If there’s one sporting event that stands out on the calendar, it’s this Wednesday’s welterweight fight between Dennis Hogan and Tim Tszyu. Aside from the fact that it signals a return to sporting competition at a time where the global coronavirus continues to stalk much of the world, it will also see Hogan and Tszyu go head-to-head in a highly anticipated match-up. You’ve got Dennis the ‘Hurricane’ Hogan on one side, and Tszyu, a man 10 years Hogan’s junior who is simply trying to climb out of the shadow of his father, legendary boxing champ Kostya Tszyu.
It’s unclear just who will make it out alive – or at least with the more minimal scarring and bruises – but as far as Hogan is concerned, he’s not leaving anything to chance. In the lead up to the event, set to take place this Wednesday March 31 at 6pm AEDT, Hogan has been training hard and eating a paleo diet that sees his body treated like that of a temple. That said, it’s not about the diet for Hogan. Rather, it’s a lifestyle centred around working hard, committing himself to his passion, and doing all he can to ensure he achieves them.
In a recent interview with Body and Soul, the Irish-born Queenslander spoke at length about his paleo diet, saying it was an easy switch. Hogan explained, “I’ve been paleo for the best part of 10 years, and it’s going back to what we were eating before we had all this processed stuff to a time when we needed to hunt for ourselves, gather and collect. It’s all about meat, vegetables and nuts. It’s all about healthy foods.”
Hogan added that processed foods leave him feeling sluggish, “slow in the head, and my performances aren’t as good.” But as far as his training is concerned, he will detour from a strict paleo diet if need be. On days where he feels he needs a bit of starch, he eats some wild race and sweet potato for nutrition. “It’s not so much a diet now – it’s my lifestyle,” said Hogan.
As well as being paleo, Hogan also quit drinking around the same time. He credits visualisation as a huge component of his success. “It’s something I do every day,” he tells Body and Soul. “I have visualised being a world champ for a very long time, even when I’ve had my losses and it has not deterred me. Life is a vibration game and you bring about what you feel – I do at least 30 minutes a day.”
As for the fight, Hogan remains confident he’ll emerge victorious. “Tim has worked his way up from being the son of a legend Kosta – and then he beat a superhero in Jeff Horn, and now he’s stepping up against me – someone who has fought two world champion fights overseas – but I am winning this fight,” he said.
He told the publication, “I’ll get the job done inside the distance.” With the approach and dedication Hogan has shown this far, it goes without saying that we’re not doubting his resolve.