Hall revealed he was diagnosed with Covid-19 three weeks before his battle with Bjorsson and the disease is still taking its toll on his chest
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Hall and Bjornsson, who are fighting in Dubai this Saturday night, have a rivalry that dates back to when they both competed in the World’s Strongest Man competition in 2017, when Hall accused the Game of Thrones star of being at the event on purpose to have cheated.
The strongmen duo were supposed to fight last September but Hall suffered a torn bicep that stopped the fight. Hall, who has never stepped in the ring before, helped describe his fight Covid-19 which is still taking its toll on his chest just days after the fight.
“Three weeks ago this is probably a surprise to a lot of people and again it’s not an excuse I’ve come down with Covid. You can hear it on my chest now, but I’m not using it as an excuse and I’m going into this fight with all my weapons,” he said.
“I’m feeling really good, no concerns at all. I have made all my preparations, no stone unturned on my part. Like I said, I’m not going to sit here and make a single excuse to win a tie or lose, whatever happens I’m going to give it my all.
“My preparation was phenomenal and like I did for World’s Strongest Man, I gave it 100 per cent. Like I said, I tore my biceps, but it was a little slip-up in my training. It was like I had I took the p*** for a week and then I was back in training.
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Hall weighed in at 142kg for the fight, while Bjornsson was significantly heavier at 152kg. Bjornsson, who also had Covid earlier this year, expects Hall to try to knock him out in the first round but is ready for whatever game plan his opponent will bring.
“I expect him to be wild and throw big hooks,” Bjornsson told Mirror Fighting. “He will be clear and I expect that he will give everything in the first round. Although I expect I’m ready for anything, he could come in with a completely different game plan because he knows what I’m thinking.
“Maybe he’ll come in like a bullet and try to land right away. I think it’s just a wait and see what happens. I’ve trained against different fighters, beginners and pros. Good amateurs too. The reason I wanted a rookie is because I wanted to know what it was like to compete against someone who didn’t have the experience of a pro.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/boxing/eddie-hall-covid-thor-bjornsson-26502484 Eddie Hall was diagnosed with Covid-19 ahead of the Thor Bjornsson fight