Hafthor Björnsson defeats Eddie Hall in a boxing match


The heaviest boxing match in history between former strongmen Eddie Hall and Hafthor Björnsson is over. After two years of training and talking, Björnsson emerges victorious. The fight was scheduled for six rounds in the “Titan” weight class – both men weighed over 300 pounds. The two former strongmen have been feuding since the 2017 World’s Strongest Man competition, when Björnsson challenged Hall’s victory.

As the match unfolded at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium in the United Arab Emirates, the crowd loudly favored Hall for much of the fight. The two giant fighters came out swinging, but eventually settled down. Björnsson used his size and experience to his advantage, coming across as a much more technical fighter, and opened a cut to Hall’s face in the first round. But Hall was no slouch – he landed the first big punches of the match, and his power clearly kept Björnsson at bay.

One thing was clear: it wasn’t just a cash grab. Hall and Björnsson looked like competent boxers. The fighters spent much of the fight looking for a knockout blow – while Björnsson occasionally sprayed Hall with his jab, neither fighter looked to shoot the other’s body. Björnsson appeared to be in the lead going into the final round and put Hall on the canvas with just over two minutes left.

After the final bell, Hall held out his fist for Björnsson to tap, and Björnsson responded in kind. While the build-up to the fight chronicled their bitter feud, the pair seemed to respect each other — and the work they both undertook to morph into entirely different types of athletes — within the ring.

After all the buildup and a surprisingly even match, Björnsson emerged victorious, winning the unanimous decision. He and Hall posed for a photo together and clearly showed respect.

When asked if the feud was behind him after the fight, Björnsson said he felt fine, but understood if Hall was still upset after the loss. One thing he did say, however, is that he was open for a rematch.

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