Tyson Fury’s return to the ring teased as Game of Thrones star Hafthor Bjornsson has a ‘very big’ fight which could be announced in the next week… after the Icelandic strongman confirmed he has held talks with the Gypsy King
- Tyson Fury and Hafthor Bjornsson have been involved in a war of words online
- Speculation has ramped up over the pair potentially having an exhibition bout
- Bjornsson confirmed that he has held talks with Fury over a match in the future
- His trainer now says he has a ‘very big’ fight to be announced in coming week
Hafthor Bjornsson’s trainer says the Games of Thrones star has a ‘very big’ fight to announce, amid speculation he could be set to square off with Tyson Fury.
The Icelandic strongman has gone back and forth with the retired world heavyweight champion Fury, and has stated that the pair have held talks over a potential bout.
As reported by the Daily Express, Bjornsson’s trainer says a ‘very big’ fight could be announced in the next week.
Tyson Fury could be in line for a return to the ring against Icelandic strongman Hafthor Bjornsson
The Games of Thrones star’s trainer says he has a ‘very big’ fight to be announced
Trainer Billy Nelson, said: ‘There is something very big in the pipeline for him. I can’t say anything at present but next week it will probably get announced.’
Talking about a potential fight with Fury, Nelson said: ‘It would be a six to eight round exhibition contest, won’t it? What an experience for him [Bjornsson] and great for both their profiles.
‘It’s an exhibition, so no one is getting knocked out you wouldn’t think. You would hope not anyway, but you never know.’
Nelson’s comments come after Bjornsson told a press call on Friday that there has been ‘back and forth’ between him and Fury.
Fury called out Icelandic strongman Hafthor Bjornsson for a boxing match on social media
He said: ‘Yes, there’s been talks, yes it’s been back and forth between me and Tyson Fury.
‘He mentioned he wanted to come here to Iceland, we’ll see. I can’t go into details, but if things work out, I would gladly dance with Tyson and I would gladly and be honoured to share the ring with him.’
The pair have recently been involved in a war of words on social media which has heightened speculation of a potential fight.
On his Instagram page last month, the ‘Gypsy King’ wrote: ‘I wonder if Thor Bjornsson could take a crashing right hand to that big jaw?
‘Who would have Thor’s hammer? Would this mountain be to [sic] big to climb?’
‘Mountain’ is the character played by the behemoth in Game of Thrones. Bjornsson is the only man to win the Arnold Strongman Classic, Europe’s Strongest Man and World’s Strongest Man in the same year.
He is the third most decorated strongman in history and has 30 competition wins to his name.
Bjornsson responded to Fury’s callout and is up for the battle with the heavyweight
And the man nicknamed Thor hit back at the Gypsy King’s taunts, revealing he would be up for settling their differences in the ring.
He said on Instagram: ‘Tyson, there’s only one way to find out [if Thor could take Fury’s punches]. Let’s make this fight.
‘I’m 100% up for war. Let’s do this.’
Bjornsson fought against Brit Eddie Hall in March after three warm-up exhibition contests.
Fury announced he would retire after beating Dillian Whyte at Wembley earlier this year
Their showdown was billed as the ‘The Heaviest Boxing Match in History’ with the combined weight of the fighters almost 650lbs.
Thor dominated ‘The Beast’ in their Dubai showdown, winning by unanimous decision.
Fury meanwhile announced he would retire after beating Dillian Whyte earlier this year.
It is expected that he will return to the ring, with one potential bout coming against the winner of Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.