Conor McGregor has agreed to fight Luke Keeler, according to the Dublin boxer.
Keeler, ranked fourth in the world in the middleweight division by the WBO, took issue with McGregor over a video that recently emerged of the MMA star punching a man in a pub.
The Ballyfermot-native challenged the Notorious to a boxing match, saying the former UFC champion also hit his friend a few years ago.
McGregor did not publicly respond, but Keeler has said that he has since spoken with him.
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, I’d 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
According to the 32-year-old Dublin boxer, who recorded an impressive victory over Luis Arias earlier this month in Belfast, McGregor rang him and agreed to a fight between them.
“I don’t want to get into it too much, but I know he wasn’t happy about the call out. He is not happy,” Keeler told Irish Boxing.
“The fight community in Ireland is small enough and Crumlin isn’t too far from Ballyfermot. He rang me and we had a few words. I told him the fight was there to be made and he was all for it. He agreed to fight over the phone.”
“Whether he has the balls or not to get in the ring again, never mind with me, we will have to see,” he continued.
“He could have been just trying to front up or speaking in anger, but it got to the stage where I felt comfortable enough passing onto my management team.”
Keeler expanded the conversation on Twitter, saying he doesn’t expect McGregor to honour the agreement.
“He has agreed to fight after a shouting match on phone but doubtful he will. It would be quickest way for him to get Irish people’s respect back but respect and class is something he has none of and something money can’t buy.”
He has agreed to fight after a shouting match on phone but doubtful he will. It would be quickest way for him to get Irish people’s respect back but respect and class is something he has none of and something money can’t buy 👊🏼🍀 https://t.co/HPyM10Sqhw
— Coolhand Luke (@luke_keeler) August 18, 2019
Keeler has a record of 17 wins, five by KO, in 20 professional fights.
McGregor suffered defeat in his only professional boxing bout to Floyd Mayweather Jr in August 2017. He lost on his return to MMA in October 2018 against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.