Camp Location: I am training in Las Vegas for this fight. While I have trained here before when I fought out of the Cory Spinks camp, for my last two fights my promoter, Don King, allowed me to live in the home where Mike Tyson lived when he trained in Vegas. I love it. It gives me inspiration to know I’m sleeping in the same bed “Iron” Mike slept in when he trained here.
Training Regimen: My trainer, Kevin Cunningham, took me up to the mountains outside Las Vegas last year to a little ski resort at the top of Mt. Charleston to run. I call it ‘The Monster’ and its one of my biggest challenges while training. I have to face and conquer it three times a week, and with snow on the ground now, it has become much tougher.
Every day, we go out for a six-mile run in the morning, and then head to the gym in the afternoon. My workouts include shadow boxing, mitt work, heavy bag, speed bag, sparring and jumping rope. I average 30 rounds per day in the gym, Monday through Saturday. And on the seventh day, I rest.
Diet: Basically as far as meat, I only eat salmon, tilapia, turkey breast and chicken breast. The rest of it is fruits and vegetables. It’s just fuel for me. I want to eat what will make me perform best.
Personal sacrifice: Eating light is not my only sacrifice during this training camp. Due to this fight being in January, I’ve had to give up the holidays with my friends and family back in St. Louis, which is hard. My kids will wake up on Christmas day without dad being there. I was in the gym on Christmas. Come January 29, that’s something else that Tim Bradley is going to have to pay for. I think about that every day.