Aussie strongman Alex ‘Godly Strong’ Simon will finally make his boxing debut after Paul Gallen denied him his chance against a Game of Thrones star.
Alex Simon, who has previously been crowned Australia’s strongest man, was set to fight Hafthor Bjornsson – the actor and fellow strongman who played ‘The Mountain’ in the popular TV series.
But Simon tore his bicep off the bone while sparring with Gallen in preparation for the fight against Bjornsson.
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“He’s one tough mother f***er, straight up,” Simon told foxsports.com.au about Gallen.
“We organised to spar and I was cracking him pretty f***ing hard. He’s just a machine, bro.”
Simon will now fight Tavita Vaoga on the Gallen and Darcy Lussick undercard in Sydney on Wednesday night.
Simon will step into the ring at around 135kgs and he’s determined to add another knockout to his showreel.
The 29-year-old has won five of six fights in MMA and kickboxing, with all the victories coming via knockout inside 31 seconds.
“Everyone knows what I do. I’m a big powerhouse, I come to fight and I’m exciting. You shouldn’t blink,” Simon said.
“Everybody tune in. I’m going to make sure that my fight is exciting for you guys to watch.
“There’s always fireworks when I fight, nothing else, I give the people what they want to see.”
The 2017 world’s strongest man, Eddie Hall, was set to replace Simon following his bicep tear but then he suffered the same injury in his preparation.
The Hall-Bjornsson fight has been postponed until April but Simon hopes a clinical performance against Vaoga will earn him another shot.
“As soon as I saw Eddie Hall tore his bicep, I called the promoter and said if (Bjornsson) wants to do it and stay ready, I’m keen,” Simon said.
“He said he’ll get back to me but that was a few months ago and I haven’t heard back.
“After tomorrow night I might hit him up again and see what they say.
“If I don’t perform then nothing is going to come, but if I perform then there are lots of opportunities.
“First thing firs,t I have to win and win impressively tomorrow night.”
Simon was 30kgs heavier when he injured himself sparring against Gallen but said the former NRL was equal to the challenge.
“I sparred him earlier in the year when I was still a big fella, I was probably like 165kgs and I was training to fight the world’s strongest man,” Simon said.
“He just keeps coming, he’s a brick and he stays on you and he’s fit as f***, he doesn’t get tired.
“Absolutely, he’ll win tomorrow night.”
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