Strongman Eddie Hall Punched His Trainer So Hard He Coughed Up Blood

Philip Ellis
·2-min read
Photo credit: Eddie Hall - YouTube
Photo credit: Eddie Hall - YouTube

From Men's Health

Former World's Strongest Man winner Eddie Hall has been spending 2020 focusing on leaning down and building up his speed, stamina, explosiveness, and agility so that he has what it takes to step into the boxing ring ahead of his long-awaited fight with rival strongman Hafthor Bjornsson. And in a new video, Eddie proves that his legendary strength makes him a force to be reckoned with in or out of the ring.

The clip starts out documenting Eddie and boxing coach Lyndon's training session, based on parries and other defensive and reactive movements. "Half of the problem with doing this technique stuff is the punch is there, but I just have to flick it, not land it," says Eddie. "We're not that advanced yet, there's no point in me smacking him in the face until I've learned how to box. And that's exactly what I'm doing; I'm learning, I'm lining up those shots, I'm ready for when we get closer to the fight and put the headgear on, mouthguard in, and then I'll start smoking him out."

It's not long before Eddie is dripping with sweat, which in turn makes his boxing gloves even heavier. "When they're wet, I'd say I've got a good 45 ounces in my hands," he says. "It's literally like I'm throwing bricks... This is what I need. Building speed up with heavy hands."

Eddie lands some heavy hits on his training partner Paddy while they're sparring. Then, in the fifth round, even though he's wearing the bodybag, which should protect him, Paddy ends up taking a slug to the chest that leaves him hanging over the ropes, gasping for breath and coughing up blood.

Eddie resumes the video one week after the incident, after Paddy has been fully checked out by a doctor. While Paddy is waiting 21 days until he gets back in the ring, just to be safe, they both agree that it probably looked a lot worse on camera than it was.

"I'm suffering still, but I'm getting better slowly," says Paddy. "Still tender, still waking up in the night, but it's not too bad now. I recovered quite quickly from it, luckily."

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