Clayton’s Eddie Hall prepares for a boxing bout against nemesis Hafthor Bjornsson, also known as Thor, as the two square off this weekend. In a post on his Instagram page, Thor told fans he had seen Eddie and was “injury free”, meaning there was, in his words, “no excuse not to. show up” for Saturday’s fight.
The two are due to face off at the Duty Free Tennis Stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, but were originally due to meet last year. The original plans were scrapped after Eddie got injured.
As fans prepare for this weekend’s fight, you probably want to know a little more about Eddie’s opponent, Thor. So, we tell you more about the star, who was once a basketball player.
Eddie Hall vs. Hafthor Bjornsson: Who is Thor?
Hafthor Bjornsson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland. He is 33 years old. He started out in the sport as a basketball player and he played for a few Division I teams in Iceland as well as the national team.
But that dream was cut short by injury. In an interview, Thor revealed, “My goal has always been to become a professional basketball player, but that dream hasn’t gone far. I broke my ankle twice. I had to undergo two operations, which ended my career. I was 19.”
After quitting basketball, Thor became a professional strongman. In 2011 he won two strongest man titles in Iceland.
It wasn’t until 2017, however, that the star made significant inroads into the World’s Strongest Man competition, finishing second to rival Eddie Hall. Bjornsson went further in the 2018 contest, triumphing over his competitors.
The star revealed in a Twitch TV video in 2020 that he would “probably” never compete in a World’s Strongest Man competition again, according to Volt Fitness telling fans he was “probably retired”.
He was never really known to people who didn’t watch the Strongest Man competitions until he was cast in the hugely popular Game of Thrones series, where he played the much-loved character Gregor’ The Mountain. ‘ Clegane from season four to eighth.
Thor is married to former waitress, Kelsey Henson, whom he met while working at a restaurant in Alberta, Canada. He visited the place after participating in a strongman competition there.
The couple welcomed their first child together in 2020, and they share a boy, named Stormur. Thor also has a daughter, named Theresa Lif, from a former relationship with Thelma Steimann.
Thor runs a gym with the help of his wife, Kelsey, who is now a fitness trainer and social media entrepreneur. Both have huge followings on social media.