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The man they call ‘The Beast’ has spared no expense and left no stone unturned in his battle to be in peak physical condition for the March 19 bout, which has been described as ‘The Heaviest Fight in Boxing’.
Whilst neither of the pair are renowned boxers, the fight is compelling for more reasons than just the size of the participants.
Hall describes his motivation for the fight as ‘100 percent hatred’ and said that he is driven by a desire to ‘get in the ring and break this f***er’s face’.
To that end, Hall has been training with some ‘world top 20’ boxers who he feels unable to name because he ‘handed them their arse’.
That hatred stems from claims made by Björnsson in the aftermath of Hall’s 2017 World’s Strongest Man win.
The pair were locked at the top of the standings before a controversial ruling in the ‘Viking Press’ event saw The Mountain docked a rep, which ultimately led to him losing the overall competition.
Subsequent unpleasant exchanges between the two behemoths have shown that whatever friendship and camaraderie they might once have shared has completely vanished, replaced with a mutual revulsion and a desire to see the other hurt.
Hall is naturally very confident he’ll win the fight, unequivocally stating that there is going to be a knockout or a stoppage in his favour, but he maintains that he has become ‘obsessed’ with boxing and dedicated his whole efforts – and no small amount of his own cash – into getting himself as ready as possible for war.
“From seven in the morning until nine o’clock every f***ing day I am obsessed with boxing”, he explained to LADbible.
“I don’t want to sound like a big-headed t*** but I’ve got the financials to push myself a bit more, have that bit more physio, I’ve got my own swimming pool, my own spa, my own sauna at home.
“These little things just take away that travel, travelling to gyms to do those hot and cold treatments, travelling to a boxing gym – I’ve got a boxing ring and a gym in my basement.
“I’ve got everything at home, so I’ve got to level up because I’ve got the finances to do everything I can at home. I’ve got no excuses.
“I’ve put everything into this fight, every single bit of my heart has gone into this fight – and my bank account.”
He continued: “The nutritionist alone is £500 per month, that’s just for nutritional advice.
“Physiotherapy is £50 a session, I’m having five sessions per week. Cryotherapy is £50 per session, and I’m having that two [or] three times per week.
“Food – I eat nothing but organic food and drink. Just my food bill alone is £400 plus per week.
“I’ve had to hire a training partner, I’ve had to hire a PA, I’ve had to hire coaches.
“In terms of what I‘ve put into this fight, I would easily say over two years I’m probably half a million pounds down.”
Still, he claims that the money isn’t what drives him.
“The money is not the incentive for me,” he explained.
“I’m already rich, I don’t give a f*** about the money. This is about me and Thor now – this is personal.”
Eddie Hall vs Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson will take place on March 19 in Dubai and will be broadcast on SEGI.TV for free in the UK.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@eddiehallwsm
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