Eddie Hall claims Hafthor Bjornsson fight was watched by 30 million people to put it on par with Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather superfight

Eddie Hall claimed more than 30 million people watched his boxing match with Hafthor Bjornsson earlier this month.

Thor knocked down his rival twice as he earned a unanimous decision victory in Dubai in what has been dubbed ‘the heaviest boxing match in history’.

Thor and Hall could step into the ring again in the near future

It was the culmination of their bitter feud that stretched back to 2017’s World’s Strongest Man.

The fight was streamed for free online and Hall says it was watched by millions.

Viewership figures are difficult to estimate for boxing matches, with Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather attracting a record 4.6 million pay-per-view buys, which should be around 50 million people.

“Although I lost the fight, it was a success in many ways,” Hall said on YouTube. “I was talking to the promoter and within 48 hours including and after the fight, 30 million people watched it in total.

“You have to think in terms of what we intended to do, we did it. The hardest boxing match in history, we succeeded.

“A lot of people said they wouldn’t watch the fight, let’s be honest, you watched the fight. It was a hell of a fight and a hell of a thrill.

“A lot of boxers and promoters reached out, it was a success at the end of the day.

Hall was sent flying to the canvas twice in the fight

Hall was sent flying to the canvas twice in the fight


“Preparing for the fight was fun. It was over-amplified and over-worked, but I think for both of us, if we could go back and do things differently, we would.

“I saw how more humility and respect could have been shown to each other. That way we could have had more fun and put on a better show if we had put our differences aside beforehand.

“I guess that was why we were fighting in the first place, to put our differences aside.”

Although their rivalry is somewhat settled and the pair are ready to move on, Hall insisted he wanted to return to the ring.

Hall said he carried an injury in the fight, with a troublesome bicep injury still causing him problems.

The 2017 World’s Strongest Man winner said: “The aftermath of the fight made me think a lot. I think it’s time for me and Thor to move on from our differences in 2017 to being the strongest man alive.

Thor dominated the fight on the judges' scorecards and earned bragging rights

Thor dominated the fight on the judges’ scorecards and earned bragging rights

“I understand why Thor did what he did and why he said what he said. I understand in his head what the outcome was.

“Nothing will change that and he will always have this perception that he was robbed in 2017. The fact that he wins the fight will not change that.

“I wanted to punch him in the face for a long time and I got the chance. It solved a lot for me and helped set a lot aside.

“It’s like that.”

He added: “I want the rematch. I’ll say what an explosion it was in the ring and throw bombs at each other.

“Nothing will change that and he will always have this perception that he was robbed in 2017. The fact that he wins the fight will not change that.

“I wanted to punch him in the face for a long time and I got the chance. It solved a lot for me and helped set a lot aside.

“It’s like that.”

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