Exclusive: McGrail eyes pro move after Tokyo 2020, hopes for future Fowler undercard spots

Joe Hewlett 03/07/2017


Peter McGrail has announced his intentions to turn professional once he has performed at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

The 21-year-old returned home from Ukraine last week to a hero’s welcome as he brought back the gold.

However, he’s confirmed the Olympics will be his last tournament with Team GB as an amateur.

“The plan is to definitely go Tokyo and then turn professional from my own club. But there’s no rush from my friends, family and everyone back home, Tokyo is my focus,” McGrail exclusively told World Boxing News.

“The plan is to go to Tokyo and then in my eyes I’m going to be a world champion in the future. Going to the Olympics and getting a medal will be incredible but it’s just a stepping stone to going on and winning a world title. But I won’t be turning pro before the Olympics.”

One boxer that has experienced it all is fellow friend and former member of Team GB, Anthony Fowler.

The bantamweight had high praise indeed for the super-welterweight’s performances in his first two professional outings.

“He’s went down the path I’m looking to go down. He’s been the Commonwealth Games and Olympics. He’s now turned to the professional ranks and to see him doing so well up to now as a pro with everybody behind him is brilliant.

“He has two wins with two KO’s, doing both in style.”

McGrail admitted Fowler gave him some words of motivation before conquering the European Championships.

“He was the one who told me that no Scouser had won a gold medal and said: ‘If you win a gold medal, you’re making history lad,’ and that’s what gave me the extra motivation even though I was already determined to win it.”

With Tokyo three years away, the devoted Evertonian has already mapped out his professional debut.

“By the time I turn pro, Anthony could be at European or World level and be topping bills which would be perfect for my debut fights. Anthony’s a mate, I trained in Sheffield with him for a year-a-half, we stay in touch,” he added.

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