Hafthor Bjornsson has named the five boxers that have inspired him most – and it's an elite list.
Bjornsson, an Icelandic professional strongman who has also starred in Game of Thrones, included British fighters Lennox Lewis and Tyson Fury when declaring his favourite fighters of all time.
The man nicknamed 'Thor' is currently in training for his long-awaited grudge match with British strongman Eddie Hall, that had been set to take place last September before Hall withdrew with a bicep injury. The bout will now take place in March.
Bjornsson has three exhibition bouts to his name so far having had draws with cruiserweight Steven Ward and heavyweight Simon Vallily, before beating Canadian arm wrestler Devon Larratt by TKO.
And in an interview with The Sun, he described England's Fury, 33, and Lewis, 56, as two of his favourite all-time boxers.
He also named two American heavyweight legends in George Foreman, 72, and Mike Tyson, 55, while another current boxer completed the list – four-division champion Canelo Alvarez, 31.
Originally, Bjornsson had been set to fight Hall, 33, this month in Florida in what had been dubbed 'the heaviest boxing match in history'. The Icelandic fighter currently weighs around 23 stone, some nine stone lighter than his prime as a strongman competitor.
He has taken a different approach to preparing than Hall, who has steered clear of in-ring bouts.
Bjornsson however, said the experience he'd gained from exhibitions had been vital: "I've been in sports my whole life, and for me at least, but most people agree with me here that when you compete and step into the ring with referees with the lights on and the pressure, that's how you get better.
"That's how you gain experience and when you're able to learn from your mistakes as well.
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"I can train hard and spar extremely hard in training sessions but competing the way I'm doing, this was my third match, that gives me the most experience I could ever ask for.
"That's the reason why I'm doing it, because I want to be as prepared as possible before the Eddie fight.
"He obviously want to win against me and I obviously want to win against him. So, I truly believe he is doing everything he believes is the best. He doesn't believe in those exhibition matches, but I do and that's fine.
"He has his training ways to do things and I have my training ways to do things."
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