European Boxing Champion, Peter McGrail, dropped in to Goodison Park as part of his preparations for the British Lionhearts forthcoming match in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) against Italia Thunder at The Auditorium, Echo Arena on Friday 2 March 2018.
The lifelong Everton fan, who boxes for Everton Red Triangle Boxing Club, was given a tour of the stadium and the facilities at Goodison.
McGrail said: “Although I travel a lot, I try to get to games as often as I can and it was brilliant of the Club to show me around. Just walking out of the tunnel onto the pitch was boss. I really enjoyed it and it’s great to know that the Club is getting behind me the rest of the Lionhearts as we build-up to our big night on 2 March when we bring WSB to Liverpool for the first time."
Taking inspiration from Tony Bellew’s WBC Cruiserweight title win at Goodison Park, Peter stated his desire to one day box at the home of his beloved Blues.
“It’d be a dream come true, I was here the night Tony Bellew won his title and I’d love to be able to do something similar. I’ve never felt pressure about boxing at home and being able to hear the encouraging cheers always drives me on.”
Having boxed all over the world Peter returns to his home city to box in the World Series of Boxing series.
“The WSB events are much more like a professional boxing show with a weigh-in the day before, face-offs and a ringwalk on the night so there will be a really good atmosphere on the night. Some of the staff at the football club said they are going to come down and watch us so it is brilliant to know that we are going to have a lot of support behind us on the night.”
Tickets for British Lionhearts v Italia Thunder in the World Series of Boxing are on sale now, priced £20, at www.echoarena.com and www.gboxing.org.uk/tickets.
World Series Boxing is a team boxing competition contested by the world’s leading amateur boxers. It bridges the gap between Olympic and professional boxing and boxers compete without vests or headguards over five three-minute rounds. A WSB match is contested over five bouts and the team that wins three or more is the winner.