By Michael Lieberman: WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KO’s) says that he likes to eat raw meat from animals such as large moose, and he feel that by eating the meat, it makes him strong.
Provodnikov has a title defense against Chris Algieri (19-0, 8 KO’s) this Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Provodnikov, 30, says he hasn’t been eating any moose liver during training camp for this fight.
“I know suffering. I grew up in it,” said Provodnikov. “All we had to eat was what grew from the soil – anything that grew from the soil – and raw fish and moose. I still eat raw moose liver. It makes me strong.”
The idea of Provodnikov eating raw moose liver has some boxing fans wondering whether he needs a dietician to step in and take over the planning of his meals, because it’s potentially a risky thing to eat any kind of raw animal product, even though he may have gotten away with it in the past.
“I don’t eat anything raw during training camp, but it is cultural for us to eat raw moose liver,” Provodnikov said to the Boxing Channel.
Provodnikov grew up in Russian in Siberia, and it appears the eating of raw moose liver is something they do where he grew up. However, in asking a Russian citizen from Moscow if Russians eat moose liver, he says he’d never heard of a practice ever. He says that Russians would never eat raw moose liver. As such, it would seem the eating of moose liver is something that is isolated to where Provodnikov grew up in Sibera.
Provodnikov’s trainer Freddie Roach said “This is the first time Ruslan has had a nutritionist in training camp. Algieri has a degree in nutrition and claims to be on a healthy diet. We’ll see how well he digests the rights and lefts Ruslan serves him on Saturday.”
Algieri has a bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook College, and a masters from MIT.