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Eddie Hall has spoken out in his first interview since agreeing to face 'The Mountain' from Game Of Thrones in a boxing match.
'The Mountain' whose real name is Hafthor Bjornsson, shocked the world on Saturday when he broke the world record for the heaviest ever deadlift, which was previously held by Hall.
Following the accomplishment, it was revealed that the duo will go face to face in a boxing match slated for September 2021.
Hall appeared on the True Geordie Podcast on Sunday before the official announcement to discuss the rivalry as well as Bjornsson breaking his record.
"Firstly, I want to say well done to Thor for pulling 501kg - regardless of where it was done and how it was done. I know what that takes," Hall began. "So from me to you Thor, I just want to say well done, regardless of any of the negativity around the situation."
However, Hall then went on to dispute the record due to the way it was completed.
Bjornsson completed the deadlift at his home gym in Iceland - something Hall believes other athletes would not do.
"Thor announcing that he was going to do it in his home gym was automatically a big question mark for me. I always look at other sports... Do you see Usain Bolt doing runs on his track and getting his mate to referee it and say that it's a world record?
"There was a person who ran a marathon in under two hours, but nobody said world record because it wasn't done in a proper marathon...If you want to break a world record, then you've got to do it in a competition."
Hall held the previous record of 500kg, with Bjornsson beating it by a single kilogram.
When discussing the boxing match, a defiant Hall said: "I think I've got a much better mental approach than him. I'm going to outwit him mentally - and I'm going to outwit him physically as well...If I'm confident, then you (Bjornsson) are f*****. If I'm confident in my head then you should f****** run.
"As long as I've got a good amount of time to train for this, I'll make sure I'm fit... I've done my little bits of boxing training. I will not gas... I'll be prepared to go the three minute rounds," Hall explained.
He then ended the interview with a strong statement of: "This is a message for Thor. I just want to say mate - actually you're not my mate - you're a pi**k!
"You started this, you genuinely started this.
"World's Strongest Man 2017, you called me a cheat. Forget the deadlift, forget our feud... You called me a cheat and I'm gonna correct that by knocking you the f**k out!"
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Featured Image Credit: True Geordie Podcast & PA Images
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