Liverpool’s Peter McGrail has promised an “explosive” performance when he faces former British champion Marc Leach at the Exhibition Centre this Saturday.

McGrail is boxing for the first time since being knocked out by Ja’Rico O’Quinn in America last December.

Leach has stepped in as a late notice replacement after the scouser was originally scheduled to face O’Quinn in a rematch.

Leach is on a two-fight losing streak after losing his British Title to now IBO world champion Liam Davies, before being stopped by Masood Abdulah.

Despite the defeats McGrail is not viewing Leach as an easy fight but insists that he will put in an explosive performance on Saturday night.

“I’m expecting a good, tough fight. I’m more than ready for the likes of Marc Leach so we’ll see on April 27th,” he told Matchroom Boxing.

“Every fight is a must win but coming off the back of a loss, it’s probably even more of a must win.

“You’re going to see a spiteful, explosive Peter McGrail coming back to winning ways.”

The Liverpudlian was hopeful of revenge against O’Quinn, after dropping his opponent twice before the fight came to premature end.

McGrail told Matchroom Boxing that although the defeat was a tough one to take, he is now focused on putting a good performance in against Leach.

“It was just a learning curve for me. It was a hard one to take. I was obviously in control of the fight. I had O’Quinn down twice.

“The fight was going to plan, and I got caught with a good shot. A little switch off for a second, a split second, that’s all a punch is.

“Straight away we said we wanted the rematch and that I’m going to get my belt back and smash his head in properly this time,

“But one way or the other he’s pulled out of the fight, and we’ve got a new opponent.

“It’s a different opponent but obviously I’ve got the same job to do. I’m coming to put a good performance in.”

McGrail boxes out of the thriving Everton Red Triangle, the club has produced talents such as Nick Ball, Andrew Cain and new NABC champion Lucas Baswana.


Beatriz Ferreira takes on Yanina Del Carmen Lescano in the chief support on the card with the winner lifting the IBF world lightweight championship.

Ferreira is competing for the honour in just her fifth professional contest, the Brazilian had a very successful amateur career winning an Olympic silver medal.

Junaid Bostan will take on Jack Martin for the Commonwealth silver title and the winner is set to fight for the English super welterweight title in their next contest.

Joe & Peter McGrail- credit ALAMY IMAGES
Peter McGrail (right) and Joe McGrail – credit ALAMY images

Brother of Peter, Joe McGrail also features on the card, the 9-0 prospect faces Ryan Walker in his first eight rounder.

Local fighters Frankie Stringer and Ste Clarke both fight on the card, both men are products of the famous Rotunda Amateur Boxing Club.

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