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.
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It’s official. September 2021 in Las Vegas Nevada, the Mountain vs the Beast. The next year and a half of my career will be solely dedicated towards this fight. I can’t wait to have my family ringside as I throw down. I’m coming for you @eddiehallwsm @reignbodyfuel @coresportsworld #WhoWillReign
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.