After a short period of heat between Irish boxer Luke Keeler and the mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor, it does appear as though ‘Cool Hand’ is ready to move on with his career.
Of course, there never really was any chance that the reclusive former UFC champion would end his hiatus from combat sports for a battle against the Ballyfermot born middleweight.
Keeler, who has been linked to deals with both DAZN and Matchroom, spoke out against Conor after the emergence of a video that showed him striking a patron at a Drimnagh pub.
The pair apparently exchanged some heated words over the phone before Keeler took to his official Twitter to challenge him to a boxing match – a fight that McGregor supposedly accepted before the bout eventually fizzled out.
Speaking to IrishBoxing.com, the fourth-ranked WBO middleweight explained how this minor detour in his focus isn’t worth the time and that with a world-title fight in his horizons, his attention would be better spent elsewhere.
“I am going to focus on my boxing for the next six months and just the boxing.
“I am not going to waste anymore time on him. I am very close to signing for a world title fight and I am going to work and train like it has been officially signed.
Despite Conor’s recent ESPN interview that displayed him expressing remorse for his actions of late, Keeler doesn’t seem to think that he is ready for a return to competition – telling his fellow Irishman that he too needs to refocus before stepping back in there.
“I’d say he is a long way from competing and if he is to fight again I hope he works on getting his head back together. He should focus on that and his own family.”