Ben Whittaker

VEGAN boxer Cheavon Clarke has told promoters 'show me the money' before he cooks up a storm in the professional ranks.

The Team GB star got to the quarter-finals in the delayed Tokyo Olympics but was knocked out on a split-decision by Russian Muslim Gadzhimagomedov.

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The vegan diet of an Olympic heavyweight boxer Cheavon Clarke

Clarke was on the squad for five years and even acted as cook when his team-mates fancied a meatless meal.

And the Jamaican-born boxer revealed silver medallist Ben Whittaker and flyweight champion Galal Yafai were among his happy diners.

Clarke, 30, told SunSport: "When I cook, and the boys eat it in camp in Sheffield, they enjoy it, some of them can't taste the difference.

"I enjoyed it, for example Galal Yafai, Ben Whittaker, they're my good friends and they used to eat my food all the time.

"They'll all tell you, I used to cook for them all the time, even the coaches, I'd invite them over for food."

Clarke turned vegan in October 2018, a year before winning bronze at the European Games.

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Most boxers are told a rule of thumb would be to consume meals three hours before training.

But Clarke's super-speedy digestion means he can enjoy eating under an hour before heading to the gym.

He said: "For me, the benefits for myself are my digestion has improved a lot.

"For example I can cook up a meal, my favourite Birds Eye one is the Southern Fried Strips.

"I could whip something like that up, eat it and I'm able to go and train again within half an hour, 45 minutes.

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