Strongman boxing match will “not be fun to watch” warns UFC icon Michael Bisping
Next year, strongmen Eddie Hall and Hafthor Bjornsson are set to compete in the ‘Heaviest Boxing Match in History’.
The bout was originally slated for this year but was postponed after Hall suffered a gruesome bicep injury just a few weeks out from fight night.
Bjornsson will now face arm-wrestling legend Devon Larratt on September 18 instead, and is expected to meet rival Hall next year once the Beast overcomes his injury.
While the prospect of a bout between Hall and Bjornsson has excited fans due to the pair’s bitter feud, the fight is unlikely to be contested at the highest standard.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Star, former UFC champion Michael Bisping explained that while he respects Hall and Bjornsson for getting in the ring, he believes their bout will “not be fun to watch.”
“There’s these strong men, they’re having a fight soon,” Bisping said.
“The Mountain and Eddie Hall. God bless them as well; they’re all trying to make some money.
“But, when people watch fights, they wanna watch good fights.
“No offence to these strong men, but if you want to be wowed by them, then watch them lift up a car or throw logs around.
“Because I guarantee, watching them put gloves on and swinging with zero technique, then blowing out of their a** after two minutes is not going to be fun to watch.”
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Hall’s clash with Bjornsson is the latest in a recent string of celebrity and influencer boxing matches to take place, after YouTube stars KSI, and Logan and Jake Paul started the trend in 2018.
While the rise of these circus-like events has proven immensely lucrative, with KSI and Logan Paul’s 2019 rematch selling over 1.2m pay-per-views in the UK alone, purists have largely blasted celebrity boxing as detrimental to the sweet science.
Bisping, who retired from MMA in 2017, explained that while its great influencers are “raising the popularity” of boxing, many of them are treating combat sports as a joke and could eventually “get seriously hurt.”
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“As I said, good for them, but here’s why I really don’t like it. Guys like myself and other professional fighters, we have worked our entire lives to get to this stage.
“For example, look at Conor McGregor. He just snapped his leg recently. You don’t think he has conditioned shins? You don’t think he’s kicked bags his entire life? But you can still get hurt.
“I can pop this eyeball out right now. I’ve had multiple surgeries, I’ve got no knees, I’ve had two total knee replacements. It takes a toll on the body and people think this is a joke now.
“They think, ‘Oh we can go out there and have a fight and have a laugh.’
“It isn’t a joke. Unfortunately, one of these guys is gonna get seriously hurt. They’re gonna go in there half-cocked against someone that they shouldn’t be matched up against, and they’re gonna get hurt.
“I don’t want that to happen because then we’re going to see nothing but negative headlines.
“Whilst it’s great that they’re raising the popularity of it, they’re not boxers and they’re not combat sports athletes. They’ve got no business being in a ring, to be quite frank.”
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