Bjornsson fears for Usyk weight gain and backs Joshua to win title fight

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HAFTHOR BJORNSSON endorses Anthony Joshua for being ‘too big’ for Oleksandr Usik – despite the challenger’s best efforts.

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Joshua defended his unified heavyweight crown in a mandatory title defense at Tottenham’s Stadium this Saturday.

Game of Thrones star Hafthor Björnssoncredit: Instagram / @thorbjornsson
Alexander Usik has gained weight before fighting Anthony Joshua

Alexander Usik has gained weight before fighting Anthony Joshuacredit: Instagram @usykaa

With his most recent fight against 37-year-old Derek Chisora ​​in October last year, this will only be former cruiserweight King Usyak’s third fight.


Prior to this, he only scaled 15th at 7lbs, giving him nearly three stones that nearly intimidated him before winning on points.

To counter AJ’s hulking frame, the 34-year-old Usyk is piled on the pounds and earned his career-heaviest 16th 5lb in an Instagram post in July.

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But Game of Thrones star Björnsson – who himself lost nine stones while boxing – fears how the Ukrainian will perform after the body transformation.

He told SunSport: “Absolutely, I’ll look 100 percent. I think Joshua will be a little big for Usyak.

“Usyk is a great boxer, but there is a difference in height and weight. I think Usyk is gaining some weight now.

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“So I don’t know how it will affect his performance, he won’t get used to being so heavy. We don’t know how he’ll react to that.

“Will it make him a little more rigid or what but my money’s on Joshua. He’s more comfortable in that weight class.”

Rain Total Body Fuel ambassador Björnsson, better known as Thor, has been training as a boxer for a year and a half.

It comes with a super-heavyweight fight against strong rival Eddie Hall who has been signed and sealed.

To prepare, Thor has organized three tune-up exhibition bouts, the last of which is against arm wrestling champion Devon Larratt, 46, in Dubai.

Hall, 33, was due to be in the other corner until he suffered a biceps injury in training, forcing the grudge match to be postponed until March.

Thor, 32, has now returned to Iceland from the Middle East and plans to see 31-year-old Joshua defend his belt against an unbeaten 18-0 Usyk.

He said: “I can’t wait to see this fight, I think this fight is going to be great.

“I guess it could go either way, but if I have to pick a winner, it’s Joshua.”

Anthony Joshua is backed by Hafthor Björnsson to defeat Aleksandar Usik

Anthony Joshua is backed by Hafthor Björnsson to defeat Aleksandar Usikcredit: Richard Pelham /
Hafthor Björnsson starred in Game of Thrones

Hafthor Björnsson starred in Game of Thronescredit: Not Known, picture clear with desk
  • Hafþór Björnsson is a reigning ambassador, he will fight Eddie Hall in March 2022. For more information, please visit #ready to reagan

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