Tokyo 2020 Olympian Peter McGrail scored his fourth stoppage in five outings on Saturday night, forcing Alexander Espinoza to retire after the fifth at Liverpool’s Eventim Olympia.
McGrail, who was scheduled to go the ten-round distance for the first time, headlined the Probellum card on Merseyside in front of a supportive Liverpool crowd. Espinoza had only lost five times in twenty-eight contests but the disparity in levels between the pair was quickly established as McGrail glided around the ring with superior footwork, firing off a variety of shots with fleeting speed.
The twenty-six-year-old dominated the affair, landing flush on numerous occasions and drawing cheers from the home crowd in the process. Espinoza showed he had a chin on him but a well-timed straight left planted the Nicaraguan flat on his back in the opening minute of the fourth, a shot McGrail had enjoyed a wealth of success with up to that point. Espinoza did well to survive the round but the onslaught continued into the fifth, leading to the away man’s corner compassionately calling it a day.
McGrail is set to appear on the undercard of fellow Liverpudlian Paul Butler‘s undisputed showdown with Naoya Inoue in Japan on December 13th.
Jazza Dickens emerged victorious in a hard-fought twelve-round encounter against Lerato Dlamini to claim the IBO featherweight title, much to the delight of the Liverpool crowd. It was a nip-and-tuck affair for much of the contest with both men enjoying success but the majority of the cleaner, smarter work and volume came from the Liverpudlian as he picked up his second victory of 2022. The scores were close but fair on the night, reading 116-112 and 115-113 twice in Dickens’ favour.
The thirty-one-year-old expressed his delight in the immediate aftermath of the contest, urging the big names at 126lbs to call him out following his victory on Saturday night in his post-fight interview with BBTV.
Steven Cairns also cruised to a comfortable six-round points decision over Angelo Turco in their lightweight contest where the latter was deducted a point for holding by referee Howard Foster.
Joe McGrail was made to work in his six-round featherweight bout against Alexander Taylor which saw the nineteen-year-old suffer a cut over his left eye and an injury to his right-hand. There was never any doubt over the result at the conclusion of the affair but the bout was fought at a fast pace, no doubt providing valuable rounds for McGrail as his professional development continues.
Further down the card, Blane Hyland ran out a 60-54 winner against Mikey Young at super-bantamweight, while Frankie Stringer dominated Lee Hallett in their four-round lightweight contest. Also at 135lbs, John Edmundson ran out a 40-36 winner over Simas Volosinas.