This weekend, Icelandic strongman, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, set a new world record in deadlift when he lifted 501kg (1,104lb).
Björnsson, who many know as Ser Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane in HBO’s Game of Thrones, broke the record in his gym here in Iceland.
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The previous record of 500 kg was held by Englishman Eddie “The Beast” Hall. Hall and Björnsson are well-known rivals in the weightlifting world, and it appears that next year, they will settle their dispute in the ring.
Speaking after his record-breaking lift, Björnsson is reported to have said “So Eddie, I just knocked out your record. And now I’m ready to knock you out in the ring.”
Björnsson then announced today on social media that a boxing match between him and Hall will take place next year in Las Vegas.
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It’s official. September 2021 in Las Vegas Nevada, the Mountain vs the Beast. The next year and a half of my career will be solely dedicated towards this fight. I can’t wait to have my family ringside as I throw down. I’m coming for you @eddiehallwsm 🥊🏆 @reignbodyfuel @coresportsworld #WhoWillReign
Neither of the two strongmen is a professional boxer, but the fight will follow traditional boxing rules. They will also have plenty of time to train as the match is set for September 2021.
In an interview with Iceland’s Stöð 2 channel, Björnsson says he is planning on exercising a lot and increasing his stamina in the next year. He also predicts he will knock out Hall in the first round.