Hafthor Bjornsson has finally made his own prediction as to what the outcome will be in his boxing match against Eddie Hall next September in Las Vegas, Nevada. “The Mountain” foresees his arm being raised after knocking out Hall in the first or second round. Previously, Hall predicted a first round knockout of his own, citing superior speed giving him the edge against the taller Bjornsson.
Little message to Thor: you better be working hard, boy, cause I am going to slap you f***ing silly, and you know it!
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“The Mountain” did not respond at first as he was still training strongman to secure his tenth consecutive victory as Iceland’s Strongest Man — which he did. With the 2018 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) champion now officially retired from strongman, he shifted his focus to be entirely on his bout against the 2017 WSM champion.
In a video on his YouTube channel, Bjornsson gave a behind the scenes look at his boxing training with undefeated heavyweight Kolbeinn “The Ice Bear” Kristinsson and one of Iceland’s top boxing coaches. After a footwork session in the ring and some time hitting the heavy bag, Bjornsson discussed his significant weight loss (he is now under 400lb), and how he plans to knock out Hall in the first two rounds.
Check it the entire video for yourself below.
Note: Bjornsson’s prediction starts at 4:42.
Bjornsson took the opportunity to address discussion he has seen online about how he will not have the conditioning and will “gas out in the first round”. He pointed out that he has over a year of dedicated training left to get in the best shape of his life for this event and that he will do just that.
I’m going to last, if I need, all of the rounds.
He continued by saying that that will likely be unnecessary and decided to dish some trash talk back at “The Beast”:
I’m probably going to knock the fat guy out in round one or two. That’s my prediction. But I’m ready to go to the end if that’s the case.
This is very unlikely to be the last time either man calls their shot in “The Heaviest Boxing Match In History”. With both men having predicted first round knockouts against each other, expect to see both of them come out swinging when they main event next year.
Feature image from Hafthor Bjornsson’s YouTube channel.