Selby enlists services of Cafe Pure to prepare for world title tilt

Selby enlists services of Cafe Pure to prepare for world title tilt

‘Sugar’ Lee Selby (20-1, 8KO) has enlisted the services of a specialist food company based in Cardiff Bay to prepare for his world title attempt. Cafe Pure, which can be found on Lloyd-George Avenue in the capital, are providing Selby with an extensive diet plan that will help the 28-year-old make weight for his challenge against IBF champion Evgeny Gradovich (19-0-1, 9KO) on 30 May. Standing at a total of 5ft and 8 inches, Selby will own a size advantage over his undefeated Russian opponent at London’s O2 Arena but having to weigh 9st (126lbs) or below presents obvious challenges for the Welshman. Ben Scott, the General Manager of Café Pure, has 15 years experience in the hotel and restaurant trade. He said: “Lee Selby, he hasn’t got a dietician or anyone to write the meals for us. So, he just gave us his training plan and we did it around that. Lee has carbs before training and then after training, we build him up with protein. “We also did the meals for Cardiff City goalkeeper David Marshall and that was 3,000 calories a day. Lee Selby is in [Las] Vegas for the fight [Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao] but when he’s back, he’ll be on 1,200 calories. “So, he is very tight with the amount of calories he can have. It’s limited, so we have to make sure that the carb levels are right and there’s no fats or salts in his food.” The task for Cafe Pure is to provide Selby with a diet plan that reduces his intake of carbohydrates but still provide meals that supply enough energy for the strenuous demands of training three times a day. Scott said: “We design the diet around people’s needs. So, if someone’s in to bodybuilding, we’ll do a plan for them with a lot of mass. If someone wants to lose weight then we alter their calories. “That’s where the boxers came in. It’s such a struggle for them to get down to weight and our meal plans suit them perfectly. Each day we make a meal plan which consists of breakfast, lunch and dinner, juices and snacks. We deliver that to people’s doors then. “We try and make it as easy as possible, so we try and run it for them. With all the training they’ve got to do, we try and take one stressful element of it away. They don’t have to worry about the food and that’s such a big major part of a boxer’s preparation.” Lee SelbySelby, a featherweight, is remarkably large for the weight category and in the past, he’s been aided by the day before weigh-in. However, the rules of the governing body [IBF] who will sanction the fight state that a boxer may not gain more than 10lbs between the first weigh-in and a second weigh-in on the morning of the event, to be held between 8:00am and 10:00am. Speaking of that important refueling period, Scott said: “Quite a lot of their [boxer’s] intake is water, they take a lot of water on board after the weigh-in and quite a lot of carbs. “We provide boxers with a lot of carbs at that point and the boxer can consume as much as he wants to, to get his weight up after the weigh-in. I’ve always been a fan of boxing but I was surprised how much weight a boxer can put on in that time. In that 24 hours, it can be up to a stone [14lbs].” Another boxer who Cafe Pure works with is Commonwealth light-middleweight champion Liam Williams (12-0-1, 7KO) of Clydach Vale and they’re eager to grow the amount of boxers on their client list. Scott said: “Liam Williams, who is at Gary Lockett’s gym, they’ve got their own dietician. So, they write the plan for us and we cook the food. With Liam, it saves him so much time because he was preparing his own food and we do all of that for him. “We want to provide a healthy place for people to eat in Cardiff, mainly for people based around people who go to a gym. It’s grown and grown, especially with our meal plans, which is the big thing at the moment. We deliver healthy food to people to their door five days a week.” Sky Sports Box Office will show ‘Rule Britannia’ exclusively live this Saturday. Buy now at www.skysports.com/brookgavin

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