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Moments after beating the world deadlift record, Games of Thrones’ Hafthor Bjornsson called out Eddie Hall for a boxing match. Now, the Brit has agreed.
The two former World’s Strongest Men have been feuding ever since Hall’s win in 2017, when Thor accused Hall of being a ‘cheat’. The Icelander would return to the competition the next year and claim victory himself – nevertheless, their rivalry has raged on.
Following Thor’s 501kg deadlift yesterday, May 2, breaking Hall’s half-ton record in 2016, he called on the Brit to ‘put his fists where his big mouth is’ and take him on in the ring. Get hyped: it is on.
You can check out Hall’s response to Thor in the video below:
Thor, who played The Mountain in Game of Thrones, said after his lift: ‘Eddie, I just knocked out your record and now I’m ready to knock you out in the ring… time to put your fists where your big mouth is and sign the CORESPORTS contract!’
Hall took to Instagram to respond to Thor’s demands, while also congratulating him on the lift. ‘Well done to Hafthor Bjornsson today for lifting 501kg in his home gym. Genuinely, that has got my respect. From me to you Thor, big well done – I know what it takes,’ he said.
Later focusing on the boxing match, Hall said he’s ‘1000% going to sign those papers’, so he can ‘teach Thor a lesson’ for calling him a cheat at World’s Strongest Man 2017, which he’s never apologised for. ‘That lesson is going to be me knocking you the f*ck out,’ he said.
Like I did with the World’s Strongest Man, I’m always against the odds, I’ve always been the short guy or the most un-athletic guy… and I proved everybody wrong. Like I did with the World’s Strongest Man, I’m going to train the hardest, eat the hardest, sleep the hardest and recover the hardest.
I’m going to make sure I do everything in my power to step in that ring and rip your f*cking head off. So Thor, get training, I will see you in the ring in the future, and we’re going to get this on.
Hall had previously criticised Thor’s deadlift attempt for being outside the realm of competition, which is ordinarily required for setting a new record. ‘There’s no denying that and I’ll still shake your hand afterwards and say well done… if you do it under the appropriate conditions,’ he wrote on Instagram.
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‼️PRESS RELEASE ‼️ Firstly & most importantly, I would like to apologise for my comment in a live Youtube Q&A where I said I didn’t trust the Icelandics; LINK IN BIO↖️ a very poor choice of words when put on the spot. In reality this couldn’t be further from the truth, I was specifically referring to Thor & his entourage that accompany him to every competition. You’ll not see this from the public’s perspective or on TV, but their attitude & behaviour is generally intimidation & bullying if even the smallest thing doesn’t go Thor’s way. Talk about unsportsmanlike like and unprofessional behaviour, you’ve got it right here. • At WSM 2017 Thor would not accept a certain referees decision on a certain event (Swipe left). He called into disrepute the judging skills of a referee which was then looked at by 3 referees & the decision was given to the legend that is Magnus Ver Magnusson who stood his ground and has since been appointed head referee at WSM, but now Thor will take his word as golden to be the judge at his 501kg deadlift attempt, talk about hypocrisy? He’ll drag his name through mud or place it upon a pedestal to suit his objective. • Because of the malicious rumours Thor & his team started I’ve endured years of people questioning what is the crowning achievement of my career. Well guess what pal, you break my record in your home gym with a bunch of your pals, you’re going to get the same treatment. • Absolutely no legitimate sport would acknowledge World Records broken out of competition & you are undermining the very sport you are claiming to champion. • I genuinely look forward to having my record broken & seeing what is possible. I think you are probably the man to do it, there’s no denying that & I’ll still shake your hand afterwards and say well done… if you do it under the appropriate conditions. For the record I feel the same way about the other “records” that are being attempted, it just doesn’t feel right & there are 1000s of strength fans & athletes that feel the same way. • Break a record in a comp where other people can contest it & no one will have a negative word to say, including myself. #SetAnExample #BackUpYourBull 👈 Big Love THE BEAST
The lift itself almost looked easy. Afterwards, Thor told the World’s Ultimate Strongman presenters: ‘I could have done more… but what’s the point?’
There’s currently no date set for Hall vs Thor.
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