Boxing

Eddie Hall leaves former GB gymnast Nile Wilson sprawled out on floor from punch

Ex-Olympic gymnast Nile Wilson was sent flying to the canvas after deciding to take a punch from former World’s Strongest Man Eddie Hall in the boxing ring.

In what perhaps wasn’t his wisest move, Wilson decided to step into the ring with Hall, who is gearing up for an exhibition bout against Game of Thrones star Hathor Bjornsson later this year, while donning a body protector.

Hall asks him in the video, which can be found on Wilson’s YouTube channel: “Do you feel safe in that?”

A sheepish Wilson then replies: “I don’t know. Just give me a little [punch].”

Unfortunately for the retired gymnast, Hall then lands a quick-fire left-hand jab which knocks him off his feet and leaves him on the canvas.

However, Wilson then returns to his feet and decides to take a more powerful free shot from the 360lbs strongman – who once managed to deadlift more than 1,100lbs.

And that explosive punch sends him flying backwards before he drops to the canvas once more.

Hall leans over Wilson and says: “I think he’s actually knocked out!”

When the former Olympian regains his senses, Hall then adds: “At the end of the day, I’ve been a strength athlete for 17 years.

“Hang on, let me rephrase that. An explosive strength athlete for 17 years.

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  • “Now I’m transforming that into boxing, learning the techniques.

    “I dare say I hit harder than any man on the planet.

    “I’m not saying I’m the best boxer, I’m not saying I’d fight any heavyweight…”

    Wilson then chips in and jokes: “Can I just say, you do hit harder than any man on the planet, and I just felt it!”

    Hall is set to lock horns with Bjornsson, who played The Mountain in the hit TV show Game of Thrones, in a bout being dubbed ‘The Heaviest Boxing Match in History’ later this year.

    The Brit weighs a staggering 360lbs, while his Icelandic opponent is an even heavier 450lbs.

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