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Hafthor Bjornsson - formerly known as ‘The Mountain’ - will enter the ring this weekend after months of intense training. Here’s everything you need to know.
The former strongman has put all of his efforts into preparing for this bout, which he pledged the commitment to a year ago now.
However, things didn’t quite go as planned as he was due to fight with fellow former World’s Strongest Man champ, Eddie Hall, who suffered a ruptured bicep during training. A fight with this pairing will go ahead at a later date, sometime in 2022, when Hall has recovered.
The boxing match takes place on Saturday 18th September in Dubai, with the event starting at 6pm (BST) and the main event scheduled for 9pm (BST).
It’s slated to be a six-round fight, with each round lasting three minutes.
The event, including Bjornsson vs Devon, is being shown live on online streaming site Core Sports in the UK at a PPV rate of $9.99 (£7.26).
Hafthor Bjornsson is the 1/2 favourite to win, with Eddie Hall not far behind in the betting and priced at 21/20 to come away with the victory. A draw is priced at 12/1.
But what does Thor’s original opponent think?
Speaking to TalkSport, Hall thinks Larratt, despite the short notice for the fight and his lack of boxing training, could still thrash Bjornsson.
“I think Devon has had a lot more fights in his life. I’ve met him, spoke to him and trained with him. I think he’s used to that environment and that pressure of being in front of crowds with the arm wrestling stuff,” he said.
“The first thing that sprung to mind was that Devon has done zero boxing training for at least the last 15 years.
“He’s done nothing but arm wrestling but has got six weeks notice, maybe less.
“I think Devon could batter him, I really do.
“With boxing, you’ve got to be fit or you’re f****d. That’s the only thing that is going to let him down. He will have the aggression, he’s gone to the same gym as Georges St-Pierre, he’s moved in above there for the next six weeks.
“You are not going to learn that much in six weeks and you are not going to pick up much fitness in six weeks. He’s got two big downfalls there.
“Devon can take a hit and he can give a hit. Is he going to beat Thor? Big question mark that is.”
So once again, that’s Saturday 18th September at 6pm BST for the clash between Bjornsson and Laratt.
Odds are correct at the time of publication and are, as always, subject to change.
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