Former professional strongman and actor Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, world-famous for his character of Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane in the HBO series Game of Thrones, has called out none other than heavyweight boxing icon Tyson Fury for a fight.
A former Arnold Strongman Classic, Europe’s Strongest Man and World’s Strongest Man winner, Hafþór Björnsson has often exchanged blows with his strongman rival Eddie Hall, and two are slated to face each other in a boxing match in September this year.
While he aims to have two bouts with his former adversary, Björnsson also opens up talks about a clash with WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury after he settles his score with Hall.
Björnsson aims at the top of the heavyweight division- Tyson Fury
“There’s probably going to be a rematch against Eddie Hall, so I’ll be in the sport for probably the next two years,” Björnsson said in an interview with Metro earlier this week, implying that he wants to knock out Hall twice and finish with the rematch.
“After the rematch we’ll see how I feel, how much I have improved. I’m not getting any younger – I’m 32 years old so I need to improve very fast if I see myself competing more,” the Icelander added.
Like Hall, Björnsson has also been dropping in weight on becoming a pugilist, and in future he wants to step inside the heavyweight division- and have a go at the ‘top’ name of the division, the Gypsy King himself, or some other boxer who dethrones Fury in the next two years.
“That could happen,” Björnsson went on, “no one has seen a guy my size before and imagine if some big name would challenge me because they want to shut me down. That would be a huge opportunity for me and I probably wouldn’t turn it down.
“When I do anything I always look at the top and the top right now is Tyson Fury obviously, but we’ll see in two years’ time who is on top then,” Björnsson ackowledged.
Tyson Fury has now gone almost a year without a fight since the Deontay Wilder rematch last February. However, he’s currently focused on a heavyweight unification bout with the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO title holder Anthony Joshua but time will tell when and how Fury responds to Björnsson.