Luke Keeler Says UFC's Conor McGregor Agreed to Boxing Fight on the Phone

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistAugust 19, 2019

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 13:  Irish featherweight Conor McGregor interacts with fans during an open training session for media at Peter Welch's Boxing Gym on August 13, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Irish boxer Luke Keeler has said UFC star Conor McGregor has agreed to fight him.

Keeler called McGregor out on Twitter after video footage emerged from April of McGregor punching a man in a bar in Dublin.

After posting on social media, Keeler has said McGregor contacted him to complain about the call-out and agreed to a showdown, per IrishBoxing.com (h/t Will Griffee of the MailOnline):

"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. The fight community in Ireland is small enough and Crumlin isn't too far from Ballyfermot - and I heard he wasn't happy with the timing of it.

"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."

Keeler posted the following on Twitter, alleging McGregor has been involved in a similar incident previously:

Coolhand Luke @luke_keeler

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

The boxer, who has won 17 of his 20 professional boxing bouts, added he is still unsure whether he will actually step into the ring with the former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion:

Coolhand Luke @luke_keeler

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

TMZ shared the footage of McGregor's altercation in Dublin on their YouTube channel: 

In an accompanying report, it's said that the UFC fighter was unhappy with the customer because he refused to have a drink of McGregor's Proper Twelve whiskey along with others in the bar.

The fighter could then be seen flicking out a left hand at the man sat at the bar before being dragged away.

If McGregor does agree to fight Keeler in a boxing bout, it won't be his first foray into the sweet science. The MMA star went up against iconic fighter Floyd Mayweather in his professional boxing debut in August 2017.

Money proved to be too strong for McGregor on that occasion, as he stopped the UFC star in the 10th round of the contest.

McGregor's last fight in the UFC was in October at UFC 229, when he was forced into a fourth-round submission by Khabib Nurmagomedov.