Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Berridge Took No Shortcuts During Tough Training Camp

By  Duncan Johnstone

New Zealand world-rated light-heavyweight boxer Robbie 'The Butcher' Berridge is getting a bit ''hangry'' as he restricts himself to salads in the buildup to his title defence in the land of XXL portions.

The impact of the strict diet ahead of his fight this weekend against unbeaten Russian Vasily Lepikhim in Bethlehem on the outskirts of Philadelphia in the US was telling in practice.

Berridge was running hard on the treadmill and delivering some extra sting in punches landing on trainer Cleve Langdon's pads.

Coping with the dangerous combination of hunger and anger was all part of the job for Berridge though, who had to drop three kilograms before Saturday's weigh-in.

That wasn't easy in a land of temptation where the Americans delivered their food in large proportions, often sacrificing quality for quantity. While his support crew were tucking into the local fare with gusto, Berridge was having to stick to salads.

The 29-year-old Aucklander was confident he would reach his weight goal. He's been through this enough to know how to time his run at the scales.

"Yeah, it's going well," he said, ''but I'm tiring of the salads. Even those are twice the size ... it's ridiculous."

Berridge planned an instant reward once he got off the scales.

"I'm going to go and eat one of those famous Philly burgers. It's my job to keep my weight down. So I just stick to that and then after my weigh-in I will go and hammer a big burger."

Berridge was lapping up the sights and experiences of his first trip to the United States, but he certainly wasn't losing focus.

He knew the importance of this fight, where he would put his WBO Oriental and WBC Asian belts on the line and risk his No 9 ranking with the respected WBO organisation.

Talk of a world title fight continued to swirl around Berridge, a fighter dubbed ''The Butcher'' because of his ruthless approach in having 20 of his 24 wins come via knockouts, mostly through his lethal left hook.

Lepikhim loomed as a serious challenge. He was unbeaten and tall, though his willingness to fight on the inside rather than make good use of his reach, would suit Berridge.

Berridge was joined on the card by New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker who would fight American Keith Thompson.

Both fights were on a card that would be televised in the United States, exposing them to a huge audience. The fights would also be televised in New Zealand.

Tags: Robbie Berridge image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Humberto Soto Will Now Face Daniel Ruiz on October 1 Danny Garcia's Handlers Tried To Secure Eggington, Says Hearn Jamie Cox Feels He Would Topple DeGale, Jack, Ramirez, De Carolis Photos: Frankie Gavin, Sam Eggington - Face To Face at Presser Klitschko vs. Joshua Getting Close as Both Sides Wait For Rulings Erik Skoglund-Timy Shala WBA Title Clash Rescheduled To Dec. 9 Tyson Fury Facing 10 Day Deadline From WBO To Explain Condition Izu Ugonoh Anticipates a World Title Shot in 2017 Jose Pedraza's Manager Not Happy, Says Boxer is Stuck in Limbo Ward: I’ve Got Plenty of Time To See What I Need Of Kovalev Mayweather Sr: Danny Garcia Can't Beat My Son, Not as Good Flanagan: Now or Never For Crolla Fight – One or Two Left at 135 Eddie Hearn Eyes Pro Deal, Star Potential For Nicola Adams James Metcalf-Serge Ambomo New MGM Headliner on October 7 Parker Tabbed By Bookies as Big Underdog in Joshua Fight Klitschko: Since Going Pro, I've Never Had Such a Long Break Ryan Rhodes: Facing Ricky Hatton Will Be Weird Kovalev Rejects Talk That Golovkin Dropped Him in Camp Dillian Whyte, Ian Lewison Explodes- Pulled Apart at Presser Pacquiao Looking Solid in Training Camp, Very Fast and Strong Kozaev, Fayfer, Papazov, Ananyan Get Wins in Krasnodar Tommy Morrison's Son Fights To Create Own Identity Mayweather Sr: I Believe My Son Will Fight Again, Break The Record Andreev, Chelokhsaev Win, Tedeev Upset in Vladikavkaz Lucas Matthysse To Return in Early 2017, Says Golden Boy Prez Photos: Perrella-Ugas, Karl-Quezada on Weight For PBC on FS1 Adam Balski Knocks Out Valery Brudov in The Fifth Chocolatito Not Pleased With Offer For Inoue, Prefers Cuadras Lewkowicz Sends Warning Message To Today's Boxers Ricardo Mayorga is Back, Plans Ring Return For December Luis Ortiz To Klitschko: I'll Replace Fury, Whoop Your Ass on 10/29 Ohara Davies is Off Burns-Relikh, Returns Saturday in Germany Hearn Keeps Everyone in Suspense on Joshua vs. Klitschko, Parker Mikey Garcia Still Waiting For a Date, Hopes For Zlaticanin Shot Video: Abregu Suffers KO Loss, Opponent Attacked Afterwards! Abregu Knocked Out By Journeyman, Post-Fight Brawl Erupts Javier Fortuna Will Go After Pedraza or Sosa vs. Smith Winner Cleverly Eager To Fight: I Want To Rip That Title Off Braehmer Pacquiao-Vargas Broadcast Team - Bradley, Smith, Kenny, More Billy Joe Saunders Return Moved To October 22 in Cardiff
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement