British strongman explains the roots of the dispute as Thor Bjornsson vs Eddie Hall rumbles toward an unorthodox boxing showdown in 2021
The most surprising scheduled boxing match to gain traction during the shutdown period has to be Thor Bjornsson vs Eddie Hall aka The Mountain vs The Beast. A feud between elite strongmen which has rumbled on for years will now be settled, draw aside, in a boxing ring next year. The Las Vegas contest, set for September 2021, will pit the 6ft 3in Brit against the 6ft 7in Game of Thrones actor from Iceland. And while some have speculated their mutual antipathy stems from professional jealousy or Thor’s recent deadlift world record, previously held by Hall who disputes the new mark due to it not being achieved under competition conditions, the huge man from Newcastle-under-Lyme told us (full video below) it goes back much further than that.
"We were really good friends," Hall revealed. "He’s been round my house, we’ve had parties, been out for meals and on trips. Then World’s Strongest Man 2017, I bested him in that competition; I thrashed him to be accurate and he couldn’t take it. He came up with a load of excuses, that the referees were corrupt and they bent the rules, took away reps and that’s the only reason he didn’t win. Basically, by his words, calling me a cheat.
"For me it just put a black cloud over my win and our relationship. I’ve just never been able to let go. The main reason is he’s never apologised or retracted his statements. People say, ’Why are you doing this fight with Thor?’ It’s not the money and it’s nothing to do with this deadlift feud. What I can’t forget is he called me a cheat and it needs putting to bed, even if that is me making him suck the end of my fist."