Bjornsson dropped Hall twice en-route to outpointing his strongman rival – but fans believe several rounds were shorter than the agreed three minutes
Boxing fans are convinced Thor Bjornsson’s victory over Eddie Hall was stopped prematurely.
Bjornsson knocked down his opponent twice en-route to a comfortable and deserved points win over Hall in Dubai last night.
The Icelander was given the nod by all three ringside judges who scored the fight 57-54 in his favour.
But the broadcast of the fight was besieged with problems after the stream continuously failed both before and during the bout.
And fans were unhappy with what they perceived to be the early finishes to rounds.
One wrote on social media: “Noticed they would ring the bell in the second round and last round EARLY. Be 5-10 seconds left and they ring the bell early. What’s up with that? You guys don’t call the shots but what’s with the bell ringer and ref? Eddie knocked Thor back and ref didn’t let him follow through.”
Another added: “The Eddie Hall vs Thor fight was an absolute s*** show and I’m sure it was stopped with 10 seconds left on the clock.”
There was no question over the result of the fight but Hall did finish the fight strongly despite being dropped himself earlier in the sixth session.
But another fan said: “Thor vs Eddie hall was stopped with 10 seconds left still in round six, that’s enough time for a knockout blow.”
And another said: “There is 10 seconds left and they ring the bell? Happened a few times in the fight. “
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Bjornsson and Hall had been bickering since the controversial conclusion to the World’s Strongest Man competition in 2017.
But the Icelander feels their beef is now quashed having met in the ring.
“On my behalf [the rivalry is over],” said the winner. “Understandably he seemed angry still, he lost the fight. There are a lot of feelings right now.
“If he wants a rematch I’ll take one no problem. I would like to thank Eddie Hall and his team.
“He put up a hell of a battle. I’d never been dropped in training so he really can punch hard. But today I believe boxing technique one.
“I’m really enjoying this journey and if there are other opportunities I am at least open to it.”