- Michael Carruth
boxing champion, Michael Carruth, reckons he has already slipped two stone over
his fighting weight since his recent retirement from the fight game.
man who thrilled the nation by winning gold in Barcelona eight years ago is
now 33 and enjoying life away from the brutal training rituals that were a way
of life to him for almost 20 years.
wife Paula gave birth to a little boy, Karl, to join three-year-old
daughter, Leah. Carruth admits that family is now a priority over all else in
admits he has not been to the gym since quitting the cut-throat world of professional
boxing but is now planning on paring away the excess poundage.
reveals, "the pounds have been piling on since I quit the ring. I mean I'm a
triplet and my brothers Martin and William are much bigger than
me. Because of the years of endless training, I've effectively been restricting
my growth all my life.
now that I've stopped, I've got to watch myself. I could turn into a little
Billy Bunter very quickly if I wasn't careful."
has set himself a weight-loss target for between now and Christmas but admits
he has rejected Paula's suggestion that they attend Weight-watchers together
to get their figures back.
being arrogant" he says "I don't think theres anything they could tell
me about losing weight that I don't already know. I mean I've spent 20 years
of my life losing weight. I know the right way and the wrong way."
plans to return to the boxing gym, but strictly on his own terms. "It's not
going to be a chore" he argues. "I'll be going in there purely because I want
to. In the past, it was strictly a job. If you didn't put the hours in the gym,
you ran the risk of getting hurt.
I just want to get back into shape for my own self-respect more than anything."
enjoys his food but plans on cutting back on Chinese takeaways and late-night
snacking. He plans to exercise four days a week, be it jogging, skipping or
also intends eating more fruit and returning to the routine of water-intake
that served him so well during a career in the ring.
not going to get boring about it" he says. "I think you always have to be able
to break out now and again, otherwise it just wears you down. I'm actually looking
forward to this because for a change I'm going to be getting in
shape for me, not a fight promoter.
not exactly a big drinker but I think I might now cut out the beer for a while
too because nothing gives you a gut quicker. It shouldnt be much of a
hardship because I've actually acquired a taste for wine.
I've got to do something. Otherwise I'll end up looking like my brothers!"
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