Eddie Hall explains origin of long-running feud with Thor Bjornsson ahead of boxing grudge match

Former World’s Strongest Man Eddie Hall has opened up about his long-running feud with arch-rival Hafthor ‘Thor’ Bjornsson ahead of their long-awaited boxing grudge match.

Clayton’s colossus will meet 6ft 9in Game of Thrones star Thor in the ring in Dubai on March 19 – six months after a bicep injury forced him to cancel.

Dubbed the ‘heaviest match in boxing history’, the duo were in a bitter war of words even before the fight was announced.

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In fact, their heated rivalry dates back years when the pair competed in the 2017 World’s Strongest Man competition.

“To be honest, I just want to hit this guy, hit him again, and then get him out of my headspace,” Eddie told Muscle and Health.

Eddie Hall and Hafthor ‘Thor’ Bjornsson prepare for heaviest match in boxing history

“I just spent too much time wanting to hurt this man and I just have to move on. He wronged me in 2017, he put a dark cloud over me for several years. I just want to put that to lie down and go on with my life.”

During the “Viking press” event, Thor completed 15 reps but was deducted from one of them after the referee ruled he performed an illegal move.

“We want to hurt, well, I want to hurt him. This is a serious fight. In fact, we really hate each other,” Eddie added.

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After Thor was deducted from a rehearsal on the Viking press lift, Eddie would win the competition and retire from the strongman completely.

Thor would fulfill his dream of winning the competition in 2018 after placing third or second for six straight years.

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Four years after Eddie set a world deadlift record of 500kg, Thor surpassed his rival by lifting 501kg in his home gym.

“He went and did some home gym hero lifting b******* trying to break my deadlift world record,” Eddie said. “If he beat me, the fact that he was only 1kg heavier is irrelevant, but I just can’t understand how he can think his attempt can be legitimate.

“Who checked the plates? His father weighed the plates! It all stinks to me.

“In other words, if I pulled 500 pounds four years ago in my home gym and my own dad weighed the plates, every person would smell like the **** bull.

Game of Thrones star Hafþór Björnsson shows off his physique ahead of the titanic competition.

“The only reason Thor won World’s Strongest Man is because I retired – so he’s welcome. He’s welcome that I’m retired. He has lucky I retired, otherwise he would never have won the title of strongest man in the world.”

For his part, Thor – who played The Mountain in Games of Thrones – promised to knock Eddie out.

In a message to Eddie last year, he said: “If you don’t take this seriously I’m going to knock you out in the first round.

“You say you train hard. Brother, from what I’ve seen, it doesn’t look good.

“The fight against Eddie will be six rounds. I promise I’ll be in the best shape of my life come September and knock him out.

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