As part of his training for his upcoming fight against Badou Jack, Anthony Dirrell finds it necessary to do nothing but chill out once a week.
The power-packing 168-pound champion does that by stepping into a cryotherapy chamber twice a week at the Health-Fit XPE Sports Recovery Center in Boca Raton, Florida, to help “refresh my body and to get back to normal.”
Wearing only shorts, gloves and socks to prevent frostbite, Dirrell braves whole-body cryotherapy as a substitute for the traditional ice bath, entering a chamber in which the temperature drops to minus 150 degrees Celsius.
"You're just there for three minutes, and I think it's great. It just gets the soreness out and rejuvenates your body. You really need to take care of your body in this sport, because it's just always getting hit and tossed around a little bit," Dirrell said.
"I do it early in the morning, and I really like it. I do it every week just to refresh my body and to get back to normal. It's good for me. It's better than sitting in ice for 20 minutes."
Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs) is in Florida preparing to defend his 168-pound world championship against Jack (18-1-1, 12 KOs) at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion on April 24. The fight will be broadcast live on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET.