The Ballyfermot middleweight has been confirmed on the Red Corner November 5th Dublin show, and will find out this week if he will also appear on Matchroom’s big October 22nd show in Birmingham.
Regardless, he is keen to return to the ring and show fans that, like an Autumn-Winter collection, he has a lot more layers to his fight game now.
The popular Dub hasn’t traded leather since he lost a Fight of the Year contender to former Prizefighter foe Tom Doran, but claims he has learnt a lot from that stoppage defeat.
First and foremost the defeat in April taught the Celtic Warrior Gym puncher that he isn’t invincible – and with that in mind, he has elected to change his style ahead of the next phase of his career.
“I let myself get worked up before the Doran fight. I was silly in the warm-up and in the lead-up,” Keeler told Irish-boxing.com.
“I got all pumped up. I got caught up in it all. In fairness I was using the jab early then when I caught him all that went out the window.”
£When I dropped him I got over-excited.”
The engineer had previously felt that his chin was unbreakable, but learned the hard way in Liverpool that anyone can be hurt. He described how “the one thing I always had faith in was my chin. I had never been down in a fight or the gym. I never worried about taking a shot and that was reflected in my sparring.”
“Now I know anyone can be hurt if they are caught clean.”
“I have gone from that ‘just get in there and get the job done’ mentality. I never really had a set style.”
“I am working on concentrating for three minutes now, keeping my focus and using the skills I have, working on the jab and distance. That has been my main focus in sparring and this camp. I just need the fights now to show that new style.”
For Luke Keeler’s fight in Dublin on November 5th, 10% of his ticket sales will go to the Rory’s Wish to Walk campaign and these can be bought from the Celtic Warrior Gym in Corduff.