Eddie Hall has revealed a detached bicep injury he suffered in training has forced him out of his boxing match against fellow strongman Hafthor Bjornsson.
The fight, which was dubbed “The heaviest boxing match in history”, was supposed to take place on September 18 at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, but will now be pushed back until March or April of next year.
The event in September will still go ahead, with promoters MTK Global and CoreSports potentially keeping Bjornsson on the card to compete in an exhibition bout.
Hall shared news of his injury through a video on social media which shows him throwing a left hook before he punches the floor in frustration at suffering the injury.
“Little bit of bad news. On Monday I threw a bit of a lazy left hook in training and I detached my left bicep,” Hall said.
“The good news is I had the surgery on Thursday, it was a complete success. The bicep’s reattached and I’m able move it already, even after two days the hand’s back in and the swelling has gone down massively.
“Bad news is the fight is going to have to be delayed, it won’t be going ahead on September 18.”
Bjornsson has taken on pro boxers Steven Ward and Simon Vallily in exhibition fights to prepare for his first professional contest against Hall. Usually weighing over 200 kilograms, “The Mountain” has lost over 100 pounds for the fight.
He reacted to news of Hall’s injury in a recent Instagram post, saying: “Super disappointed but this is not in my hands.”
“Next up is finding a new opponent so I can fight in September. I’m taking this extremely serious and I’ll be even more prepared. When Eddie is ready, I’ll be waiting.”
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CoreSports have said those who pre-ordered the pay-per-view will be able to watch Hall v Bjornsson when it takes place next year and will be able to watch the September card for free.
And Hall continued: “But I’m in good spirits, the arm is reattached. ‘m doing everything I can to recover as quickly as I can and I’m looking forward to getting back to training. I’m most looking forward to ripping Thor’s face off.”
Hall won the World’s Strongest Man competition in 2017. The previous year he broke the world record for the heaviest deadlift (500 kilograms) ever pulled under strongman rules at the time.
Bjornsson would take Hall’s title as World’s Strongest Man in 2018. He also topped the Brit’s deadlift record last year, lifting 501 kilograms at his gym in Iceland.