Blackpool boxer Brian Rose has paid tribute to his new strength and conditioning coach in the run-up to his fight with Demetrius Andrade for the world light-middleweight title in Brooklyn on Saturday.
He has been working with South African-born Sean Krool, who has done work with a variety of sportsmen, among them England World Cup striker Danny Welbeck.
So a famous sporting double – Rose annexing the world title and an England win over Italy in soccer’s World Cup on Saturday night – would be just the job!
Krool has brought a new slant with the specialist work he has implemented and has already helped another North West champion boxer in Anthony Crolla.
Rose says that he is feeling the benefit of Krool’s official link-up with the Bobby Rimmer training regime.
Pictures of Rose’s physical shape while training in the United States for Saturday’s fight at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn bear witness to this.
His father Eddie remarked: “I have not seen Brian look better and Sean Krool has a lot to do with it.”
Rose himself said: “I am more flexible than I have ever been. I am like a gymnast now!
“The more flexible you are, the harder you are going to hit,”
Rose’s trainer Bobby Rimmer said: “We are all a team together.
“We are all working to get Brian Rose to the top and Sean is an important member of that team.
“It has helped Brian with his strength and that was evident when he beat Javier Maciel in Sheffield.”
Krool has been working with the Rose camp for the past five months.
He linked up with Rose after his fight with Alexey Ribchev at Bolton Stadium when Rose suffered back problems and could barely stand up straight in the dressing-room afterwards.
Rose said: “We have used Sean ever since the trouble with my back.
“He has shown us that we have to be more open-minded about training, and I have put my faith in Sean Krool.”
One of the strategies introduced into the Rose camp is less emphasis on hard pounding of the roads, which can put pressure on joints and muscles
Rose earned the right to challenge for the world title with a hard-earned points win over Argentinian Javier Maciel in Sheffield.
And the merit of that Rose success was underlined at the weekend when Maciel notched an outstanding victory in the United States.
Maciel beat the well-regarded Jorge Melendez at Madison Square Garden.
Maciel had Melendez down in the fourth found before taking a majority decision from the three judges.