Rising star Joe McGrail secures third career KO
On March 18, Liverpool’s rising featherweight star Joe McGrail (7-0, 3KO) knocked out tough journeyman Jake Pollard, who had only been stopped once in his last 42 fights.
McGrail moved up to 7-0 on Saturday night with his third KO win of his promising career which begun just 15 months ago.
It was his second appearance at the Liverpool Olympia, but this time he was topping the six-fight Bateson Promotions card.
The talented youngster trained by Paul Stevenson was quick to target the body of the Bradford boxer, who has shared the ring with several Area champions and British title contenders.
Joe reflected on his performance, “The fight went well, he came out with his hands high, obviously he’s a journeyman, so he had a tight defence and straightaway he gave me openings to the body so I started targeting the body and towards the end of the round I dished a nice one out and that was it really, just jumped on him from there and got the job done.”
Trainer Stevenson praised his student, “Joe was very clinical in his performance displaying great accuracy. It was a showing of the lost art of body punching.
“To get rid of an opponent who hardly ever fails to see the final bell was a real statement from Joe, who is developing perfectly.
Joe was a standout amateur, winning a European junior silver medal and the National ABAs, experiencing over 50 bouts in total. His brother, Peter, went to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and the siblings turned pro together.
Part of a thriving gym, Joe and teammates Nick Ball and Andrew Cain have all ended their last fights in first-round knockouts.
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