If Angel Martinez looks that little bit sharper this weekend, he’ll have Brian Rose to thank.
Pool’s Spanish midfielder travelled to Manchester on Wednesday for a sparring session with Blackpool’s WBO International light middleweight champion.
It was all part of a video shoot for Altogether Now – a legacy for Blackpool, the partnership programme between the NHS in Blackpool (Clinical Commissioning Group and Hospitals Trust); Blackpool FC and Blackpool Council.
But it wasn’t all for show.
“Wow it was hard work,” said the Pool midfielder.
“Brian caught me with a couple of shots and I couldn’t believe how hard they were.
“It might have been for the cameras, but we did one round of proper sparring and I have so much respect for boxers now.”