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Steven Ward expects his clash with Strong man Thor to be like Rocky vs Hulk Hogan

Steven Ward is taking inspiration from Rocky Balboa ahead of his exhibition bout with former World’s Strongest Man Hafthor Bjornsson – saying it will be like when Rocky fought Hulk Hogan!

Rocky has proved inspiration for many a boxer over the years, but most take it from performances against the like Cluber Lang, Apollo Creed or Ivan Drago.

However, such is Ward’s exhibition with the man once deemed the strongest on the planet, that he is comparing it to Rocky’s exhibition with Hulk Hogan in Rocky III.

Ward faces the man known as ‘The Mountain’ at Conrad Dubai this weekend, with viewers able to watch the fight on Saturday via coresports.world (exact time to be confirmed).

It sees Bjornsson get some rounds under his belt as he prepares for his upcoming grudge match with fellow strongman Eddie Hall.

Ward admits he is heading into the unknown by taking on such a huge opponent, and is cautious of awakening the sleeping giant in Thor!

Ward said: “It’s going to be strange facing a man of his size. If you ever watched Rocky and saw when he fought Hulk Hogan and the size difference, this is how I feel like it’s going to be!

“It’s a bit of the unknown. Maybe I’ll catch him with a half decent shot and then it will be like I’m waking a sleeping giant and he’ll go mad and start throwing haymakers at me!

“I’m expecting millions of people to watch it, so hopefully some can become fans of the Quiet Man and follow me this year, as I think it will be a good year in the professional ring for me.

“I want to be as active as I can be, and I want to take any opportunities that come my way. I’m looking forward to getting a good few wins under me and being in decent competitive fights.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com