By Chris King • 20 March 2022 • 0:16
Two of the world’s strongest men went head to head this evening, Saturday, March 19, in Dubai’s Duty Free Tennis Stadium. Iceland’s Hafthor Bjornsson, better known as ‘Thor’, ran out victorious over his British opponent Eddie Hall.
This was a real grudge match, with both strongmen ending up on the canvas at least once each during the six-round exhibition fight. At a combined weight of 47 stone, the two titans amazed the capacity crowd by completing the contest both still on their feet.
At the final bell, Bjornsson – was the man who earned the unanimous decision from the three judges, scoring the contest 57-54 his favour. Thor of course, with his hulking 6ft 9in frame, found television fame playing the part of ‘The Mountain‘ in the HBO series ‘Game Of Thrones‘.
With the first real punch of the fight, Hall, fighting as a southpaw, started in explosive form, and rocked Thor with a massive right hook blow. This set the scene for a very exciting first round. Towards the end of the round, the Icelander threw a left-handed punch that left the Brit with a cut over his right eye.
The second round began with Hall again on the offensive. Bjornsson took a standing eight count after a gigantic right-hander from Hall crashed him against the ropes. Thor was on the canvas shortly after, but the referee judged it to be a slip.
With Thor needing to do something special, a sudden massive left saw Hall sent sprawling onto the canvas in the third round. The Brit was soon back on his feet but appeared to have had the wind knocked out of his sails. By the end of the fourth round, the Icelandic giant was using his huge jab to maximum effect.
Round five saw Hall struggling to land his blows, and Thor menacingly had his man on the ropes a number of times. It looked to be turning in his favour as Hall was kept pinned down by some huge blows from Thor’s left hand.
In the sixth and final round, Bjornsson delivered an explosive left hook that put the British strongman on the canvas again. Nobody could say these two gigantic men didn’t give it their all, but the bragging rights were going home to Iceland on this occasion.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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