Timothy Bradley's fantastic physique may be attributed to his vegan pre-fight diet. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Fighters always seem to have strange dietary habits going into big fights. Hell, Juan Manual Marquez ate a bunch of raw quail eggs and drank his own urine. Fighters will burn a massive amount of calories everyday and they will need a sizable amount of protein to replenish micro-tears in the muscle fiber. However, this protein needs to be quite lean to keep weight gain in check. The eight essential amino acids can come from a variety of sources, but most people choose red meat. This type of protein contains all of the eight essential amino acids and can be quite lean depending on the source.
Timothy Bradley has a drastically different approach according to Jason Gay. In his preparations for big fights, Timothy Bradley becomes a strict vegan. This means that he does not eat any animal or anything that comes from an animal like dairy or eggs.
"Dude, I swear, it's the most unbelievable feeling ever," Bradley said. It was Thursday morning in New York City, and Bradley, 28, was riding to a news conference in a slick SUV, praising the diet he believes gives him a pronounced advantage in the ring.
"The reason I love it so much is that I feel connected to the world," Bradley said. He was wearing a charcoal gray suit jacket, a purple dress shirt, and jeans. "My thoughts are clearer, crisp. I am sharp. Everything is working perfectly-I feel clean. It's a weird feeling, man. It's just a weird feeling."
Bradley has been doing this since his 2008 bout against Junior Witter in England. His results have been great since he has made this decision. Also, if I could get abs like Tim Bradley then I would become a vegan too. I'm not sure it would be too difficult to be a vegan if you have a personal nutritionist. For people like you and me, it would be significantly more difficult (so many things have butter or milk in it) especially if you like eating out at restaurants. Do you guys think that being a vegan is an advantage for Timothy Bradley?