Deontay Wilder will defend his WBC heavyweight world title against Tyson Fury on February 22. The Bronze Bomber has a formidable reputation for his power and is widely recognised as the biggest puncher in boxing.
To sustain his huge frame and physique, Wilder has a consistent training and nutrition programme.
Let’s take a look at what it involves.
Despite his enormous 6’ 7” frame, Wilder insists he spends very little time pumping iron and instead focuses on pad work and sparring in his camps. He told The Guardian back in May last year: “I don’t have to go to a weight room, I don’t have to go to a gym period and my athleticism, my body frame, my build will be what it is.” He instead says his training takes a more traditional approach.
“Basically I’ve been getting away with a lot of things as a champion,” he previously told The Boxing Voice. “And just as a fighter in general, with my style, with my height, there’s a lot of things I get away with.
“You all have seen it; I’ll come in here and just hit the mitts and spar. That’s it. No running, no conditioning and stuff, no heavy bag, no speed bag, no jump rope, no nothing!
“But that’s all I’ve ever done – hitting mitts and sparring.”
In an interview with AL.com in the build-up to his fight with Dominic Breazeale, Wilder spilled the beans on what he eats in a normal training day. “So I get up at 8 o’clock in the morning. I eat me a good breakfast from pancakes, to Polish
sausage, to patty sausage and some good eggs.
“One morning I will eat egg McMuffins and it will rotate throughout breakfast time with that. “I come back again at 11.30am, eat a nice Alfredo chicken pasta with corn on the cob, maybe
have some nice garlic bread toasted alongside.
“2pm will be a sandwich, you know, maybe ham and cheese, maybe tuna, with two boiled eggs. “The 5 o’clock [meal] will consist of a Salisbury steak, with mashed potatoes and green beans and I eat a lot of red potatoes; I eat a lot of yams. “And then at 7.30pm, I have a nice T-Bone steak, some more red potatoes, we might have some squash in there and some green beans.
“Each day is different, with different meals that come with it. But that mostly sums it up.”