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Anthony Joshua’s 5,000 calorie daily diet – how he prepares for fights

Anthony Joshua is gearing up to defend his titles against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev tonight.

This will be the heavyweight champion’s first fight in a year, after he won back his WBA, IBF and WBO titles from Andy Ruiz Jr in December 2019.

AJ has been preparing for the fight with an incredible diet, which involves eating 4,000-5,000 calories a day.

For breakfast the boxer will most days eat five eggs, fresh fruit, oats, yoghurt, milk and a selection of vegetables, according to The Sun.

Joshua might eat two massive chicken breasts for lunch, with some sweet potatoes and vegetables, followed by some yoghurt.

For dinner he would usually have two fillet steaks with vegetables and either pasta or wholegrain rice.

It’s important for AJ to eat a massive amount, but also have a healthy mix of protein, carbohydrates and fats.

That’s why he’ll also have a morning snack, which might consist of an electrolyte drink, recovery shake, and sandwich, salad box or pasta pot.

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He also has to have a bedtime snack to make sure he’s keeping his calorie intake up.

This might be a slow-release protein shake, or protein bar.

In 2018, he admitted that one of his mistakes was not “eating enough”.

He told Coach: “In the past, I didn’t eat enough… I’d have breakfast, snack during the day and then not eat until dinner.”

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His performance nutritionist, Mark Ellison, has now said that his diet is carefully thought through.

He told The Times: “Even though he can eat a large amount of food, it has to be good quality – we can’t fuel him on junk.

“I’ve got a BMW 5-series estate and the haul from the greengrocers fills up the boot.”

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