'Cool Hand' Luke Keeler says an angry Conor McGregor phoned him after he made comments on social media criticizing the Irish UFC star's actions following the recent footage showing him appearing to punch a man in a Dublin pub.
Keeler, who is 17-2-1 in the professional boxing ranks, says he is open to a 'Battle of Dublin' with McGregor after the former UFC champion phoned him in response to comments Keeler made on social media regarding the footage which was released last week by TMZ.
CCTV from inside the Marble Arch pub in Dublin from last April appeared to show McGregor strike a punter after he reportedly refused an offer of a free glass of his Proper Twelve brand of Irish whiskey.
"Sad to see @TheNotoriousMMA stoop so low, did the same to a friend of mine couple of years ago and still walking around acting the gangster, Id be happy to put him in his place if he had the balls to step in a ring again?" Keeler wrote on Twitter last week, but apparently, the challenge wasn't appreciated by the mixed martial artists and one-time professional boxer McGregor.
Sad to see @TheNotoriousMMA stoop so low, did the same to a friend of mine couple of years ago and still walking around acting the gangster, Id be happy to put him in his place if he had the balls to step in a ring again ?? https://t.co/SSnAoQmr4K
— Coolhand Luke (@luke_keeler) August 15, 2019
And now, Keeler says that moves have been made to secure high profile boxing match between the two.
Speaking to Irish-Boxing.com, Keeler said: "I dont mind calling out a bully – and that is what he is. As I said, Id be happy to put him in his place. I just think that behavior isnt right, especially from someone who knows how to use his fists and knows the damage that can be done. Plus, like I said in the tweet, it wasnt the first time he has done something like that.
"Well, he called me and he certainly wanted to fight me then. I don't know how much he meant that and (if he) really wants to fight. If its money he needs, well I am sure any fight McGregor is in would generate a few bob for him. I think there would be an interest in it. A battle of Dublin and a real fight. I wouldnt look to carry him to make a show of it like Mayweather."
McGregor's pro boxing debut came almost exactly two years ago when he was defeated by 10th-round stoppage by multiple-time world champion Floyd Mayweather, a match which Keeler described as little more than an 'exhibition'.
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