And at breakfast, having had his order of home fries and the butter on his pancakes vetoed, Holyfield told Hallmark, "You'd better take out some stock in Burger King, because when I get back to Atlanta, I'm going to spend a whole week on burgers."
For Qawi I, Hallmark's goal was simply to get Holyfield through 15 rounds. For Qawi II, he had gone much further, developing an entirely new plan he calls Sensation Training, a re-creation in the gym, he says, of the intensity of a title fight. "I don't think anybody else is doing this," Hallmark says. "I don't think that you will find this in any book. I've put in a circuit weight-training program so that Evander is stronger, can get off with more power. He'll throw a hard uppercut or a jab, the same jab as he had before, but it will have much more pressure through the maximum muscular contractions.
"Also, through the way he is being conditioned now, Evander is learning psychologically to deal with the pain he is going to meet. Every sport involves an aerobic threshold of pain. If an athlete has never been there, then it's very hard to expect him to pass it in actual competition. I am trying to simulate both the physical and emotional sides of what Evander has to go through, so that if he's hung up in a corner and he's fatigued, he knows how to concentrate on getting out. He knows what to expect; he's been there before. If he's tired in the eighth, he knows he can snap back. He knows how to go into a complete recovery between rounds through breathing techniques."
Holyfield defeated Qawi so handily on Saturday—Qawi sent word to the postfight press conference that the fight was likely his last—that it was difficult to judge the success of the Hallmark technique. But the new target is, of course, Holyfield versus Tyson before the end of 1988.
"This I can do," says Hallmark. "It may take eight months, 10 months, even a year. But I can have him in top shape at his optimum weight, which is 210 or 215 pounds. Heavier than that, we would be sacrificing speed and agility. We'll get there by basic conditioning plus a strength program—the putting on of muscle mass—and by diet, which does not mean the massive ingestion of steaks and pasta."
That sort of stuff has gone out the window with the heavy bag and the dawn roadwork. Hallmark is talking broiled fish and skinless chicken, one to three cans a day (at 360 calories a can) of Exceed, plus 920 calories daily of fluid carbohydrates—altogether up to twice as much as Holyfield's usual caloric intake. And there will be a whole pharmacy of capsules: amino acids for protein, vitamins, minerals, capsules for tendons, ligaments, cartilage.
Hallmark's eyes gleam. "This is a fierce program," he says. "It isn't just a weight gain, it's a body transition. I'm responsible for 80% of his progress from now on. He'll spend virtually the whole year in Houston. Six weeks with me, four days home leave, that sort of thing."
Praise the Lord and pass the carbohydrates. Tyson had better lose no time in finding his own yuppie gym.