Peter McGrail got his professional career off to a solid start.
The 25-year-old won on points against durable journeyman Ed Harrison at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool.
McGrail, the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games gold medallist from 2018 who is also a former ABA champion at 56kgs and had a stellar stint in the Team GB vest and headguard before signing pro forms after an early elimination from the Tokyo Olympics, outpointed the Blackpool-based 27-year-old on referee Steve Gray’s scorecard.
The man who has been tagged with comparisons of Vasiliy Lomachenko is trained by Paul Stevenson at the Everton Red Triangle club in his home city.
And McGrail, exclusively live on DAZN, as part of the battle for Scouse super-welterweight supremacy between rivals Liam Smith and Anthony Fowler, got the decision by 60 points to 54.
“It was great,” McGrail said afterwards about making the walk as a pro for the first time. “The cheers, the reception I got, everything, I can’t thank everyone enough.”
The hope for him is that Eddie Hearn and Matchroom now keep him as active as possible.
“I loved it in there and I’d like to be busy,” he continued. “I’d like to get out again another once or twice before the end of the year, be as busy as I can next year to keep building the record and then push on towards titles.”
But there was double disappointment for Shannon Courtenay as she lost for the second time in her professional career.
The Watford bantamweight, who was the WBA world champion prior to stepping on the scales on Friday at two-and-a-half pounds over the 118lb limit, lost her belt as a result and it was only at stake for Jamie Mitchell, the American visitor.
Courtenay looked perplexed at the decision being given to Mitchell, but scorecards of 95-95, 97-93 and 96-94 ensured that ‘The Miracle’ was the victor.
She is now 7-0-2 with four quick, while ‘The Baby-Faced Assassin’ Courtenay slips to 7-2 with three inside-the-distance finishes.