The Mountain Wants To Fight Martyn Ford This Year After Eddie Hall Bout
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The Mountain says that he would love to meet Martyn Ford in the boxing ring, and has revealed when he fancies getting into it. You can see a video featuring exclusive interviews with both fighters ahead of their big fight below.
Game of Thrones star and former World’s Strongest Man winner Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, often referred to by his GoT character’s name, will meet fellow ex-WSM champion Eddie Hall in the ring this weekend for a match-up dubbed ‘The Heaviest Boxing Match in History’.
Whilst he is fully focussed on his grudge match with Hall – the pair have some serious beef – The idea of fighting again after this has crossed his mind.
Given that the pool of potential opponents for fighters the size of Thor and Eddie is – by his own admission – limited, Martyn Ford, sometimes referred to as the ‘World’s Scariest Man’, would seem like the perfect match.
39-year-old Ford takes on ‘Iranian Hulk’ Sajad Gharibi in London on April 30 and is expected to win.
Hall has already ruled himself out as Ford is a friend of his.
Thor told LADbible: “100 percent – I’ve seen that he [Ford] is doing some boxing and he’s obviously a good friend of Eddie.
“It would be good to beat Eddie and then his friends, for sure.
“They’re fighting in April, if that goes along and I get the opportunity to fight him, and it makes sense I would definitely look at it because he’s a guy who is similar to my physique, my weight, and my height as well.
“It would make sense as long as he wouldn’t need too much of preparation."
When pressed about whether that fight could take place this year, he responded: “100 percent.”
However, he added: “I’m not thinking about other matters right now. I know that Martyn Ford is boxing…and I would be open to fighting him, but I am absolutely 100 percent focussed on Eddie right now.”
While it’s clear that Thor is laser-focussed on his opponent on March 19, he is also acutely aware that he came to boxing late and has to make the most of a short time if he is to continue in the sport.
That’s why he wants to meet Ford – or whoever his next opponent might be – as soon as possible.
He explained: “I’m 33-years-old but I’m enjoying boxing.
“It’s not like I’m young anymore – like 20 or 25 – but as long as I am enjoying boxing and as long as I have something interesting, some opportunities that I think benefit me and my career, I will talk to my team and discuss it, and I would happily want to take it if it fits into my schedule.
“But you have to think ‘I’m getting older, I’m not getting any younger’.
“So, it would have to happen fast.
“I’m not going to wait another year; I want to stay active in boxing.
“If something pops up, I would want to fight again within half a year.
“I wouldn’t want to wait another year that’s for sure, I would want to stay active and fight more often if I’m supposed to stay in boxing because I’m not getting any younger.”
As for this weekend, Thor believes that Hall’s anger will get the better of him, meaning that the Icelander’s superior boxing skills will see him through.
“I don’t like the guy but I’m here to box and show the people my boxing skills, staying calm and staying relaxed.
“He is going to come in angry like a bull and is probably gonna gas out in the first round or second round because he’s so angry and p***ed off.
“The man cannot control his emotions. He’s too focussed on the past.
“He’s too angry, he’s like a 16-year-old boy, if you cannot control your emotions you cannot fight.
“There’s no way that man can fight six rounds against me.
“My plan is to box, my plan is to show my skills and technique and show the people my ability in the boxing ring.
“If he is not ready, I’m going to knock him out soon.
“He’s going to come in silly, throwing wild hooks – I have a longer reach.
“I’m going to catch him and he’s gonna fall down, then we’re going to hear some excuses.”
Thor and Eddie will fight in Dubai on March 19 - the fight being streamed on SEGI TV worldwide for free. The fight is expected to begin at around 9:00pm UK time.