destructive than ‘Dazzlin’ when he rematches with Luke Keeler in Liverpool this coming Saturday.

The Prizefighter Champion is confident he can stop the Irish middleweight when they open Sky Sports broadcast in a WBC International title fight.

The Welsh puncher see’s himself breaking Ballyfermot native Keeler down before ‘getting him out of there’ before the final bell.

Speaking to Boxing Wales this week Doran explained

“It’s definitely the most important fight of my career so far. There’s a (international) title on the line, it could go 10 rounds and it’s important I win. I don’t expect it to go the distance to be honest, though. The way I see the fight panning out, I’ll keep him at range behind the jab initially, break him down and the openings will come. I’ll get him out of there.”

Keeler and Doran have previous having meet in a Prizefighter semi final on Valentine’s Day of last year. Keeler suffered defeat that night, but stresses a hand break was the catalyst behind the heartbreak after what was still a close fight.

‘Cool Hand’ comes into this clash with two healthy hands and full of confidence, but Doran questions whether or not his upcoming foe was indeed hurt in their first meeting.

“I don’t expect it to have much of an impact. If you look back at Prizefighter, he was throwing far more right hands than I was. Was it really injured and having that much of an affect on him? I don’t think so. He was throwing it plenty.”


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