JEFF HORN AND HIS VE­GAS MIN­DER

Horn tak­ing no meaty risks ahead of Craw­ford ti­tle fight

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT - JAMIE PANDARAM

JEFF Horn has flown a per­sonal chef to Las Ve­gas to cook all of his meals this week to avoid any pos­si­ble “meat con­tam­i­na­tion” that other box­ers have claimed af­ter pos­i­tive drugs tests.

The Aus­tralian world cham­pion is tak­ing every pre­cau­tion to avoid any drugs con­tro­versy or ill­ness be­fore he de­fends his WBO wel­ter­weight ti­tle against Terence Craw­ford next Sun­day (AEST).

Horn’s pri­vate cook has se­cured an area of the MGM Grand Casino’s kitchen to pre- pare all of his meals this week, and will metic­u­lously check every in­gre­di­ent that will end up in the boxer’s sys­tem.

Re­cently, Saul “Canelo” Al­varez, one of the high­est pro­file box­ers in the world, was banned for six months af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive twice to clen­buterol.

Al­varez said the pos­i­tive read­ing was a re­sult of eat­ing con­tam­i­nated beef in Mex­ico.

Other box­ers to use the con­tam­i­nated meat de­fence in­clude for­mer world cham­pi­ons Erik Mo­rales and Francisco Var­gas, and Aus­tralia’s for­mer heavy­weight cham­pion Lu­cas Browne.

Horn has al­ready been drugtested twice in the lead-up to this fight, pro­vid­ing urine and blood sam­ples to of­fi­cials.

De­spite Las Ve­gas boast­ing some of the finest restau­rants in the world, in­clud­ing three Miche­lin starred Joel Robou­chon in­side the MGM where Horn is stay­ing, his pro­moter Dean Lon­er­gan said his fighter would re­frain from in­dulging un­til af­ter his bout.

“There have been a num­ber of sup­posed claims in the last two or three years where peo­ple have tested pos­i­tive to drugs in box­ing and blamed meat con­tam­i­na­tion,” Lon­er­gan told The Sun- day Tele­graph. “I doubt very much whether that was the case, but nev­er­the­less, there is no way we are go­ing to be put­ting our­selves in a po­si­tion where that could hap­pen.

“Jeff has his own per­sonal chef with him in Las Ve­gas now, who has been given his own area of the kitchen in­side the MGM Grand, and will be pre­par­ing every meal to strict spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

“Jeff will stick to a very, very strict diet un­til the fight. Af­ter that, I ex­pect he’ll prob­a­bly eat three cho­co­late cakes.”

Horn’s per­son­alised meal plan fol­lows the same strat­egy used by Manny Pac­quiao in Aus-

tralia last year be­fore he fought Horn in Bris­bane.

Pac­quiao flew two of his pri­vate chefs from the Philip­pines to

cook all meals for him­self and his huge en­tourage.

Pac­quiao lost his WBO wel­ter­weight ti­tle to Horn, who has since de­fended his belt against Bri­tain’s Gary Cor­co­ran.

Craw­ford is an­other level up, con­sid­ered among the best pound-for-pound fight­ers in the world and in the prime of his un­de­feated ca­reer. The Amer­i­can is heav­ily favoured to de­feat Horn, al­though the Bris­bane na­tive is con­fi­dent of shock­ing the world again as he did against Pac­quiao at Sun­corp Sta­dium last year.

Horn flew to Ve­gas ear­lier this week and has held train­ing ses­sions in the Top Rank Box­ing gym­na­sium and runs at The Grand Canyon de­spite tem­per­a­tures soaring to 41 de­grees in the desert town.

Pic­ture: Peter Wal­lis

Boxer Jeff Horn at the Grand Canyon as he pre­pares for the Las Ve­gas fight against Ter­rance Craw­ford next week­end.

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