Strongman Hafthor Björnsson Willing to Taste Mike Tyson’s Power: “I Would Be Honoured”

Published 09/07/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 28: Mike Tyson exits the ring after receiving a split draw against Roy Jones Jr. during Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. presented by Triller at Staples Center on November 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Triller)


These days, boxing is one of the most loved sports around the planet. Athletes and celebrities across umpteen verticals have shown tremendous interest in lacing up the boxing gloves to fulfill their wish to fight inside the ring. The renowned Icelandic strongman, Hafthor Bjornsson, too, is a star who’s hooked in on the sport. He recently expressed his interest in fighting the boxing icon Mike Tyson.

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Bjornsson was all set to face the British strongman, Eddie Hall, on September 18 in an exhibition bout. But Hall injured himself out and went out of this contest. In his place, the Icelandic strongman will lock horns with Devon Larratt, a Canadian arm-wrestling stalwart.

However, Bjornsson’s vast interest lies in facing ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’. Talking exclusively to SunSport, he said, “If Mike Tyson would want to fight me, I wouldn’t say no.”

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“I would be honoured to feel his power.”

Mike Tyson is still the most loved boxing star on the planet. The world has witnessed his capabilities inside the ring, and his power was one to watch for.

Moreover, in the 1990s era, ‘Iron’ Mike placed himself as the scariest heavyweight of all time. And till today, no heavyweight boxer has been able to match him.

Citing that, Bjornsson, who’s a novice to the boxing universe, knows what Mike Tyson is and how important he is to the sport. Consequently, his aspiration to fight ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ shouldn’t shock anyone, as anyone new to the sport would like to announce themselves by fighting the former heavyweight great.

Mike Tyson vs Hafthor Bjornsson – The ultimate heavy collision

Though it’s been 15 years since Mike Tyson left the sport, he still has sustained his love for fitness and his gigantic frame. His frame is nowhere near that of Bjornsson’s. Despite that, he can put his opponents to sleep with one punch.

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Despite the hype behind this contest, there are no real contract negotiations that have begun between Tyson and Bjornsson’s teams. Yet, if this fight comes to life, it’ll undoubtedly create surreal buzz.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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