After you deadlift more than any human in history, the logical next step is to challenge your ultimate rival to an all-out battle.
Hafthor Björnsson, also known as Thor and The Mountain, just broke the world record for deadlifting more than any human in history — and he used his crowning moment to call out the very man who held the previous deadlift record.
The Game of Thrones actor and strongman was able to deadlift 501 kilograms, or an astonishing 1,104 pounds. The lift was two pounds more than the previous record, which was set by Björnsson’s rival Eddie Hall in 2016.
In a post-lift interview, Björnsson called out Hall to a presumable boxing match, saying he signed a “seven-figure” fight contract with Core Sports — and knows Hall was approached with the same offer. Thor called for him to “sign the Core Sports contract” and meet him in the ring.
“Eddie, I know I just knocked out your record. And now I’m ready to knock you out in the ring,” Björnsson said in the interview. “Time to put your fists where your big mouth is.”
In January, Hall took to YouTube to address the demand for a fight between the two rivals.
“I don’t dislike Thor. I don’t hate Thor. I’ve got no agenda to fight Thor, but I feel as though there is a demand there. I feel like the fans want to see it,” he said, adding, “There’s no hard feelings. We’ll be very gentlemanly about it. If he wants to take his time and train and set something up for 2021 maybe, then let’s do it.”
And it appears that timeline could be realistic, according to Thor’s post-game interview.
“I’m ready,” Björnsson said, before asking, “Are you ready, Eddie?”
Call it a clash of the titans.
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