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In his prime, the 6 ft 8 inch New Jersey native tipped the scales at a whopping 770 pounds (336 kg), stats that comfortably made him the world’s largest athlete. Now 42, the man they call “Tiny” has embarked on a strict dietary regime to shed 200 pounds (89 kg) as he strives for a place at the World Sumo Championships.
While Tiny Yarbrough’s size obviously aided his sumo career, it didn’t stop him excelling in other sports. In addition to his triumph at the 1995 World Sumo Championships, he also competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and was nimble enough to also be nationally ranked at judo. If his comeback is successful, he hopes to take part in the US Olympic trials.
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Sporting history is littered with big men who went on to attain cult status within their chosen arena. Eric “Butterbean” Esch never scaled the heights of heavyweight kings Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson but his 400 pound frame, bald head, pantomime scowl and spectacular knockouts made him one of boxing’s most recognisable figures in the 1990s.
Chicago Bears giant William “The Refridgerator” Perry rocketed to global fame as his team won the NFL’s Superbowl in 1985. The Fridge weighed in at 320 pounds and was renowned for his use of booze as an unorthodox method of dieting. Perry would stave off hunger by drinking beer to fill his stomach. Once he felt full, he’d hit the sauna to sweat out the alcohol.
On these shores, darts has provided a welcome home for the biggest men in UK sport. 2004 World Professional Darts champ Andy “The Viking” Fordham weighed in at over 420 pounds (190 kg) and was in the habit of downing 25 lagers as part of his pre-match warm-up ritual. Following a health scare in a televised showdown with Phil “The Power” Taylor, Fordham vowed to improve his health and enrolled in ITV’s Celebrity Fit Club.
But before “The Viking”, there was Big Cliff Lazarenko, a star of 1980s darts heyday dominated by Eric Bristow and John Lowe. A perennial semi finalist at the world championships, Lazarenko was the archetypal 1980s tungsten chucker. Unlike Tiny Yarbrough, he never felt the need to get in shape. As commentator Sid Waddell once remarked “Big Cliff’s idea of exercise is sitting in a room with the windows open taking the lid off something cool and fizzy”.