Hafthor Bjornsson, aka ‘The Mountain’ from Game of Thrones, steps into the ring to fight Devon Larratt – the ‘best arm wrestler of all time’ – this weekend.
Thor was set for ‘The Heaviest Boxing Match in History’ with his clash against World’s Strongest Man rival Eddie Hall.
But that bout had to been postponed when Hall suffered a gruesome bicep injury.
It is hoped the two will face off next year but Bjornsson is still set to be under the lights this month.
He’ll take on Larratt who is widely regarded as the greatest arm wrestler ever.
Bjornsson lost an arm-wrestle to Larratt in 2015 and will now be out for revenge inside the boxing ring.
Bjornsson v Larratt: Date and how to watch
This heavyweight bout will take place on Saturday, September 18 and is being held in Dubai.
The event is scheduled to start at 6pm UK time with the main event expected from 9pm.
The bout will consist of six, three-minute rounds and the fighters will be wearing 12oz gloves and no headgear.
CoreSports will be showing the action and it will be a pay-per-view event.
It can be purchased and streamed on coresports.world for a price for $9.99.
Bjornsson v Larratt: Undercard
As well as Bjornsson v Larratt, the undercard will feature more crossover bouts.
Josh Bridges, a former Navy Seal and an elite Cross Games athlete, will face his CrossFit world rival Jacob Heppner.
Meanwhile, powerlifting world record hold Stefi Cohen will make her boxing debut against unbeaten bantamweight fighter Avril Mathie.
Subject to change
- MAIN EVENT: Hafthor Bjornsson v Devon Larratt
- Josh Bridges v Jacob Heppner
- Anthony De Bruijn v Giorgi Gachechiladze
- Martin Bakole v Haruna Osumanu
- Stefi Cohen v Marcela Nieto
- Avril Mathie v Jesca Mfinanga
- Stephane Fondjo v Badri Gogichashvili
- Khalid Naseer v Abdul Malik Jabir
Bjornsson v Larratt: What’s been said?
Hall has admitted he’s surprised by Bjornsson’s choice of opponent in Larratt, believing Thor could get ‘battered’.
The Beast said: “Honestly, I never saw it coming. I will say that. I was very random. Devon Larratt is current world arm wrestling champion I think.
“Big strong guy and I know Devon, I’m sure he’s an ex-Pat and been in the army for 20-odd years so he’s no stranger to danger. Up for a scrap.
“I think Devon has had a lot more fights in his life. I’ve met him, spoke to him and trained with him. I think he’s used to that environment and that pressure of being in front of crowds with the arm wrestling stuff.
“The first thing that sprung to mind was that Devon has done zero boxing training for at least the last 15 years.
“He’s done nothing but arm wrestling but has got six weeks notice, maybe less.
“I think Devon could batter him, I really do.
“With boxing, you’ve got to be fit or you’re f****d. That’s the only thing that is going to let him down. He will have the aggression, he’s gone to the same gym as Georges St-Pierre, he’s moved in above there for the next six weeks.
“You are not going to learn that much in six weeks and you are not going to pick up much fitness in six weeks. He’s got two big downfalls there.
“Devon can take a hit and he can give a hit. Is he going to beat Thor? Big question mark that is.”