Peter McGrail has warned the super-bantamweight division to be braced for his run of KO wins to continue.
The Liverpool fighter scored a third successive stoppage victory at Probellum Liverpool last week, forcing the referee to halt his contest with Uriel Lopez in the fourth round.
McGrail was a stand-out amateur, winning medals at two World Amateur Championships, and became known for his technically brilliant style.
But the 25-year-old’s move into the professional ranks has helped unleash a new side of the former Great Britain star – and he says it’s all down to the change in gloves.
“The biggest difference I’ve found is with the gloves,” said McGrail, who was supported at ringside by Everton forward Anthony Gordon.
“In the amateurs I did well but I didn’t get many stoppages. I would always watch my fights back on video and I was repeatedly hitting my opponents clean.
“I said to myself: ‘When I turn pro, there’s not a chance these kids are taking these shots all night’. That is the big difference. The gloves in the amateurs are like pillows so the professional gloves are a massive difference for an accurate puncher like me.
“I am hitting these guys clean, hard and I know I am hurting them.”
He added: “My favourite shot is probably the straight left or the left uppercut, but I feel as though I am throwing all of my shots well.”
McGrail was roared on by a big following at the M&S Bank Arena last week and agrees with Sam Jones’ post-fight assertion that it won’t be long before he sells out the venue as the headline act.
“One million per cent,” he said.
“I just need to keep on performing in the ring, building on my wins and make sure I keep getting better and better.
“It was great boxing in Liverpool again and the atmosphere was sick. It is a great feeling when everyone is behind you and it wasn’t just people who bought tickets from me, but from people who were there to watch other fighters too.
Everton’s Gordon was also at ringside to lend his support for McGrail’s younger brother, Joe, who scored a stunning first round TKO win earlier in the night.
“I was probably more nervous for his debut, I was calmer for this fight,” said McGrail, who celebrated his win with a trip to Liverpool’s Chinatown, for a plate of his favourite salt and pepper chicken.
“I’d seen him in the gym and knew he was flying. Joe is a little beast for his age and though we knew he was levels above Al-Warith, he still knew exactly how he would stop him.
“Joe said to me before the fight: ‘I reckon I could stop him in the first round, but with controlled pressure’ and that’s exactly what happened.”