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Joe McGrail hopes sparring with flyweight king Sunny Edwards and two former world champions with help fast-track his education in the pro ranks. 

The 19-year-old from Liverpool moved to 2-0 as a prize fighter on Friday night when he out-pointed and out-classed Marius Vysniauskus over four rounds on the MTK Global show in Bolton.

McGrail, who signed with Probellum earlier this month along with brother Peter, is targeting another five fights this year as the title-winning amateur looks to adjust to life without the vest in double-quick time.

And rounds shared with Probellum stable-mate IBF flyweight champion Edwards, as well as Kid Galahad and Kal Yafai, both former champions at featherweight and super-flyweight respectively, behind-closed-doors in the gym have provided McGrail with invaluable experiences already.

“I’ve had some top sparring since I turned over,” the unbeaten McGrail buzzes.

“I’ve been in with three lads who are world champions, or have been in the past Sunny Edwards, Kid Galahad and Kal Yafai.

“I’ve also done a few rounds with Olympic gold medallist Galal Yafai and I held my own with each one of them.  These lads have a good few tricks up their sleeves and Kid Galahad is very clever on the inside, and he imposes himself on you.

“Sunny is very slippery and he has his own unique style.  Our spar was a bit of a chess match.”

Talented super-bantamweight McGrail is next due to fight on April 22 at the M&S Bank Arena in his hometown of Liverpool.

Paul Butler’s challenge for the WBO world bantamweight world title tops a bill which is also set to include Peter McGrail, Rocky Fielding and many others as Probellum stage their maiden Merseyside show.

And it was at that very arena where Joe McGrail decided to turn his back on the amateur ranks and follow his older brother onto the professional stage.

“I could have gone down the Great Britain route and I was a bit stuck about what to do,” McGrail added.

“I’d gone down for a couple of GB camps in Sheffield and was due an assessment to potentially join the squad permanently, but I went to Peter’s debut in October and my mind was made up!

“I was already in the gym, training with Peter and all of the other pros and watching his debut gave me a taste for it.  I spent all of fight week with Peter, staying in the hotel, going to the press conference and weigh-in – I experienced it all.  Up until that point, I was undecided but after his fight I thought to myself: ‘I want a bit of this’.”

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