Hafthor Bjornsson courts Tyson Fury and Mike Tyson fights after Eddie Hall clash

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Mike Tyson or Tyson Fury would be a dream opponent for strongman-turned-boxer Thor Bjornsson.

The Icelandic giant has been training in the ring for months after taking up the sport as a way to lock horns with bitter strongman rival Eddie Hall.

The pair were due to face off in the ring in Dubai on September 18, but Hall pulled out five weeks before the fight after suffering a severe bicep injury in training.

Thor instead faced arm wrestling champion Devon Larratt, who stepped in at short notice.

The fight was waved off by the referee in the first round, as Bjornsson made use of his height and weight advantage to attack his opponent from the get-go.

He immediately called out Hall after the win, and is setting his sights on March 2022 as a provisional date for their rescheduled meeting in the ring.

Speaking to The Star, Thor said he sees himself having a future in boxing if he can improve enough and the Game of Thrones star name-checked Mike Tyson and Tyson Fury as two people he would be honoured to go up against.

"I've been asked if I would like to fight Mike Tyson or Tyson Fury – I would say yes to both," he said.

"Both are legends and have such a respect for me. I wouldn't say no, just for the opportunity.

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He stressed, though, that it is a very different desire to the one he has to knock out Hall, and that he would not seek out a rivalry with either of the boxing professionals out of respect.

Thor continued: "But I wouldn't call him out personally, like: 'Hey, Mike Tyson, me and you next'.

"He's older and he's a retired boxer, and I would want to fight someone active.

"But if Mike Tyson comes and says: "Hey Thor, I want to fight you," I wouldn't say no to that, come on. I have too much respect for the guy."

Bjornsson, a Reign Total Body Fuel ambassador, admitted he is "still a beginner in boxing", and was hesitant to plan too far ahead with his focus firmly on preparing to eventually step into the ring with Hall.

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His first fight "went very well" and he was effusive in his praise for those who have helped him to get to this point.

"Right now I'm really enjoying boxing," the 2018 World's Strongest Man champion said.

"I have a great coach, Billy Nelson, who is doing an amazing job fine-tuning my craft.

"And then I have a great sparring partner in Martin Bakole. That means a lot to me, to be able to spar with a guy of that calibre, because I will only get better for it.

"Yes, I'll get beaten in training – sometimes badly – but that's only going to make me better.

"I used to do the same thing in strongman – I used to compete against guys who were much better than I was, and that how I would improve and learn as well, because you learn from people who are better than you.

"I could not ask for a better team."

Hafthor Bjornsson is a Reign ambassador, he will fight Eddie Hall in March 2022.

  • Boxing
  • Mike Tyson
  • Tyson Fury

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