He's lean, mean and proud of his plant-based, 100 percent vegan diet. In an interview with Boxing Scene on September 30, WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley discussed why he believes that his extremely strict vegan diet is guaranteed to give him the winning edge.
"I have used this diet since 2008. I first tried it when I was preparing for my challenge of WBC super lightweight champion Junior Wittier -- my first world title fight -- and after seeing the results it gave me I have tried to stay as loyal to it as possible," said Timothy.
The champion contends that by following a vegan diet, he has more energy because his digestive system doesn't need to focus on breaking down meat.
"It helps keep my body clean and it provides me with a tremendous amount of energy due to my body spending less energy breaking down foods like meats. This is a big key factor in my fitness," explained Timothy.
"I told a reporter recently that I feel totally superior over any athlete who gets into the ring with me. The energy is always there. I feel so alive. My senses and reflexes are so acute," he added.
Timothy particularly emphasizes the energy that he attains from his vegan diet. So much so, in fact, that he can't always sleep well.
"With a vegan diet you always have energy, so much that sometimes I have trouble sleeping at night. You feel light. You don't feel bulky or heavy. This would benefit any athlete in any sport," he asserts.
To be able to focus on his fitness rather than meal preparation, Timothy turns to a home delivery system from a local cafe, which has even named a drink after him.
"In my hometown, the Palm Greens Cafe prepare my meals for the week and deliver them to my house. The owners even named a special smoothie after me - "The Bradley Ultra Greens," which includes kale, spinach, apple, ginger, mint, banana with other ingredients," he said.
And Timothy's prediction for the future: "The vegan diet means no meat or dairy products whatsoever. It makes me feel so much better going into this big fight against Marquez. When my fight with Marquez is over the needle on my energy gauge will still read 'Full' because of my diet and training regimens. You will see my physique. I will be a lean, mean fighting machine."