Winner of Europe’s Most Strongest Man, Eddie Hall is 6’3, 410lbs. Eddie loves the sport of Boxing and decided to take on 140lbs professional Boxer from Britain, Scott Lawton, in a full sparring match.
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Hall was born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.As a teenager, he was a successful competitive swimmer, but was expelled from school. In 2008, he began working as a mechanic in the garage at the Robert Wiseman Dairies site in Market Drayton, Shropshire. He trained and competed as a bodybuilder and entered the strongman circuit, having done a strongman’s camp at the Iceman gym in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. In 2010, Dave Meer of Tamworth, Staffordshire had to drop out of the England championships organised by Elite Strongman because of injury. He arranged for Hall to take his place and led to Hall making it into the 2010 finals, which he won on his first attempt by half a point. Hall finished first at the UK’s Strongest Man 2011 competition in Belfast, with Ken Nowicki in 2nd and Rich Smith in 3rd. His win was helped by setting a new national record in the “Viking Hold”, hanging on to 20kg axes in each hand at full stretch for one minute and 18 seconds.
Hall tore tendons in an arm during the competition, but was hopeful of a spot at the World’s Strongest Man in September. However, his improved ranking could only guarantee a spot for 2012, and he did not compete at WSM in 2011. Winning the UK title meant that Hall became the first choice to replace Jono MacFarlane of New Zealand in the Giants Live Melbourne event in February 2012, when the latter suffered a back injury. He placed fourth in his first taste of international competition. Later, in April 2012, he was invited to compete at Europe’s Strongest Man, another Giants Live event. This was held at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, home of the Leeds Rhinos rugby league team and Hall found himself competing alongside six of the ten finalists from World’s Strongest Man 2011, including two-time World’s Strongest Man, Žydrūnas Savickas. Hall finished in eighth place. In April 2013, Hall failed to qualify for Europe’s Strongest Man 2013. However, he was given a second chance when Ervin Katona was forced to retire due to injury. Hall competed in his place and came in eighth place. In April, Hall also featured on BBC One’s Watchdog programme, who enlisted his help to test even the strongest of drivers in specific circumstances.
In 2012, Hall competed at the World’s Strongest Man finals, but did not progress beyond his qualifying group. Hall returned in 2013, winning two events in his heat but narrowly missing out on qualifying after a poor final event. In 2014, Hall reached the final for the first time, coming second in the Squat Lift event and ultimately finishing 6th. In March 2015, Hall achieved the world record for lifting the weight of 462 kilograms (1,019 lb; 72.8 st) in the deadlift. The record was achieved at the Arnold Classic in Australia, and Arnold Schwarzenegger was present to cheer him on. He promptly broke his own record at the World Deadlift Championships 2015, with a 463 kilograms (1,021 lb; 72.9 st) deadlift.