On March 19, 2022, former World’s Strongest Man (WSM) champions Eddie Corridor and Hafthor Björnsson ironed out their “soiled laundry” within the boxing ring. Björnsson defeated Corridor by unanimous determination in what may need been the capper to a long-standing back-and-forth.
As Corridor strikes ahead, he took to his Instagram on March 29, 2022, to mirror on the defeat. His deal with included a number of necessary notes in regards to the struggle and what’s subsequent. Amongst them, was a humble expression of appreciation for his rival.
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Consuming ‘Humble Pie’
Corridor first supplied deference to Björnsson. He shared his admiration for the Icelandic athlete’s achievements, even earlier than they took to the ring collectively.
“It’s time for me to eat somewhat little bit of humble pie and deal with a number of issues,” Corridor says within the video. “Firstly, I need to say a large nicely completed to Thor. I need to say nicely completed for the struggle. I need to take this chance to say what an incredible Strongman you’re, or had been.”
Corridor’s commentary makes it seem that he at all times revered Björnsson, no matter any potential unhealthy blood. When push got here to shove, it appears Björnsson was solely one other elite strongman who occurred to compete towards Corridor over a number of the highlights of his profession.
Nothing extra. That dynamic may understandably set up wholesome regard between two high strength-sports athletes and two human beings.
“I admire you [Björnsson], as a person and the stuff you’ve completed and who you’re as a result of, on the finish of the day, you’re a phenomenon,” Corridor continues. “You’re an enormous of the world amongst us.”
True to His Phrase
The lead-up to the struggle noticed Corridor and Björnsson talk about the phrases of defeat.
Initially, there was minor rivalry over the sum of money the loser would donate to the winner’s chosen charity. The 2 finally agreed to each donate $200,000 to the winner’s most well-liked charity. There was additionally an obvious settlement on the loser getting the winner’s title tattooed on their physique.
Including gas to the fireplace post-match, bodybuilder, powerlifter, and strongman Larry Wheels stipulated that Corridor owes him $10,000 over a guess about who would win the struggle. The 2 had beforehand verbally sparred intermittently over social media in 2021.
Wheels talked about Corridor’s debt once more in a post-match interview with Björnsson on his YouTube channel.
“We’ve obtained to attend for folks to pay up,” Corridor says. “We’ve obtained like a month type of clause within the contract for these items to be paid over. Everyone goes to get their cash. Larry [Wheels] goes to get his cash. I’m a person of my phrase.”
Notably, Corridor leaves the tattoo out of his deal with. As a consequence of attainable miscommunication, he says that he and Björnsson by no means agreed to formal phrases on physique ink. As such, he gained’t be getting one for now.
Corridor stopped in need of ruling out the tattoo altogether. He left it as a chip on the desk to probably entice Björnsson right into a rematch sooner or later.
“So, it’s going for use as a instrument for the rematch, which is okay,” Corridor says. “I might do the identical. I wouldn’t do the rematch until Thor obtained the tattoo. It’s going to occur.”
What Lies Forward
Corridor’s rivalry with Björnsson started in the course of the 2017 WSM, the place Corridor claimed the championship over his competitor. That win didn’t come with out controversy. An official appeared to overlook the decision for one in every of Björnsson’s Viking Press reps — Corridor’s margin of victory.
Later, in 2018, when Björnsson eclipsed Corridor’s earlier world report 500-kilogram deadlift (1,102.3 kilos) by exactly one kilogram, the aggressive spirit continued to fester. Equally, as a result of Björnsson’s report occurred outdoors of a sanctioned competitors, Corridor made it clear he thought it shouldn’t depend.
With each males since retired from skilled strongman competitions, they couldn’t settle their variations by lifting Atlas Stones. As a substitute, they took to boxing, and Björnsson in the end obtained the final chuckle.
In fact, if Corridor will get his tattoo, that may change. He may use it as a precursor to persevering with his now pleasant rivalry with Björnsson.
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