"I Prepared To Be Beated To A Pulp" - The Reykjavik Grapevine

“I Prepared To Be Beated To A Pulp”

Published January 6, 2014

An Icelander who took part in the Christmas festivities of Takanakuy, Peru recounted his experience for reporters.

DV reports that footballer Marteinn Briem took part in Takanakuy’s most famous Christmas tradition: a group fist fight.

Marteinn said that when it came his turn to fight, he found his opponent was wearing steel-toed boots. Marteinn, not to keen to go up against a fighter in steel-toed boots, received a new opponent instead. This new fighter he described as “reasonably well built with a powerful swing. I really didn’t want to fight him, but I didn’t want to chicken out again. So I got in the ring and prepared to be beaten to a pulp.”

From this point, Marteinn’s memory gets a little fuzzy, but he recalled that “after a few exchange of punches, I pushed him, and he fell to the ground. This made me the winner. What a relief. All my teeth where they should be.” Marteinn then left the ring under a hail of applause.

You can see Marteinn’s fight in the video below:

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