Hafthor Bjornsson won boxing’s heaviest fight by unanimous decision against Eddie Hall.
The former world’s strongest men – who weighed a combined 47 stone – finally got to settle their rivalry in Dubai in a six round exhibition bout that ebbed and flowed.
British strongman Hall came out flying as he connected with Thor with a flurry of early efforts, capitalizing on a crowd that was clearly backing him.
Hall then knocked down his larger opponent, sending him into the ropes in round two, before Thor – aka The Mountain from Game of Thrones – hit the deck again as he struggled for balance throughout.
The closest the fight came to a knockout was in round three, though, when Hall was left looking up from the canvas following a brutal one-two combo.
Sensing the clash may have been slipping away from him, Hall came out swinging in the sixth and final round, but was again sent to the floor.
Thor was declared the winner by unanimous decision, with all three judges scoring it 57-54.
The victor said: “I’d like to thank Eddie Hall and his team for putting up a hell of a show, he gave me a hell of a battle.
“I’ve never been dropped in training, so hats off to him. He really can punch. He wasn’t lying! But today, I feel technical won.”
Thor added there coud now be a rematch with Hall upset at losing the grudge fight.
He said “Understandably he seemed a bit angry still. He lost the fight so it’s understandable as well.
“But I’m happy, if he wants the rematch I’ll take a rematch no problem. Would you guys like to see a rematch?”
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The pair of famous strongmen built up a solid rivalry over the past five years which ultimately ended in the ring.
The two first contended against each other in 2017 when Hall was crowned world’s strongest man ahead of his Icelandic rival but things soon got nasty.
Thor accused Hall of cheating during one lift, claiming he had been robbed on the podium.
Hall later released a video which he believed showed Thor’s accusations were unfounded, and took aim at his defeated opponent.
“Hafthor Bjornsson and his entourage have been smearing my title and the referee Colin Bryce’s reputation for the last three years,” Hall said.
“Because he was the Mountain from Game of Thrones, a huge TV star, people listened and people believed him.
“I’ve had enough of the doubters saying he was robbed and how hard done by he was.
“So today, I came across a video that ends all the smack talk and silences the doubters.
“This video stopped me in my tracks for how desperate a man can be when things don’t go his way.
“It’s time for the truth to be told, for the picture to do the talking.
“Hafthor Bjornsson, you and your yes men should be ashamed of yourselves.”
Thor went on to make up for his loss by winning the competition the following year, but things were far from settled with their rivalry continuing outside of the competition.
Thor beat Hall’s 500kg deadlift record in 2020 by 1kg, but Hall contested that it wasn’t a real record as the lift was conducted in a home gym.
Their war of words continued and later resulted in a challenge to take things to the ring which Hall accepted.
The match was meant to take place back in September 2021, but anticipation was further ramped up for March 2022’s clash when the original date was put on hold due to a Hall injury.
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