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World’s Strongest Men Eddie Hall and Hafþór Björnsson set for 2021 boxing match

Björnsson recently broke Hall’s deadlift world record

Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

In what’s being billed as “The Heaviest Boxing Match in History,” former World’s Strongest Men Eddie Hall and Hafþór Björnsson will settle their differences in the ring in September of next year.

Björnsson, best known as “Game of Thrones’” Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane, recently broke Hall’s deadlift world record with a mind-boggling 501 kg (1,104 lbs.) lift, and the two have been beefing over that since last month. Both have the tiniest smidgen of combat sports training; Björnsson’s done some sparring, notably with Conor McGregor, and Hall, who’s sparred Hughie Fury in the past, had a charity boxing match back in 2012.

This wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen strongmen try their hands at combat sports. Most notably, five-time World’s Strongest Man Mariusz “Pudzilla” Pudzianowski put together a serviceable MMA career, as did former Britain’s Strongest Man Oli Thompson.

If both men take this seriously, it could be a fun little brawl, but things will get dire if it goes past one round. As we saw in Pudzianowski’s early career before he made the necessary adjustments, strongmen’s bodies aren’t built for cardio.

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