Guess the last things Tyrone Nurse will eat before stepping in the ring for his British title defence?
You might be struggling to come up with a big bag of Skittles and a glass of beetroot juice, but that’s the answer!
It’s been part of the 26-year-old’s pre-fight routine since he was an amateur and he has no intention of changing it now.
Nor does he intend to change allowing partner Leah to kiss his fists when he has had them wrapped before putting on his gloves.
Nurse, who trains under dad Chris Aston at Linthwaite’s Northern Fitness Gym, makes a second defence of his British light-welterweight title against Hull’s Tommy Coyle at Leeds Arena on Saturday night.
He is now in the final throes of his best ever training camp and aiming to add the scalp of Coyle to those of Chris Jenkins and Willie Limond on the big Sky TV bill.
“As an amateur I always had Skittles before a fight and I’ve carried it all the way through to now,” said Nurse, who took delivery of a Nissan Juke on Monday for Leah and baby daughter Penelope.
“A big bag of Skittles as well, that’s what I’m talking about, and they’ll be the last thing I eat.
“I also drink beetroot juice, because it’s supposed to double your oxygen and all that jazz – lots of benefits.”
The NHS do trumpet beetroot juice as a healthy food, but stop short of calling it a ‘superfood’.
They report: “Beetroot is a good source of iron and folate (naturally occurring folic acid).
“It also contains nitrates, betaine, magnesium and other antioxidants (notably betacyanin).
“More recent health claims suggest beetroot can help lower blood pressure, boost exercise performance and prevent dementia.”
Nurse is happy just to drink it and, as for the Skittles, he just likes them!
A public workout in Leeds has been the latest element of Nurse’s build-up, to add to sparring sessions with Spanish fighter Nicolas Gonzalez and Barnsley’s Andy Townend, who will fight Martin Ward for the vacant British super-featherweight title in London in September.
“We’ve had a good build-up and then it’s all about taking it into fight night, with the press conferences to come on Thursday,” added Nurse.
“I’m not looking at the odds or being the favourite, I just know I am ready to go and ready to defend a belt which means the world to me.
“You never imagine you might have the chance to win a Lonsdale Belt and this one has got only my name on it.
“With three notches on there (after a win against Coyle) I would just need the one more (to win the belt outright).”