Former World’s Strongest Man Eddie Hall has had to postpone his boxing bout with old foe Hafthor Bjornsson after detaching he bicep in training.
The Stoke-on-Trent sports star sustained the injury while throwing a left hook in sparring.
Built as the ‘heaviest boxing match in history’, the contest was due to take place on September 18 in Florida at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville.
But now his debut in the boxing ring will likely not take place until March.
Hall has since had his left bicep reattached and can now move him arm again. He said that the injury may have partially been incurred during his World Strongest Man days.
The Staffordshire man was awake during his surgery to repair the damaged bicep, which had ‘curled up’ seven centimetres.
But he is not giving up on the fight. He said he is still keen to face off against Bjornsson and is “looking forward to ripping Thor’s face off.”
In a video on his Instagram, the 33-year-old said: “Little bit of bad news. On Monday I threw a bit of a lazy left hook in training and detached my bicep.
“Good news is I had the surgery on Thursday, it was a complete success. The bicep’s reattached – I’m able to move it already, even after two days.
“Bad news is the fight is going to have to be delayed, it won’t be going ahead on September 18.
“I’m doing everything I can to recover as quickly as I can and I’m looking forward to getting back to training. I’m most looking forward to ripping Thor’s face off.”
Hall plans to start training again within a fortnight before stepping back into the boxing gym in six weeks’ time.
Bjornsson sends Hall warning shot
Hall and Bjornsson have a long-running feud stretching back to 2017.
The 6ft 9’ Icelandic giant – who played Gregor ‘the Mountain’ Clegane in hit TV show Game of Thrones – disputed Hall’s World’s Strongest Man’s title triumph of four years ago.
He claimed that officials did not count one of his reps in the Viking press event, before Hall went on to seize to crown.
There has been no love lost between the pair since and this fight has been long in the planning.
Bjornsson took to social media to react to the news of Hall’s injury, saying: “Super disappointed but this is not in my hands.
“Next up is finding a new opponent so I can fight in September.
“I’m taking this extremely serious and I’ll be even more prepared. When Eddie is ready, I’ll be waiting.”
Bjornsson won Iceland’s Strongest Man every year from 2011 to 2020 while Hall was the unbeaten UK champion between 2011 and 2016.
He also won every Britain’s Strongest Man title between 2014 and 2018.
Bjornsson broke the world deadlift record in May 2020, hauling 501kg and breaking Hall’s 500kg record in the process.
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