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Hafthor Bjornsson vows to ‘knock Eddie Hall out’ as strongman and Game of Thrones actor drops Ward in boxing exhibition

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HAFTHOR BJORNSSON has vowed to knock out Eddie Hall after making his boxing debut against Steven Ward.

The Icelandic strongman, 31, gave a good showing in his exhibition clash with the Northern Irishman on Friday in Dubai.

Bjornsson showed some decent footwork, movement and jabbing technique against Ward, and even dropped the pro boxer on one occasion.

But the three-round fight, with each lasting three minutes, ended in a stalemate.

And speaking afterwards, the 2018 World’s Strongest Man winner declared he will KO British rival Hall when the duo collide in Las Vegas later this year.

Bjornsson, who also holds the world-record deadlift at 501kg, said: “I have huge respect for this sport, this is just the beginning.

“I will be in the best shape of my life in September this year and I will knock Eddie Hall out.”

Meanwhile, Ward was full of praise for his much bigger opponent.

Ward said: “What a night. The exhibition is over and big Thor hits like a horse.

“But it was great. It was quite exciting, it was a great set-up and it was class having a crowd finally back watching boxing. I never expected Thor to be that fit.”

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All eyes will now be on Hall, another former World’s Strongest Man winner and the first person in history deadlift half a ton.

He has made no secret of his disdain for Game of Thrones star Bjornsson, saying: “We absolute f***ing despise each other beyond belief. If he was on fire I wouldn’t p*** on him.

“The hatred is 100 per cent real. If I saw Thor face-to-face it would take a lot for me not to punch him in the face.”

Game of Thrones star Hafthor Bjornsson weighs in more than nine stone heavier than boxing rival Steven Ward

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