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"I lost seven stone running half marathons twice a week after boxing ban"

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Liam Cameron lost a whopping seven stone by running 26 miles every week during his four-year boxing ban.

Cameron, 33, was slapped with a lengthy ban by the British Boxing Board of Control after a cocaine metabolite was found in his system in 2018. The Sheffield fighter knew he needed to turn his life after drinking a bottle of vodka a day and tipping the scale at 20-stone after retiring from boxing at the start of 2020.

"I was doing half marathons twice a week, just enjoying running," Cameron told Mirror Fighting. "I ended up running 100 miles with my friend, it absolutely killed me. It was horrible, but the weight just flew off of me after running. I was losing weight quite quickly." Cameron's 100-mile run was to raise money for his late step-daughter Tiegan, who tragically passed away in a road accident.

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Cameron knew his life was going down a dangerous path because of his booze habit and felt embarrassed by his situation. "I used to sip pure vodka, I don't think there's many calories in that. I used to have a bottle a day, it was disgraceful. I used to do stupid stuff and it was horrible to think what I was doing," he added.

"Possibly, what happens to you shapes you doesn't it? I don't know, but it's something that I never thought could happen to me." Cameron weighed 20 stone at his heaviest but is now boxing at just over 12 stone ahead of his fight against Lyndon Arthur in Bolton tonight on Channel 5.

Cameron has won three fights since returning to the sport last year and is ready for a big step up in competition against Arthur, who lost out to light-heavyweight world champion Dmitry Bivol in his last outing. "I just can't look past this, it's not really something I can do. I would be stupid to do that," he added.

"You've got to be brave what I've done in nine months of fighting since my comeback. They say Lyndon is world level but I've got to that in nine months from having five years out, so I'm proud of myself." Arthur vs Cameron takes place tonight, live and free on Channel 5, at 10pm.

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