Eddie Hall has a new 6-foot-10 training partner as he prepares for his clash with Hafthor Bjornsson in September.
The two strongest former men in the world will fight in Las Vegas to settle their differences in a bout dubbed ‘the heaviest boxing match in history’.
Hall has ramped up his preparations for the fight and has lost a lot of weight as he transforms his body ready for the boxing ring.
Bjornsson comes in at around 6ft 9in, so the British strongman enlisted the help of a young boxer to prepare him.
In a YouTube video, he revealed that Josh Middleton, 19, joined “ Team Beast ” full time.
Hall revealed that the teenager has high aspirations to follow in the footsteps of world champions like Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury.
He said: “Josh has helped me a lot lately. 6 foot 10 and a half and 18th in body weight – so he’s a big boy.
“He’s been boxing since he was 14, had a few fights and won everything he got his hands on.
“He’s mostly a right-handed boxer, but he helps me fight the left-hander so he can change, which is a hell of a skill to be able to change.
“Josh told me his aspirations of wanting to be the best in the world at wholesale and for a 19 year old that’s a big goal to have.
“He’s telling me with confidence, but I’m going to go say it for him, I think with this genetics and a lot of will and support, he can continue to be world champion.
The feud with Game of Thrones’ ‘The Mountain’ began when Hall won the 2017 World’s Strongest Man as Bjornsson accused the Briton of cheating during the Viking press.
However, video evidence uploaded to Hall’s YouTube channel appeared to reject the Icelandic’s claims.
Thor, as he usually says, has made his own preparations and participates in exhibition fights to prepare for the ring.
He will face British Commonwealth gold medalist Simon Vallily in May in Dubai, but it won’t be an easy test.
Vallily has vowed to “ test ” Thor’s chin in the three-round fight.