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Why is world champion boxer Billy Joe Saunders eating kangaroo meat?

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WBO Middleweight World Champion, Billy Joe Saunders, has been preparing for his title defence against David Lemieux with an unorthodox new diet.

"My nutritionist cooked a meal for me one night when my session at the gym ended and after I ate it he asked me what I thought it was. I replied 'steak'. I was surprised when he told me it was ostrich and that at another meal I'd eaten kangaroo."

"The ostrich looked like and tasted like steak and I had no trouble eating a kangaroo burger” Saunders told The Sun, adding "I know it's a bit different from the normal meats a boxer might eat, but they both contain plenty of protein with hardly any fat to talk of”.

The middleweight’s new trainer, Dominic Ingle, has also implemented some unusual additions to Saunders’ training regime, as Billy Joe explained, "the idea of training at 3am is to get my body clock adjusted when I am in Canada. 3am here is 10pm in Canada, and that's around the time I will be fighting Lemieux”.

“That is the first of four sessions I do on some days. I'm back in the gym doing short bursts of training and sparring at 6am, 11am and then 4pm… I'll eat and get some kip between 11 and four and by the time I've finished the last session I'm ready to crawl into bed.”

Saunders’ switch to Dominic Ingle, in training terms, seems to be going a long way in boosting his fitness and remedying his training discipline, which has been criticised in the past.

Lemieux’s impressive record stands at 38-3-0 with 33 wins by knockout. His 80% knockout ratio, when seen in comparison with Saunders’ 48% and evasive style, means this is likely to be a contest Saunders will have to box his way through. An injection of fitness from Ingle may add another string to the Hatfield fighter’s bow though and means he will be less likely to fade in the later rounds, as he historically has been known to, most notably in his narrow win over Chris Eubank Jr.

The 16th of December will be Saunders’ biggest test yet but a statement win is needed to set up any sort of credible challenge against the division’s top men, Gennady Golovkin and Saul Alvarez. 

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