Peter McGrail discusses Team GB’s record breaking medal haul

Joe Hewlett 30/06/2017

Peter McGrail led the line as Team GB returned from Ukraine with a record-breaking total of eight medals. The haul, of which McGrail claimed the only gold, also included six silvers and a bronze.

The bantamweight’s victory over Ukrainian Mykola Butsenko in the 56kg final ensured the 21-year-old captured the top prize.

Niall Farrell was also a standout, claiming a silver which impressed McGrail, who shared his delight with WBN as things could have been so different.

“Niall’s brilliant, I’ve been having a laugh with him out in Ukraine and it’s brilliant because he wasn’t even on the podium squad originally,” the Merseyside lad exclusively told World Boxing News.

“We had a good training camp in Uzbekistan and he boxed very good during the World Series Boxing and ended up getting picked to come out to Ukraine.

“For him to bring a silver medal home, was great but anywhere else he could have won the final and with a bit of luck he would have been coming home with the gold. I thought he had done enough.

“But overall, I was buzzing for him, he’s a boss lad.”

On his Team GB journey, McGrail added: “It was boss. Going out to Ukraine with all the lads, there was a buzz. We were all sparring well, all fit and we were all saying we were going to smash it and we came back with eight medals so we’ve done well.

“We all just want each other to be successful, even when one of us weren’t fighting, we were all shouting and rooting for each other – there was a lot of hugs going on between us,” McGrail said, reflecting upon his time in Ukraine.

“We’ve got the best physiotherapists, the best strength and conditioning coaches, best equipment, best rings and everything you can ask for so it’s all paying off.”

Britain’s newest poster boy also paid tribute to where it all started.

“The coaches from home like Paul Stevenson and the ones in the normal clubs have been just as important, because without them, none of us would be with Team GB.

“The Team GB coaches are just brilliant, they’re like polished diamonds, they’re adding more to our game,” he added.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95