Tyson Fury ‘confirms plans to return to the ring in November to face Game of Thrones star Hafthor Bjornsson in an exhibition bout at a London football stadium’… after hanging up his gloves following win over Dillian Whyte
- Tyson Fury is reportedly in talks to return to the ring to face Hafthor Bjornsson
- Fury says he wants to take on the professional strongman in an exhibition bout
- Negotiations are under way for a bout to take place at a London football stadium
- Fury has said they are looking to schedule the bout in November of this year
Tyson Fury is reportedly in talks to return to the ring for an exhibition bout with the former world’s strongest man Hafthor Bjornsson.
The Gypsy King has gone back and forth with the Icelandic strongman over social media and has now revealed the pair are in talks over a November bout.
It is believed the exhibition bout later this year could take place in a London football stadium and last ‘six to eight rounds’.
Tyson Fury is in talks to return to the ring for an exhibition bout with Hafthor Bjornsson
Fury said has he would not return to the ring in a professional capacity but admitted he is eager to fight the Icelandic strongman.
The Gypsy King confirmed that the pair had entered into negotiations over the potential bout, telling the Telegraph Sport: ‘It would be a bit of fun.
‘It would be great to get in there in front of, say, 70,000 fans and show him what boxing is all about, make him miss, and knock him out. We are talking to his team at the moment and it is definitely something I’m interested in.’
Fury announced he would retire after beating Dillian Whyte at Wembley earlier this year
However, he has revealed he is planning to return to the ring in November this year to face Icelandic strongman Bjornsson (above)
Bjornsson also confirmed talks had begun during an interview with IFL TV on Monday. He said: ‘I know that there are some negotiations going on and some talks, but nothing is complete. If it did happen, I would gladly step into the ring and I would gladly fight him.’
Fury and Bjornsson have been calling each other out on social media in recent weeks. Fury took to his Instagram to write: ‘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.
Fury called out Icelandic strongman Bjornsson for a boxing match on social media
Bjornsson responded to Fury’s callout and is up for the battle with the heavyweight
Bjornsson responded by posting a video to Instagram. During the clip he said: ‘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 is the third most decorated strongman in history and has 30 competition wins to his name. He has also taken part in several boxing matches.
The 33-year-old is no stranger to the ring – having had four professional fights, winning twice and drawing the other two.
Ngannou is desperate to fight Fury even if it means leaving the UFC as a free agent
He stands at 6ft 9in, the same size as Fury and no doubt there would be plenty of casual interest if they stepped into the ring together, although the British heavyweight would clearly toy with his opponent.
The Gypsy King is still training hard despite retiring from the sport after beating Dillian Whyte at Wembley earlier this year.
Fury has also talked up an exhibition against Francis Ngannou – with the Cameroon fighter open to leaving the UFC as a free agent to secure the fight.
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