Keeler to face Arias on Conlan-Ruiz undercard

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The Irish middleweight looks for a career-best win.

Dublin middleweight Luke Keeler will be aiming for a career-best win in Belfast on Aug. 3, when he faces Luis Arias on the Conlan-Ruiz undercard.

Keeler (16-2-1, 5 KO) is a 32-year-old fighter who turned pro in 2013. He took his first loss in a Prizefighter tournament in 2015 against Tom Doran, and was stopped in two by Doran in a 2016 rematch in Liverpool.

Since then, Keeler has gone 6-0-1 in his last seven fights, most recently beating Conrad Cummings on March 29. That was his second win over Cummings.

Despite being the road fighter, Arias (18-1-1, 9 KO) perhaps deserves to be a slight favorite. The 29-year-old American fighter has competed at a higher level in his last two outings, losing a decision to Daniel Jacobs in Nov. 2017 and drawing with Gabe Rosado in Nov. 2018. He’s a talented if inconsistent fighter and will be a tough out for Keeler.

“I know Luis Arias is a world-level fighter and will be best I’ve been in with. Technically, he’s good but he’s the perfect step I need to beat before fighting for a world title,” said Keeler.

“Arias has already proven he is on the same level as the likes of Gabriel Rosado, who we tried make the fight against — but I feel style-wise Arias will suit me better than he suited Rosado.

“I know this is a huge event and that tickets have flown out quickly. I’m expecting a great atmosphere and real support from the people of Belfast again. I’m within touching distance of that world title dream. I’ll be at world level after this fight. My name can be mentioned in the mix straight away.”

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