If any super bantamweights are reading this, I’ve got some bad news for you.
Some really bad news.
You all know that Peter McGrail was a brilliant amateur and that he’s already taken to the pros like a duck to water, right?
Well, I don’t want to alarm you, but McGrail is going to keep getting better. And better. And better.
He’s not known as the ‘Scouse Lomachenko’ for nothing and on Saturday night, Peter headlines his first show as Probellum returns to the famous fight city of Liverpool.
McGrail takes on the tough and very experienced Alexander Espinoza in a 10 round contest that is, without question, the hardest fight of his pro career to date.
I’ll be sat at ringside this weekend and though Espinoza will ask questions of McGrail, I fully expect him to answer every one of them in emphatic and stylish fashion.
Peter McGrail is going straight to the top of the division, and I believe that he is that good that within the next three fights, he would be ready to fight for a world title.
Yes, in just three fights. By the end of next year, Peter will be knocking on the door.
Peter has phenomenal movement, hence the Lomachenko comparisons, and he hits hard, throws a high volume of punches and leaves his opponent’s head spinning.
As a professional, Espinoza will not have faced anyone like Peter. Not even close.
For anyone who knows Peter or been lucky enough to spend some time with him, you will know he’s a lovely, humble lad who has time for everyone.
In many ways, McGrail is a silent assassin but the noise around this fighter is only going to grow.
I’m not going to name names, but there were a lot of domestic fighters who turned down the chance to face Peter this weekend because, quite simply, they know that they’re in for a seriously hard night.
Peter hopes to box again before the end of the year and then 2023 we’re putting our foot to the floor and this son of Liverpool is going to move, rapidly, through the rankings.
McGrail not only has the potential to be the best fighter to ever come from the city, which would be some achievement given its history, but he can become the finest fighter to emerge from this country.
In the co-main event, Jazza Dickens goes in search of a piece of the world featherweight jigsaw, when he fights for the vacant IBO world title.
Dickens faces the tough South African Lerato Dlamini knowing that victory increases his chances of landing a shot against one of the other world champions at 126lbs.
A fight with Leigh Wood is one Jazza has been banging the drum for and it would be a massive night for British boxing, if those two were to renew old rivalries and clash for two world title belts.
Jazza has already beaten Wood and a rematch would be must-see for British boxing. Dickens is fully confident that he still has the beating of Wood and I think he is all wrong for Leigh, but it would be a memorable fight.
Let’s get it made. But first, Jazza has to do the business in front of his home fans on Saturday night.