Strongman Hafthor ‘Thor’ Björnsson, 33, has been making headlines recently ahead of his upcoming fight with compatriot Eddie Hall.
Björnsson has made a name for himself through a range of high-profile pursuits, all generally centered around his monumental size.
The murderer began to gain international attention on the World’s Strongest Man circuit, where he broke a huge record as the first person to win the Arnold Strongman Classic, Europe’s Strongest Man and World’s Strongest Man competitions in a single year.
But Thor’s success in the strongman world paved the way for a variety of other high-profile pursuits.
Between 2014 and 2019 he played the terrifying Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clegane, henchman of the diabolical Cersei Lannister whose most notable screen time came from the poignant, shocking and downright disgusting lead of Oberyn Martell, played by Pedro Pascal.
In addition to his time as a now world-famous actor, Björnsson has also played as a professional basketball player, marking the start of his career playing in some of Iceland’s top divisions.
He made his debut in 2004, 10 years before his maiden Europe’s Strongest Man title in 2014, a title he went on to win in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
He won the title of the strongest man in the world in 2018.
Fortune of Hafthor Björnsson
According to WealthyPersons, Björnsson has amassed a huge fortune of around £1.5million – which is unsurprising given the huge amount of high profile work he has done across such a wide range of fields. .
Height and weight of Hafthor Björnsson
Björnsson stands at a monumental six-foot-nine, which means his time on the courts comes as no surprise.
In August 2021, the Mirror reported that Björnsson had twirled the scale weighing 205kg. However, that was before he embarked on his journey to become a boxer, with the newspaper revealing he had lost 50kg as part of his training.
The same newspaper also reported that, according to his Instagram, he used to eat over 10,000 calories a day as part of his training for strongman events, a massive total now down to 4,000 for his boxing diet.
In 2020, Björnsson lifted a Strongman record of 501 kg, about the same as an adult horse.
Hafthor Björnsson’s fight record
Björnsson’s fight against Eddie Hall will be his first professional fight, meaning he has a record of zero fights, zero wins, zero losses and zero draws.
The fight between Thor and Eddie, 34, is considered the heaviest boxing match in history.
Hafthor Björnsson wife and family
The heavyweight is married to Kelsey Henson, with the couple welcoming their first child into the world in 2018, the same year they tied the knot.
Compared to his enormous stature, his wife Kelsey is only five feet and two inches tall.
The Sun reports that the two met in a chance encounter when he walked into the restaurant she worked at in America while he was in town for a lifting competition – the pair have been together ever since.
Kelsey herself has become a celebrity in her own right after amassing nearly 450,000 followers on Instagram at the time of writing, with the couple often sharing cute photos together.
When is Hafthor Björnsson vs. Eddie Hall?
The fight between the two strongmen has been confirmed for March 19, 2022.
It is set to take place at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, with ticket details for the fight expected soon.