Don’t sweat it!



By Samantha Yardley

“I never thought I’d start boxing in a million years. I guess it happened because I wanted to beat Eddie Hall up.

Muscle and Health have followed the fierce heavyweight rivalry right from the beginning since the Beast graced our Fall 2021 cover (and subsequently went viral for breaking our punching machine at the Arnold Sports Festival). Let’s recap what the two adversaries had to say about one another in our exclusive interviews.

When he offered me a fight on live TV, on ESPN, I was looking for an excuse to bung the bloke in the chin, so it was perfect! Obviously, I agreed, I couldn’t say no. I signed the contract and now we’re locked in, it’s on.

We want to hurt, well, I want to hurt him. This is a serious fight. We actually genuinely hate each other

To be honest, I just want to bang this guy out, bang him out again, and then just get him out of my headspace because I’ve just spent too much time fixated on wanting to hurt this man and I just need to move on. He wronged me in 2017, he’s put a black cloud over me for a number of years. I just want to put that to bed and move on with my life.

The only reason Thor took the World’s Strongest Man title is because I retired- so he’s welcome. He’s welcome that I retired. He’s lucky I retired, or else he never would have won the World’s Strongest Man.

He then went and did some bollocks home gym hero lift trying to beat my world record deadlift. If he beat me then the fact it was only 1kg heavier is irrelevant, but I just can’t get my head around how he can think his attempt can be legitimate. Who checked the plates? His dad weighed the plates! Everything about it just stinks to me. Put it this way, if I pulled 500 kilos four years ago in my home gym and my own dad weighed the plates, every single person would smell bullshit.

I never thought I’d start boxing in a million years. I guess it’s something that happened because I wanted to beat Eddie Hall up, as well as finding a way to move on from Strongman.

The whole world knows Eddie and I don’t get along. Some people just don’t get along in life and that’s okay. I don’t need to get along with him. And that’s fine, but I don’t necessarily hate the guy, I wouldn’t go that far. I mean, I do dislike him.

He said some nasty things towards my team and my family. I do really dislike the guy and I really want to knock him out. But to hate someone, you have to go really deep and that would just take energy from me. I’m not thinking about the guy every single day, I’m just doing my thing; training and focusing on myself. If I’m too worried about him and hate him too hard, that’s going to just take energy from me. And then he’s winning. I don’t want that.

Eddie’s claims are hilarious. Let’s look at his career and let’s look at my career. How many titles internationally has he won? One. He competed for almost a decade, so why only one? Why didn’t he win any other prominent show? How many times have I won in my career? More than I can count on two hands. Who’s better? Obviously, me.

His question mark over my world record deadlift is also laughable. I mean, I have more records than he could ever have. There’s no need for me to prove anything. Everything was filmed, everything was weighed. There was a high-class referee there. It was live streamed throughout the world with millions of people watching. We could be seen weighing each and every plate, because I wanted to make sure that it would be an official record. It’s now in the Guinness World Record Book as the heaviest lift ever. So that’s that.



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