Former UFC star Conor McGregor 0-1 is expected to face middleweight Luke Keeler 17-2-1 (5) in Dublin, Ireland on December 14.
The 32-year-old Keeler publicly called out McGregor on social media following the release of video footage showing of the mixed martial arts star hitting an older man in the side of the head from behind at the Marble Arch pub in Dublin back in April.
Keeler’s comments elicited an angry phone call from McGregor, 31, who tweeted a three-word post this week: “Dublin, December 14th”.
“I don’t want to get into it too much, but I know he wasn’t happy about the call out,” Keeler told Irish Boxing.
“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.
“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.
“I agree it could be just all talk. Whether he has the balls or not to get in the ring again, never mind with me, we will have to see.
“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.”
Boxing neophyte McGregor has boxed just once as a pro, getting stopped by undefeated American Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas two years ago.
The last time McGregor fought competitively he lost to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in the octagon last October.
Some fight fans believed the December 14 post referred to UFC 245, which is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas on that date.