The insane diet of heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua
Everyone knows that boxers train hard. Very hard. They spend endless days in the gym and they love an early morning ‘jog’. But their diet is just as crucial to their preparations. How do you eat like a World Champion? Eat like Anthony Joshua
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New IBF world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is known for his early knockouts and gargantuan yet lean build.
The 26-year-old, who’s 6’6″ and weighed 244 pounds ahead of his last world title win against American Charles Martin, doesn’t look like a lot of other heavyweight boxers. British rival Tyson Fury, for example, is noticeably more fluffy around the mid-region. The WBA and WBO world heavyweight champion even laughed at his own body during a recent press conference where he took off his shirt and called himself “fat.”
“I don’t live a strict lifestyle. I don’t live an athlete’s lifestyle. You couldn’t call me an athlete,” Fury said ahead of his July rematch with Wladimir Klitschko.
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Joshua, in comparison, is open about his heavy training routine that includes early morning runs, followed by afternoon strength and conditioning exercises, and finally boxing practice,according to an interview with Sam Rowe at Men’s Health.
“I enjoy training, but it can be tough when you have to be ultra-disciplined in the run up to the fight. But, you need to make sure that your preparation for a fight is the very best it can be. Even on Christmas Day I will be out first thing in the morning,” Joshua told FHM.
Joshua told Men’s Health that he doesn’t eat meals at specific times, but added: “I eat a lot, I eat when I’m hungry, and I try to eat clean.”
The Watford-born boxer eats around 4,500 calories a day, according to The Telegraph’s Gareth A. Davies, including lots of eggs, chicken, fish, and fresh vegetables.
Five raw eggs, one banana, two slices of wholemeal bread, one pot of Greek yoghurt, and a glass of apple juice might make up a typical breakfast, The Telegraph writes.
In the breakfast pictured below, Joshua told AskMen.com he had porridge as a “starter,”followed by six poached eggs, toast, a bowl of fruit, and two yoghurts.
Joshua isn’t shy on the protein, though this plate of scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, and toast looks more manageable.
The boxer doesn’t slow down at lunch or dinner, either. During a refuel at Portugeuse restaurant chain Nando’s, known for its spicy chicken, he orders three side dishes of mashed potatoes.
Joshua doesn’t binge between fights, but does indulge in dessert every once in a while.
“I love a sneaky apple crumble now and again. Only on the weekends, though, or after a fight. Yeah man, I can’t help myself. Apple crumble is my weakness,” he told AskMen.com.
It’s not all for nothing. Joshua is a machine in the ring: To win the IBF title in April, he knocked down Martin in one minute and 32 seconds of the second round.
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