Tyson Fury has confirmed that he is in talks to face Hafthor Bjornsson in an exhibition in November at a London football stadium.
Fury said he would be open to exhibition clashes after announcing his retirement from professional boxing after stopping Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium in April and it appears that former strongman and Game of Thrones actor, Bjornsson is top of his hitlist.
‘The Gypsy King’ revealed that talks were underway to face the Iceland native and has vowed to knock out the 33-year-old if the exhibition gets finalised.
“It would be a bit of fun,” Fury told Telegraph Sport.
“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.”
Bjornsson, who is trained by Martin Bakole’s coach Billy Nelson, has had two professional fights and two exhibitions, most recently overcoming arch-rival and fellow strongman, Eddie Hall by unanimous decision in March in his second professional outing.
‘The Mountain’ has had several social media back-and-forths with Fury over recent months and admitted it would be an “honour” to share the ring with Fury.
“If it did happen, I would gladly step into the ring and I would gladly fight him,” he said to IFLTV.
“Ive said that since day one. People have asked me, ‘would you fight Tyson Fury?’, I’ve always said yes.
“It would be a huge honour for me to fight the best heavyweight boxer in the world and an amazing experience for myself.
View this post on Instagram
“Would I get beat? Probably, but I would not give a f***.
“I would do my best and who f****** knows. I’m f****** strong and my punches hurt so, if it would happen he better be ready.
“He can’t be taking it easy because I’m a warrior, I’m a viking and I’m coming all in if it happens.”
Despite announcing his retirement, Fury is yet to vacate his WBC heavyweight world title and has made conflicting remarks on what it would take him to reverse his decision for an undisputed title showdown against the winner of the rematch between WBA ‘super’, WBO, IBF and IBO champion, Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua on August 20 in Saudi Arabia.
Tyson Fury and Hafthor Bjornsson exchanging messages about a potential exhibition fight today…
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) July 2, 2022
The 33-year-old Manchester man, claimed in June that he wanted £500m to consider coming out of retirement, but earlier this month during his ‘Official After Party Tour’ he said that he would be willing to face Joshua for free at Wembley Stadium, providing he exacts revenge over Usyk.
“I swear to God I hope he wins the fight against [Oleksandr] Usyk so that I can come out of retirement and fight him for free.
“However, the terms are this – I want it at Wembley Stadium, I want it free to enter and I want it on free-to-air in television in this country.
“I’ll fight him in England, not abroad in a foreign country for more money, here for free for the people.”