Plant Based Boxer Lawrence Okolie Beats Isaac Chamberlain In Major Victory

The fighter hasn't eaten meat in a year
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The fighter says he's not missing anything by not eating animals (Photo: Lawrence Okolie)

The fighter says he's not missing anything by not eating animals (Photo: Lawrence Okolie)

Cruiserweight boxer Lawrence Okolie has beaten rival Isaac Chamberlain in what pundits are calling the 'biggest win of his short career'.

Olympian Okolie, who follows a plant-based diet, knocked Chamberlain twice during the match at London's O2 Arena - in rounds one and six.

Okolie's manager Anthony Joshua described the bout, which Okolie dominated throughout, as 'lacking finesse', while others called it 'untidy'.

Plant-based

Before the fight, Okolie denied his plant-based diet would have any negative impact on his chances.

He told ESPN: "I've not eaten meat in a year, I still eat the odd bit of chocolate though - I can't cut that out, it's my weakness.

"I've enjoyed meat but I wanted to give being vegan a go. "

An increasing number of athletes are going plant-based

An increasing number of athletes are going plant-based

Nutrition

He added: "It happened recently after I turned professional and I've been in charge of my own nutrition.

"The fatigue I felt when I ate meat was big and I only miss it when it comes to Christmas.

"I've not eaten meat for a while now, throughout my pro career, and I've still been able to knock people out so I'm not missing anything from it."

'Tested'

After the fight, he said: "Isaac [Chamberlain] is a good fighter and tested me in a different way.

"It's good as a benchmark. I have nothing but respect for him for his mental fortitude.

"I said in the build-up that he would find it hard to work up close with someone as strong as me."

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