Let’s just say he has a mountain of work to do.
Game of Thrones star Hafthor Bjornsson has released vision of his first foray into boxing training and it’s obvious a lifetime of building muscle to lift heavy objects isn’t going to help inside the ring.
Bjornsson, who played the character The Mountain in the hit HBO series, challenged England’s Eddie Hall to a fight after unofficially breaking his dead lift record earlier this month.
Bjornsson, 31, pulled 501kg in an out-of-competition lift, edging Hall’s official mark set in 2016.
The two beefy rivals have been feuding since Hall defeated Bjornsson at the 2017 World’s Strongest Man competition and now they’re going to throw down in a bout sold as the heaviest boxing match in history given both will likely weigh-in north of 150kg.
Bjornsson has already shed more than 10kg as he begins to train in boxing for the first time.
The Icelandic strongman will need to keep the pounds pouring off because as you can see in this short workout video he posted last week, all that bulk is slowing him down.
Some of Bjornsson’s Instagram followers weren’t overly kind. “That’s bloody awful,” Mark Robson wrote.
“Could see them punches coming from 2017,” added Joel Treacher.
While Nathan McHugh chimed in: “That was an uncomfortable watch.”
His training partner Skuli Armansson also shared some vision of The Mountain skipping.
Bjornsson, who said he’s secured a seven-figure contract for the September 2021 contest, recently told Unilad he can see himself knocking Hall out.
But the Brit is talking tough too. “I want to teach you a lesson. and that lesson is going to be me knocking you the f*** out,” Hall said.
“I don’t care if you’re 6ft 9in, I don’t care if you’re an actual giant. I don’t care.
“I’m gonna train the hardest, prepare the hardest … do everything in my power to step in that ring and rip your f***ing head off. So Thor, get training, I’ll see you in the ring.”