The former world’s strongest arm-wrestling winner, Thor Bjornsson, was scheduled to face his old strongman foe, Eddie Hall, in the coming month.
But the Brit had to withdraw from the match as a result of bicep surgery.
Hafthor Bjornsson will now fight arm-wrestling legend Devon Larratt next month in Dubai after his match with Eddie Hall was canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.
The Beast had to pull out after suffering a torn bicep. Keeping this in view, Bjornsson’s opponent and fight venue was changed. The previous match was planned in Florida between Bjornsson and Hall.
The Mountain will now take on Larratt, who is considered the top arm wrestler in North America. It will be a two-day event that will result in the super-heavyweight clash.
The pair are friendly, but Bjornsson has been training hard for this match event for over a year now.
Lennox Lewis is reportedly Larratt’s trainer for the match. He is helping him get in fight shape, although the Icelandic strongman will be a big favorite given the timeframe in which he can train.
“And it’s on,” Thor Bjornsson posted on Instagram. “Finally a fight confirmed for September 18th! Good luck, you’ll need it this time around!”
Larratt also posted through his own Instagram account showing his excitement and saying that he couldn’t turn down such a big event. The No Limits added, ”I have a hard time with the word no. Thanks to Thor and Core Sports for the opportunity. Five weeks for Lincoln hawk to become Rocky.”
The card will also include a fight between CrossFit stars Jacob Heppner and Josh Bridges, as well as 6-0-1 boxing prospect, Avril Mathie, and 1-0 Pro, Stefi Cohen in a fight that will likely be a fully authorized professional fight.
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The show must go on – believes management
The event was first planned to happen in Florida at Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville but after another spike in the COVID-19 virus, the promoters shifted the venue to UAE instead of the original venue.
In a statement, the fight promoters elaborated: “Due to concerns over the rising cases of COVID-19 sweeping the United States, it is with great sadness that we at CoreSports have to announce a change of location for Worlds Ultimate Strongman & Woman & Core Sports Fight Night.”
“The health and safety of our athletes, team, fans, and their respective families is our top priority and at the forefront of all our decisions made during these unprecedented and rapidly evolving times,” added the promoters.
The management was not ready to stop the game at any cost: “Sticking to our ‘show must go on’ ethos, the decision has been made to go ahead with both events as originally scheduled on the 17th and 18th September with the new location being the United Arab Emirates along with a wider global digital and TV broadcast.”
The new venue and ticketing information will soon be announced over the coming days.
Thor Bjornsson is all geared up for the big fight
It is reported that Thor Bjornsson has been training intensely for the fight, even multiple times a day, dropping 50 lbs, and preparing by having bouts with Steven Ward and Simon Vallely.
The Icelandic professional strongman is very much ready to fight. Some say this is going to be the heaviest boxing match in history.