5. Consider caffeine
ONE nutritional supplement that may be of use in the pre-fight phase is caffeine. Caffeine will potentially make the exercise during the fight feel easier than it really is, whilst providing you an extra, legal ‘buzz’. Caffeine should be consumed 30-40 minutes before the beginning of the bout with 3-5mg per kg of bodyweight being advised, i.e. for a 50kg fighter, 150mg of caffeine would be appropriate. If you choose to use caffeine pre-fight it should not be advised with younger fighters and you should also check with the rules of the relevant boxing organisation to determine if it can be used.
Finally, before implementing the above tips within your pre-fight nutritional strategy it is of upmost importance to try out which foods and the amount of these which work individually for you to ensure you can perform at your maximum capabilities. This should be trialled in training and manipulated accordingly for fight night.
Marc Fell BSc (hons), MSc