Boxing in the UAE: Thor Bjornsson shows the scales in his favor ahead of the clash with Simon Vallily in Dubai

Thor Björnsson will have an 80-pound lead over opponent Simon Vallily as they weighed in Thursday ahead of Friday’s highly anticipated display. The two men will depart for the Conrad Dubai on Friday, with the event being broadcast live on Coresports around the world. Tickets for the event at the Conrad are available, with a VIP brunch package with seating on the Dh1,000 side. A standard ticket is Dh350 with upgrade packages available. The weigh-in took place on Thursday with Bjornsson – the world’s strongest man in 2018 – weighing a whopping 152 kg (335 kg), while Vallily – the heavyweight champion of the 2010 Commonwealth Games – wore his fighting shoes, shorts and a shirt . the scales, were 116 kg (255 pounds), 80 pounds lighter than Thor.

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This will be Bjornsson’s latest exhibition before his showdown with strong rival Eddie Hall later this year. He had a fight in Dubai in January, where he drew with current fighter and former WBO European light heavyweight champion Steven Ward. Vallily is known for his knockout power, with five of his last six wins coming to a halt. The gates for Friday’s event open at 2:30 p.m., and the action begins at 3 p.m., meaning fans will be treated to non-stop entertainment throughout the course of the afternoon. Like Anthony De Bruijin, Stephane Fondjo, Jamie King, Murodjon Yokubov and Bader Samreen are all in action on the map, ahead of the match between Bjornsson and Vallily.