Eddie Hall vs Hafthor “The Mountain” Bjornsson Boxing Betting Pick

Our betting pick for Hall vs Bjornsson boxing is our top bet alongside a look at the stats and story surrounding the fight, the past fight experience of each athlete, and the training footage leading up to the contest. Place your bets before 2:00 PM ET March 19th, 2022. The Fight is available on PPV and takes place in the UAE at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium. 

Eddie Hall vs Hafthor “The Mountain” Bjornsson Betting Pick

The Mountain has more boxing experience, appears to be more focused on his cardio and boxing training, and sees this as an opportunity for a career as a celebrity boxer, setting up his next fight as the hype for this fight is at its peak. Hall is making this a show, but a one off, where Hafthor appears to be looking at the fight like a career step. 

Story of the Fight

This fight has been scheduled and canceled time and again. After the third rescheduling due to a torn bicep via Eddie Hall, we finally see these two meet on March 19th, 2022. 
Hall has been training with his coach ‘Paddyman’ and has no other boxing expertise on his side. He’s hyped the fight, getting into the Mountain’s head with trash talk and antics. 
Hafthor has been training for boxing for three years now, since the pandemic. He’s been in three exhibition matches, most recently with the knockout win of arm wrestler David Larrett. 

Tale of the Tape for Hall vs Bjornsson 

Fighter  Eddie ‘The Beast’ Hall  Hafthor “the Mountain” Bjornsson
Money Line   +100 -130
Age 34 33
Height 6’3’’ 6’9’’
Total Fights 0 3
Record 0-0 1-0-2
Knockouts NA 1
Stance Orhtodox  Southpaw 
Career

rounds

None 9
Weigh in  313 332
Boxing trainer  “Paddyman” Billy Nelson

Bjornsson is the bigger, lankier fighter. He’s still outweighing Hall despite dropping nearly forty kilos to make weight for the fight. Thor has nine rounds under his belt, but he also has a great deal of structured sparring, something we haven’t seen at all from Hall. 
The money line bets show Hall as a slight underdog, less so than I would have thought. Betting polls show that fans are far more convinced than oddsmakers that Eddie can win. 

Comparing the Fighters Trainers

The fighters’ trainers may be the biggest thing that sets them apart. Paddyman is a coach with no formal boxing training. He’s focused on hitting mitts with Hall and maximizing his punching power, but they’ve done nothing to talk about defensive boxing and there has been no sparring footage released at all. 
Meanwhile, Nelson has brought up pro and amatuer champions and placed plenty of boxers in the Mountain’s way. I give a huge betting advantage to the Bjornsson camp because of what Nelson has developed for the strongman turned boxer.

Boxing Analysis for Hall vs Bjornsson 

For the Eddie Hall vs Hafthor “The Mountain” Bjornsson fight, mostly all we have to look at is footage of sparring and training, as well as the Mountain’s three exhibition matches, two of which didn’t allow for knockdown attempts. 

Should Bjornsson’s Exhibition Fights Affect my Bet?

I believe it should. Hall doesn’t have experience in the ring, specifically with getting hit or dodging punches at all. In the fight with Larratt, Thor was pumping his jab and clubbing the guard of Larratt, breaking his nose with the first few punches. The referee called the fight inside the first round, with the Mountain clubbing Larratt’s face in the first few moments. 
Against Simon Vallily, Thor used tactics like staying out of the opponent’s range and check hooks with Vallily stepped in. In his first three bouts, he did enough to stop from taking any damage at all. He does well at tying up whenever his opponents close the gap, which Hall will have to do. 

Can Eddie Hall Box?

In short, no. The video of Hall making Paddy puke blood with a body shot feels staged to anyone with even a bit of boxing experience. I have no doubt that Hall can hit hard, but I wonder about his accuracy, footwork and defensive skills, all of which we’ve seen none of. 
Eddie Hall’s bag work shows him making simple, beginner mistakes, like crossing his feet and pushing his punches downward. He’ll be hitting up at Bjornsson, and the majority of his mitt and bag work is being performed at gut level. I don’t think this is going to go well for him. He may be the first fighter crazy enough to test Thor’s chin. That’s not enough to earn my betting pick. 
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Jacob Clark / Author

Jacob Clark had a 15 year career as a professional MMA fighter, coach, and Greg Jackson’s alum. Now, TikTok’s 12th most important BJJ influencer is bringing his sports and betting knowledge to you here at TheSportsGeek. He spends his time cooking vietnamese food and playing D&D with his family. You can meet him at jiu-jitsu open mats all over Indiana.

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