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Hall, who pledged to "rip Thor's fu**ing head off" in the fight, started the more aggressive inside the 5,000 capacity Duty Free Tennis Stadium in Dubai, and looked to be in a strong position after rounds one and two.
But the Icelandic giant gained some momentum in the latter rounds, dropping his opponent twice on his way to victory by unanimous decision.
This clash of the titans between Thor Björnsson and Eddie Hall did not disappoint, with the Icelandic Strongman pulling off a unanimous decision against the British-born World Strongest Man winner. Both men are champions, two once in a lifetime athletes. 🔥 #ThorVsEddie pic.twitter.com/7mq2oNDDqB— Richie Vargas (@RichieRich93_) March 19, 2022
Thor certainly gained the upper hand in rounds three, four and five. And this beautiful left cross to send Hall to the canvas in round three was perhaps the best shot of Saturday's bout.
One fan wrote: "I just watched Tom, Paddy & Molly win in the UFC and THIS was my favourite moment," while another said: "Beautiful left cross to be fair. Thor was the much better boxer."
A third commented: "Thor looked like a boxer. He was much better prepared. Reach was a big problem."
All three judges scored Bjornsson the winner 57-54 and he deseverdly claimed a championship belt. After the bout, the Icelandic strongman and actor opened up on his victory.
"It feels amazing," Thor said in his post-fight interview. "I've been working my a** off for two years.
"I want to thank my coach - I could be talking forever, my dad, my mum, my whole family, everyone behind me. I want to thank my fans, my sponsors, everyone who has supported me. I'm over the moon, I'm very happy."
Some post match words from Thor Björnsson, interested to see if there is indeed a rematch somewhere down the line, a bit disappointed we didn’t hear from Eddie Hall but I’m sure he’ll follow up in future interviews. Kudos to both men for a fun Super-heavyweight bout. #ThorVsEddie pic.twitter.com/Rt7CSH4L9O— Richie Vargas (@RichieRich93_) March 19, 2022
Despite their issues, the duo embraced in the ring as the former Game of Thrones star celebrated his victory. But moments later, Hall snubbed a potential interview and quickly headed to the dressing room.
"Understandably, he seemed a bit angry still, he lost the fight so that's understandable," Thor added.
"There are a lot of feelings going on right now, I've been there, so I'm happy, if he wants a rematch I'll take a rematch no problem.
"I would like to thank Eddie, his team, for putting up a hell of a show. He gave me a hell of a battle, hit me with some heavy shots at the beginning of the rounds.
"I've never been dropped in training so hat's off to him, he can punch hard, he wasn't lying when he said that. Today, I feel that technique won."
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