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Hafthor 'The Mountain' Bjornsson Posts First Official Sparring Footage, Claims He 'Almost KO'd' Opponent

Hafthor 'The Mountain' Bjornsson Posts First Official Sparring Footage, Claims He 'Almost KO'd' Opponent

Hafthor 'The Mountain' Bjornsson has uploaded footage of himself in sparring ahead of his highly-anticipated fight against fellow strongman Eddie Hall.

Bjornsson, who famously broke Hall's deadlift world record when he lifted 501kg [1,104 lbs] in Iceland at the start of May, will come up against his long-term rival in September 2021 at a boxing venue in Las Vegas.

It is a feud that has been ongoing for years, but things got especially heated this year when the Brit 'exposed' 'The Mountain' after Hall was accused of cheating at the 2017 World's Strongest Man competition.

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Both men have trained hard since the fight announcement was made.

It was revealed in August that Hall had gone from 196kg to 163kg in the space of a few months. Thor, meanwhile, managed to drop from 206kg to 188kg, shedding an impressive 40lbs in training.

In the past, Hall has shared footage of himself in sparring and now, after much debate surrounding the bout, Bjornsson is starting to showcase his boxing ability in a recent video on his YouTube channel.

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'The Mountain' claims to have 'almost' knocked out an opponent in the below clip. Thoughts on his technique?

Hall, who has pledged to "rip Thor's fu**ing head off" in the fight next year, is also familar with sparring.

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He shared the ring with professional boxers Hughie Fury and Scott Lawton, and showcased his skills during a 2012 charity boxing fight against Nik Wiggins.

The 32-year-old suffered defeat against his opponent but the Stoke-On-Trent born strongman displayed plenty of power in his shots.

You can watch footage from that charity bout below.

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Hall outlined the reasons behind wanting to fight Bjornsson in his expose video.

"It's not the money, it's not the deadlift feud we've got going on, nothing to do with that," he explained.

"It's because you called me a cheat at World's Strongest Man 2017. I can't put that to bed, I can't forget it. People may forget it, but you've never apologized.

"In your head, you think you should've won that year and you let people know that. I cannot have that. That's why I'm going to sign those papers - because I want to teach you a lesson. and that lesson is going to be me knocking you the f*ck out."

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Who do you think will win? Hall or Bjornsson?

Let us know in the comments.

Topics: Boxing News, Eddie Hall, Boxing

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.