There’s no larger feud (by both combined mass and bad blood) in strength sports than Eddie Hall vs. Hafthor Björnsson. The former strongmen, both of whom have won World’s Strongest Man titles and broken legendary records, have carried on a massive beef for years now, stretching back to Hall’s win at the 2017 World’s Strongest Man competition.
The rivalry went public in the lead up to Björnsson’s 501 kg deadlift, a feat that surpassed Hall’s own 500 kg record. Hall contested that Björnsson’s lift shouldn’t officially count, since he completed the lift in his home gym in Iceland instead of during an officially sanctioned competition. Björnsson completed the lift, and immediately challenged Hall to a fight in his post-event presser. Since then, in April 2020, Hall and Björnsson have been hard at work training to finally meet and settle the score in a highly anticipated boxing match.
Now, after a long wait, an unexpected delay due to Hall suffering a freak biceps detachment injury, and a giant amount of trash talk, the time has come for the Heaviest Boxing Match in History to finally take place.
When Eddie Hall and Hafthor Björnsson Will Fight
Barring any more unexpected delays, Eddie Hall and Hafthor Björnsson will fight on Saturday, March 19 at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium in the United Arab Emirates. The coverage for the event is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. EST (12:30 p.m. PST). Unlike other big boxing events, there is no undercard, meaning there are no other fights scheduled to take place beforehand.
Where You Can Watch the Eddie Hall vs. Hafthor Björnsson Fight
Unlike most other widely-hyped fights, you won’t have to open up your wallet for a pay-per-view if you want to watch live. The match is available on a free stream from platform Segi TV. Along with the fight, you can view several short documentary features about the competitors and their feud before they meet in the ring.
How You Can Follow Along Beforehand
For more info ahead of the fight, both Hall and Björnsson have been active on social media regarding the event. Core Sports, the promotion company behind the matchup, is also sharing content related to the fight across its social channels. You can also watch the pre-fight “Road to the Ring” documentary segments on Segi TV.
How the Fighters Match Up
Core Sports provided some stats for the combatants ahead of the match. Hall is 34, stands 6’3”, and weighs 339 pounds. He has an 80” reach. Björnsson is 33, stands 6’9”, and weighs 321 pounds. Despite his height advantage of six inches, he also has an 80” reach.
After such a long buildup, there’s plenty of pride on the line. But there’s more than just bragging rights at stake. Hall and Björnsson both pledged to donate $200,000 to charity, and after a contentious exchange on social media (in which Hall suggested the loser donate $1 million, too) the pair agreed that the loser will have to get the other man’s name tattooed on their body with the title “World’s Strongest Man,” according to BarBend.
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